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Swipe for Facebook updated to v7.0 after long hiatus

Facebook makes an app for Android, and it's aggravating in a myriad of ways despite frequent promises from Facebook that it would improve said app. That's why a good portion of Facebook users just log in via the mobile web or use one of the various wrapper apps in the Play Store. One of the most popular apps has been Swipe for Facebook, but it fell into disrepair a while back. Now, the dev has returned with a big v7.0 update and a promise to keep the updates coming.

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Instagram introduces new ways to reply to direct messages with photos and videos

In the ever changing world of social media apps, it's important to stay ahead of the game. The constant jostling for the affection of users leads to various little new features, some good, some not so good. Instagram is faring better than most of its competitors at present, partially due to the success of its Snapchat clone, Stories. The latest addition to the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app is intended to make direct message replies a little more visual.

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Facebook is adjusting the newsfeed to make it easier to read and more conversational

Although it might not always seem like it, UX is paramount to Facebook's devs. They want to make engagement with the app as easy as possible in order to persuade users to keep coming back for more. Every change they make is rigorously tested, a difficult task given UI preferences are highly subjective among the app's billions of users. For that reason, we don't see too many changes. Over the next few weeks, Facebook is going to roll out some of the biggest visual adjustments we'll have seen for quite some time.

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Facebook introduces new video platform Watch in a bid to compete with YouTube

For a while now, Facebook has been trying to figure out what to do with video, both in its app and on the site. The social network has been testing various UI changes, such as a live streaming tab and a suggested video FAB. In the States, there has been a video tab in place of friend requests for some time, for many users at least. Since the company gave up on pushing live video quite so hard, this has been home to video notifications and suggested videos as well. Facebook has reimagined this space once again, and it will now be home to a new video platform called Watch.

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Facebook shuts down Lifestage, the company's teen-only social media app

It's impossible to know what the next hit mobile app will be. One day, it's a game where a bird jumps up and down, and the next, a clone of Bejeweled with candy. Facebook gave it a shot with 'Lifestage,' a social media app exclusive to high school students. Not even a year after it was released, Facebook is shutting it down.

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Facebook says goodbye to the Groups app on September 1

In its quest to bring all of the things into the core application, Facebook has decided to sunset the Groups app on September 1. If you're not deep in the FB world, then you might be forgiven for forgetting that this even existed — I sure did.

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Stories that link to faster-loading webpages will soon see priority in the Facebook app's News Feed

In its continuing quest to improve your News Feed/app experience, or just be creepy, Facebook has announced a shift in how it shows you external links to other webpages. The gist is that FB will show you more stories that will load faster, and less of the ones that may take longer for you to see.

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[Update: Now available in the Play Store] Game Live from Samsung will live stream your screen to Facebook, Twitch, or Youtube

Samsung gets a lot of stick for what's perceived as bloatware on its devices, even if that situation has improved somewhat in recent years. With that, it's easy to forget that the Korean company does actually produce some really useful software, as evidenced by a new app that's aimed at mobile gamers. Samsung Game Live will allow users to live stream their gaming prowess to various other services.

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Facebook is testing a standalone video chat device, could be running Android

According to a report from Bloomberg, Facebook is building a video calling device for the home, in what is essentially a new product category. It apparently has a laptop-sized screen and smart camera technology that gives users the impression of being in the same room as one another.

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