You may remember the recent Facebook update that added two rather controversial app shortcuts on users' devices, with icons that had to be revised because they looked a little too similar to a couple of Android's stock icons.
If you found the added shortcuts to be redundant, confusing, or just plain useless, you're in luck - with the app's latest update, the shortcuts have been totally removed.
It's not exactly clear why Facebook so quickly yanked the shortcuts from the app, but rumblings from the user community about the – in many cases – unwanted installation of extra apps may have something to do with the decision. Read More
Facebook's Messenger app for Android has been updated, and here's the changelog:
- Now it’s even easier to reach groups of friends on the go:
- Text everyone for free, using your existing data plan
- Reach friends wherever they are now – on their phone or the web
- Know who’s seen your message, and who hasn’t
- See where friends are messaging you from
Now, you're probably wondering what Facebook means by "texting" - they mean the app will send SMS notifications of your messages to people who aren't using the app but are on your friends list, and have their mobile phone number listed on their profile. Read More
Facebook for Android has been updated to version 1.9, bringing performance improvements (read: faster feed scrolling), a some new picture sharing and messaging features. You may not be able to get it quite yet on the device Play Store, but forcing the download from the web Play Store should do the trick, as usual. Here's the changelog:
-Improved performance and various bug fixes
-More messaging features like creating group messages and adding friends to existing group conversations
-Shortcuts to share photos and messages right from your home screen
I've already noticed smoother operation in the main feed when scrolling, and the new photo share button on the main feed page is pretty handy, too. Read More
Break out your Dr. Evil jokes, if you've got any left. Facebook just announced that it will be acquiring Instagram, the popular photo-sharing app and recent addition to the Play Store family, for a cool billion dollars. You read that right. With a "b". Billion. To answer all the critics who were wondering what's so cool about Instagram: a billion dollars.
Instagram assures us in a blog post on the subject that the app will stay the exact same as it always has been. Except better. But still the same. It remains to be seen just what Facebook will do with Instagram. Read More
I don't know a single person who has Facebook and doesn't check it on their phone. I also don't know a single person who doesn't hate how ridiculously slow the official Facebook app is. Fortunately, Facebook has APIs that allow third-party applications to do everything that you would normally use the official app to do - and it many cases, they do it better. A good example of "doing it better" is Friendcaster fro Facebook, which just so happened to receive an pretty massive update to version 5 today.
Version 5 brings many new features to the app, but the most notable is the all-new interface (which looks absolutely fantastic). Read More
Facebook’s current Android app has become the subject of much hatred from the Android community – for one thing, it rarely works properly (if at all); for another, its looks have become quite stale. Sadly, we still haven’t seen any plans for future improvements, so Redditor monkfishbandana took it upon himself to come up with a mock-up of how he believes Facebook for Android should look, especially with a beautiful OS like Ice Cream Sandwich.
Update: The mocks were updated to v2 - you can view them here (via Reddit). The original mocks are preserved below.
Facebook developers, take note:
Though there are countless improvements over the real Facebook app, a few key features have been excluded for various reasons:
The ‘Timeline’ lacks location and ‘studying at’ icons
‘Request’ notifications have been dropped from the action bar and added to the Friends section
The ‘Create Event’ and ‘Create Message’ buttons are missing
Still, it’s a pretty impressive first try, especially considering that monkfishbandana claims he’s only spent a few days on it. Read More
If you're a fan of Seesmic, then you may have noticed an update hit the Store earlier today that brings a number of new features, including Instagram embedding, the ability to upload images directly to Twitter, and the arrival of ads. While the latter will surely make some users rage, there is actually a good reason for this: the Pro version hit the Store today, as well.
The Pro version not only gets rid of the ads (so you get the same familiar Seesmic that you're used to), but it also brings the ability to combine your Facebook and Twitter streams into one. Read More
If you've downloaded anything Temple Run-related from the Android Market, you've been scammed. We do our best to keep you informed, but this app in particular seems to spark a lot of fakes. Thankfully, Imangi Studios, the developer behind Temple Run, announced on their Facebook page that the app isn't out yet, but when it is the company will announce it at least a week in advance.
The sheer number of scam apps that have been appearing in the Android Market is astounding. However, none of them are legit. Here's the word from Temple Run's official Facebook page:
For the impatient: no, it's not out yet, yes everything on the Market claiming to be related to Temple Run is a scam, and you will have at least a week's notice from Temple Run's official Facebook page before the game comes out. Read More