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Slingshot is Facebook’s shot at Snapchat, based on an unusual contest

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Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to flood the world with apps is starting to become a reality. Today, Facebook launched an app called Slingshot, which is said to be a direct competitor to the ever popular app Snapchat.

Slingshot is somewhat similar to Snapchat in terms of snapping a picture or recording a video and quickly sharing it with friends. However, there is a little caveat. Let’s say your friends send you a picture/video, you will not be able to see it unless you send them a picture or video back. And that is without even knowing what the content of their message is. Weird, isn’t it??

Here are the rest of the features:

  • Go shot for shot: To unlock new shots, first you have to sling something back
  • Enjoy it while it lasts: Once you swipe a shot away, it’ll no longer be viewable
  • Send a quick reply: After unlocking a shot, respond with your reaction
  • Get creative: Express yourself with captions and drawings
  • Look when you want: View unlocked shots later if you’re busy

You can give Slingshot a try by hitting the link below. There is a chance that none of your friends are using it right now. Let us know what you think by dropping a comment below.

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Facebook currently testing automatic photo upload feature via Android app

Facebook is soon going to be letting all of its users automatically upload pictures taken with their Android devices directly to a private album on their Facebook account. The Verge has received confirmation that Facebook is currently testing out the automatic photo uploading feature with a small number of users. With the feature enabled, pictures taken from your Android device will automatically be uploaded to a private Facebook album from where you will have the ability to share with the rest of your friends.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this feature implemented on an Android app or social networking service. Google rolled out the feature when it launched its Google Plus social network and Dropbox followed soon after by updating their mobile app to allow automatic uploading of photos and videos.

You can check to see if you’re one of the lucky people who have the feature enabled. From your phone, head to your timeline, tap photos, and then tap sync at the bottom of the page. From a computer, go to your timeline, click photos, and then click Synced from Phone. You can choose how many photos you would like to sync and can store up to 2GB worth of photos.

Although I occasionally back up the pictures on my phone to my backup hard drive, I use Google Plus’s instant upload feature as a primary backup solution for my mobile pictures and videos.

Are you one of the people who have this new feature enabled? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Source: Facebook | The Verge

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Facebook working on native Android app, will no longer use HTML 5

The days of a crappy Facebook app for Android is going to be over soon. According to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook is working on a new app for Android that uses Android’s API instead of HTML 5.

Mr. Zuckerberg announced Facebook’s plans for mobile at an interview during the TechCrunch Disrupt conference. Zuckerberg admitted that Facebook made some mistakes when it came to mobile, especially in its app strategy. “The biggest mistake we made as a company was betting too much on HTML 5 instead of native”. Mark also said that Facebook was going to be dropping HTML 5 in its Android and iOS apps.

Unfortunately, there’s no ETA for this updated version of the Facebook app for Android. Zuckerberg only said that the app would be ready when it’s ready.

What do you guys think about the Facebook for Android app? Are you looking forward to an updated version? Let us know by leaving a comment below.



Source: TechCrunch | via AC

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Bloomberg gets in on the Facebook phone rumors, says it’s coming in mid-2013

First it was DigiTimes, then the New York Times, and now Bloomberg has information on the Facebook phone.

According to a new report from Bloomberg, the Facebook phone could be available as soon as mid-2013. Facebook has contracted HTC to build its first real smartphone. According to the report, the phone was supposed to be released by the end of this year, but was pushed back so that HTC could have more time to work on other projects.

Like Amazon and its Kindle Fire, Facebook is expected to build its phone using a modified version of Google’s Android smartphone operating system. With its own mobile phone, Facebook is hoping to monetize on the millions of its users that currently use the service through mobile.

What do you guys think about a Facebook phone? Is it something you’d be interested in getting once it is released? Let us know by dropping a comment below.

Source: Bloomberg | via AC

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Facebook Android app latest update only works with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and up

Facebook’s Android application received a new update today upgrading it to version 1.9.7. The unsual thing about it is that it will only work with devices running Android 2.2 aka Froyo and up. We can understand Facebook’s move here since 63% of Android devices are running Android 2.3 Gingerbread while there are only 17.3% devices out there that are on Froyo. Here is the full changelog:

  • Facebook for Android 1.9.7 requires Android 2.2 and up
  • A front-facing camera makes it easier to take photos
  • New messaging features let you switch between conversations, include friends of friends, share bigger photos, and see who’s available
  • Various bug fixes
  • Made a security improvement
  • Faster app login and navigation

If you have one of the “eligible” devices, head to the Play Store and grab the latest update for the Facebook Android application.

[qrcode size=”150″]https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.katana[/qrcode]
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Facebook Messenger Android app updated with new features, bug fixes

The Facebook Messenger Android application received a somewhat major update today. It brings new features such as the ability to quickly switch between multiple conversations with in-app notifications, swipe to delete individual messages from conversations, see who’s available and more. Not only that but Facebook also included improvements to the user interface and the usual bug fixes. Here is the full changelog:

Now with more great ways to stay in touch on the go:

  • Quickly switch between multiple conversations with in-app notifications
  • Include friends of friends in conversations
  • See who’s available when you start a new conversation
  • Share bigger photos, tap for full screen and pinch to zoom

More improvements:

  • Faster app loading, navigating and sending
  • More-reliable push notifications
  • Bug fixes

If you haven’t updated your Facebook Messenger app, we have the links for you below. Do you guys use this app at all?

[qrcode]https://market.android.com/details?id=com.facebook.orca[/qrcode]
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Facebook for Android receives minor bug-fixing update

If you use the official Facebook app for Android, you might want to check your device for an update. Yesterday, Facebook released a minor update to its app that resolves some issues that some people were experiencing. According to the change log, the update fixes crashes after logout and long periods of inactivity.

While some have moved on, it’s nice to see that Facebook is still working hard to make the experience on Android a better one.

To get the update, head over the Google Play store and download it now!

[qrcode size=”150″]https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.katana[/qrcode]
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New Motorola Motoactv update brings Facebook and Twitter integration

If you’re one of the many people who currently use the Motorola MotoActv to track your fitness, there’s some good news for you. Motorola has announced that an update is now available for the device. The new update, version 1.7.2 for the golf edition and version 1.7.3 for the non-golf edition, brings Twitter and Facebook integration, in addition to other new features and bug fixes.

Those of you who have been waiting to check tweets and Facebook wall posts will be able to after this latest update. After updating, all you have to do is search for the Facebook and Twitter plugins from the Google Play store and you’ll be able to stay in your online social loop right from your wrist.

Other features of the update include:

  • New views and more options for the Golf edition
  • More flexible workout planning
  • New heart rate choices for fitness zones
  • The ability to wake up the device by pressing the start key
  • More custom activities and better calorie tracking
  • Better map viewing features, such as zooming in and panning out
  • The ability to connect to hidden Wi-Fi networks

If you have the MotoActv, it’s definitely worth updating. To update, simply connect your MotoActv to your computer and you will be prompted to download and install the update. If you aren’t automatically prompted to update, simply click Device > Check device for upgrade in Motocast USB. Let us know how the update goes and how you like your MotoActv after the update.

Source: Motorola | via Droid Life

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Report: Facebook hiring former Apple engineers, hoping to release smartphone by next year

According to a new report from The New York Times, Facebook is working on a smartphone that they hope to release by next year. According to the report by the New York Times, Facebook is serious about this phone, especially now that it is a public company with revenues and profits to worry about. The company has gone ahead and hired over half a dozen former Apple employees (both software and hardware engineers) that worked on the iPhone. In addition to the iPhone engineers, the company has also hired a former employee that worked on the iPad.

This isn’t the first time that we’ve heard of Facebook working on a smartphone of its own. We first heard of Facebook working on a smartphone last year from All Things Digital. Codenamed Buffy, the Facebook phone would offer deep Facebook integration. Back in April, Digitimes re-energized the Facebook Phone rumors when they, too, reported that Facebook and HTC were working together on a smartphone.

Although the HTC Chacha and Status have been released, 2 phones with dedicated Facebook buttons, this new Facebook phone being worked on would be Facebook’s third attempt at creating a smartphone that they could call theirs.

Although Facebook recently opened up its own App Center, it’s likely that they will be following the footsteps of Amazon and modifying Android to fit their needs.

It’s extremely important for Facebook to monetize the mobile space, especially now that they’re a publicly traded company. With many of its 900+ million users accessing the site via mobile, they need to find multiple ways to monetize that segment. Launching a smartphone dedicated to the service is definitely one way to go about doing that.

With a little over 6 months left until it’s rumored to be available to the public, we’re sure that we’re going to be hearing more stories about the Facebook phone as time inches closer to a launch date. We’ll make sure to bring you all the latest news as it becomes available.

Source: New York Times | via The Verge

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Latest update for Facebook Android app removes camera and messages shortcuts

If you remember, Facebook’s latest update brought a couple of shortcuts that were quite annoying. Worry no more because they listened to your feedback and released version 1.9.2 of their Android app removing the camera and messaging shortcuts from your app drawer. You will also find the usual bug fixes which may or not make the social network’s app run smoother than before. Head to the Play Store to grab the update or simply use our links below.

[qrcode size=”150″]https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.katana[/qrcode]
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Facebook Messenger for Android gets updated to version 1.7 with bug fixes and more

We’re not sure how many people out there use Facebook Messenger as their “free-texting” app but we thought that we should let you know that it has been updated to version 1.7 with a bunch of bug fixes and some new features. Here is the changelog:

  • 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
  • Also includes:
  • Typing indicator – see when your friend is replying
  • Bug fixes

If you choose to not disclose your location while using this app, location services can be turned of directly from its settings menu. Use our links below to grab the update.

[qrcode]https://market.android.com/details?id=com.facebook.orca[/qrcode]
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Rumor: Facebook and HTC working on smartphone

How does another Facebook phone sound? After launching the HTC Chacha and HTC Salsa, two Android-powered phones with dedicated Facebook buttons, it looks like the two companies are getting ready to give it another shot. According to sources familiar with the matter, HTC and Facebook are working on another Facebook phone.

The new Facebook phone will have a platform exclusive to Facebook to enable and integrate all functions currently available on the popular social networking website. It is unclear if the phone will feature Google services, or if Facebook will be heading in the direction of Amazon and its Kindle Fire.

According to Digitimes, HTC is working with Facebook because Google has chosen Samsung to develop the next Nexus device. The rumored Facebook phone is expected to be launched sometimes during the third quarter of 2012.

Now that Facebook is about to go public, them developing a phone of their own wouldn’t be such as bad idea. The company is looking for ways to make money out of the millions of people that currently access the social networking site via mobile devices.

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Facebook for Android updated with new camera and messenger icons

The Facebook for Android app received another update yesterday. The update, which is currently available in the Google Play store features bug fixes and new redesigned shortcuts for their camera and messenger portion of the app.

As you recall, Facebook updated its app a few days ago, making the overall experience slightly better. Unfortunately, it also added two icons to the app drawer that cannot be removed: a camera and messenger icon. Not only can’t the icons be removed, they also can be a little confusing.

The updated icons include a little Facebook icon, which will help users differentiate between the stock camera/messenger app and the Facebook ones.

If you haven’t already, head over to the Google Play store and update the Facebook for Android app.

[qrcode size=”150″]https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.katana[/qrcode]
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Facebook for Android receives update with performance enhancements and more

Facebook has pushed a brand new update to its Android application bringing performance improvements, bug fixes, creating group messages and shortcuts to share photos and messages. Here is 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

The update is currently available at the Play Store. You can grab it by using our download links below. Do you guys see any improvements?

[qrcode size=”150″]https://market.android.com/details?id=com.facebook.katana[/qrcode]
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Facebook agrees to buy Instagram for $1 billion

Kevin Systrom, Instagram co-founder

Facebook has agreed to purchase Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stocks. Both companies made announcements of the acquisition today. The acquisition comes just a few days after the popular photo sharing social network finally released an official Android version of their app.

Both companies are insisting that despite the planned acquisition, things will remain separate. In a Facebook post, CEO Mark Zuckerberg had this to say in regards to the acquisition:

We believe these are different experiences that complement each other. But in order to do this well, we need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram’s strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook. That’s why we’re committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Millions of people around the world love the Instagram app and the brand associated with it, and our goal is to help spread this app and brand to even more people.

Instagram CEO, Kevin Systrom, had this to say about the acquisition and the future of Instagram via the Instagram blog:

It’s important to be clear that Instagram is not going away. We’ll be working with Facebook to evolve Instagram and build the network. We’ll continue to add new features to the product and find new ways to create a better mobile photos experience.

The Instagram app will still be the same one you know and love. You’ll still have all the same people you follow and that follow you. You’ll still be able to share to other social networks. And you’ll still have all the other features that make the app so fun and unique.

We’re psyched to be joining Facebook and are excited to build a better Instagram for everyone.

So, there you have it. Two years after it was launched, and after $100M in funding, Instagram is going to be acquired by Facebook for $1 billion. I’m happy for the guys over at Instagram. They worked hard to create a great product that many people enjoy using.

I hope that the acquisition brings nothing but great new features for both Facebook and Instagram and that Instagram continues to be an independent service!

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If only the Facebook for Android app looked like this


    

Check out these pictures of what Redditor monkfishbandana believes the Facebook app for Android should look like. It’s no secret that the Android community isn’t too happy about the current state of the Facebook app for Android. Seriously, how can a company like Facebook, that is worth billions of dollars, have such a hard time making their app look good and work properly?

While monkfishbandana’s UI is nothing but a mock-up, it will have you wishing that the development team at Facebook got their hands on this design and implemented it right away. The mock-up features design guidelines introduced by Google and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and to be honest, it looks super sweet.

There are currently three things that’s needs attention in monkfishbandana’s mock-up, and outlined them on his post on Reddit:

  1. Firstly, I need to add location and ‘studying at’ icons to the Timeline.
  2. Secondly, there needs to be a decision made on the Action Bar. I’ve tried my best to balance the ICS look and the current Facebook app functionality, which has meant I’ve dropped the ‘Requests’ notifier from the top and moved it to the Friends section. Notifications for friend requests could appear in the global notifications, but that would move it out of line with Facebook’s web functionality…sigh.
  3. Thirdly, there are ‘Create Event’ and ‘Create Message’ buttons missing. I’m still trying to determine what the best plan of action in adding these is, but I’d definitely like to include them as I feel the mobile app should do all of the essential functionality of the website.

So, Facebook developers, take a look at these beautiful mock-ups of what a great-looking Facebook app for Android should look like and start doing something about it!

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Humor: Facebook and the lie of the century

The title and image says it all!

Those of you who have tried Facebook for Android understand why the above statement is the lie of the century!

Come on, Facebook, fix your ****!

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Facebook for Android gets updated with better memory management and bug fixes

The Facebook for Android app received an update today, bringing the app’s version number to 1.8.2. According to Facebook, the updated app includes better memory management and a number of unspecified bug fixes. The updated app is now available in the Android Market.

[qrcode size=”150″]https://market.android.com/details?id=com.facebook.katana[/qrcode]
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Updated Facebook app now live in the Android Market

The updated Facebook app for Android that we spoke about yesterday is now available in the Android Market. The app has been redesigned to make things faster and easier to use. Gone is the home screen that you got used too in previous versions of the app. Now, everything you need is available from any screen. Facebook listed the following things as new in this update:

  1. Navigate anywhere, fast: Get to your groups, apps, pages, and settings with a single press
  2. Search and you will discover: Look through friends, subscribers, apps, and pages
  3. See your friends tags on pictures and zoom: New photo viewing experience
  4. Faster notifications: Get alerted in real time with new push notifications
  5. Games & Apps: Play games and access your favorite apps on the go
  6. Access to mobile timeline (If you already have a timeline)
  7. Access to friend lists and subscriptions

To download the updated Facebook app, head over to the Android Market or scan the QR code below.

[qrcode size=”150″]https://market.android.com/details?id=com.facebook.katana[/qrcode]
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Facebook for Android updated with new UI, faster performance

Facebook has just announced that there will soon be an update available for their Android application. The updated application will make easier for you to view your photos, receive messages, and navigate around the app. Accessing your pictures and albums will now be twice as fast than in previous Facebook apps for Android. Sharing photos, viewing comments, and editing captions have also been redesigned to make things easier.


      

Additionally, the menu and navigation have changed. Instead of having to return to the home page to see messages and notifications, all of that information will be available to you from any page, right at the top. A left-hand menu has also been added to give you quick access to your News Feed, Groups, games, apps, and more, making the features you use available right at your fingertips.
Android Market.

[qrcode size=”150″]https://market.android.com/details?id=com.facebook.katana[/qrcode]
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Source: Facebook