Co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has gone out of his way to mention Facebook’s groups feature during the company’s earnings calls for the third quarter of 2014 and fourth quarter of 2013, hinting during the latter that a stand-alone application might be forthcoming. Forthcoming is now here, as the social network announced the launch of its Facebook Groups app in a Newsroom post Tuesday, saying that the app is available in all countries, for iOS and Android.
Facebook appears to have tweaked the status update interface in its iOS application, moving the functionality for tagging friends, adding activities from structured status updates and checking in to buttons located at the top, adjacent to users’ profile pictures.
Facebook introduced login review at its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco in April, in an effort to cut back on the number of permissions requested by applications, and in an update on its developer blog, software engineer Andreea Manole said more than 25,000 apps have been reviewed during the past six months, with the process wrapping up in less than one day in most cases.
Instagram released two new features for its iOS and Android applications: Users can now edit their captions, and a people tab was added to the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network’s search menu.
With more than 10,000 different Android devices being used to access Facebook by some 500 million users, how does the social network ensure that those users are getting the best experience on their devices? Not by the version of Android’s operating system, product manager Chris Marra and software engineer Daniel Weaver explained in a post on the Facebook engineering blog, but by what they referred to as year class.
Facebook announced the release of version 2.2 of its Graph API and updated software-development kits for iOS and Android to support the updated application-programming interface, also revealing that its ads API now supports versioning.
What are Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s plans for the company over the next three, five and 10 years? He went into great detail on those plans during the social network’s third-quarter earnings call Tuesday.
Facebook is now fully integrated with the Cocos2d-x game engine from Chukong Technologies, the social network and the mobile entertainment developer announced in a post on the Facebook developer blog.