It’s not exactly a Facebook phone. It’s not exactly a Facebook application. It’s Home, and it will be on select Android devices starting April 12. The company announced Thursday that the HTC First, as previously rumored, will be the flagship for deep Facebook integration, and other phones will have these capabilities soon. From these devices, Facebook will make a highly visual Cover Feed the focus, bringing users closer to photos, status updates, check-ins — and, someday, ads.
2012 was a big year for games on Facebook, as hits such as Angry Birds, SongPop, and Dragon City were played by millions of users all over the world. Rebel Entertainment (makers of Dungeon Rampage) put together an infographic showing how social games left their mark last year.
Walmart was the most-talked-about brand on Facebook over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and it appears that the major retailer has carried that momentum through the holiday season. According to an infographic from Compass Labs, Walmart is again one of the most popular Facebook brands, with the iPhone and Xbox 360 among the biggest tech gifts.
One of Facebook’s most popular games has joined forces with one of the site’s most popular bands. Rovio announced Monday that a new level of the game Angry Birds will feature members of Green Day as pigs. The partnership is a promotion effort for the band’s newest CD, as players can download Green Day’s newest single, “Oh Love.”
Which three words are music to the ears of retailers and poison to the ears of kids? Back to school. Those words are also music to the ears of social gifting application Wrapp, which added a host of brands featuring related products.