Facebook announced at its Mobile@Scale event in October that it would open-source a spring dynamics animation library for Android, Rebound, which allows developers to animate user interface elements based on the rules of physics and spring forces. Software Engineer Will Bailey offered more details on Rebound in a post on the social network’s engineering blog.
Mark Zuckerberg Discusses Going Public, NSA Controversy, Home, ‘Moving Fast’ At TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed a variety of topics with TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013 Wednesday, including his advice for Twitter as it prepares to go public, whether Android overlay Home is a failure, and his opinions on how the government handled the aftermath of the reports about the National Security Agency’s Prism initiative.
Facebook will release an update to its Android application Thursday that will allow users to set popular Home feature Cover Feed as their default lock screens. The Cover Feed option is only available for users with Home-supported devices, but that list now includes the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S IV, and Nexus 4.
Graduation season is upon us, and with that in mind, Facebook offered a few tips on how graduates can use some of its features, including activity log, Graph Search, and messaging via desktop or its Facebook Messenger mobile applications.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg spoke at AllThingsD’s D11 conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Wednesday, touching on several topics in her 45 minutes on stage, including her book, her relationship with Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Home, Google Glass, Waze (indirectly), and a Facebook ad network.
On the Google Play store, Facebook Home users have made their voices heard. As of Thursday, there are more than 8,300 one-star reviews of the application, compared with 2,700-plus five-star reviews, with Facebook Home earning an average rating of 2.2. During a media session Thursday with selected reporters, Facebook talked about how the company has taken these reviews into consideration and will give users better access to apps over the next couple of months.
Many users have been unhappy with Facebook Home, the company’s mobile platform on Android. Facebook will release a small update Thursday to Home, but it will mainly be bug fixes and minor improvements. Two lead engineers told a select group of reporters Thursday that the first update to Home will be released Thursday afternoon, with greater updates available within the next two months.