The Chat Heads feature of Facebook’s Home overlay for Android was added to the Facebook Messenger application for that platform, and the social network also added permissions for Home to its flagship Android app.
When Facebook announced last December that it would roll out new privacy options for users, the social network also said it would change the permissions process for applications, requiring them to break down information they were seeking access to in multiple screens, rather than bunching all of the information together in one permissions screen. Now different renditions of this are being tested.
Facebook’s new Timeline design isn’t even one month old, but apparently, the site is still testing new looks. Blink Vice President of Planning and Media Eti Suruzon noticed that her Timeline looked a little different, with a mix of old and new designs.
Facebook appears to be taking steps to ensure that users keep up with its recent focus on the Android platform, with some Android users receiving messages that their older versions of the Facebook application are no longer supported, as well as an “about” screen that pops up after they upgrade their apps.
The once-controversial Facebook ticker will no longer be a part of the homepage for users with the revamped News Feed, but some users who are still using the “old” News Feed design are not seeing the ticker, either.
Some Facebook users who have not yet been upgraded to the new News Feed are seeing a new layout for page like stories, both sponsored and organic, which appears similar to how those posts will appear in the revamped News Feed.
The redesigned News Feed Facebook announced Thursday is a beautiful, visually rich design with some borrowed elements from mobile user experience that helps create a smooth, clean experience. But you already read all about it. In an ideal world, a richer and more engaging News Feed is good news for brands, which can benefit from higher engagement on their already mostly visual posts. But there is always a “but.”