Facebook Messenger for Android became the latest application to get the beta-testing treatment, as the social network announced in a post on its engineering blog that the Facebook Messenger for Android Beta Testers program is now live.
With all of the work Facebook is doing to revamp the process of advertising on the social network, it also revamped advertising about the social network, introducing three new spots on the company’s page: Trip, Couch Skis, and Runner.
Despite the lukewarm reception it has received, Home, Facebook’s Android overlay, is not headed for the scrap heap, Director of Engineering Jocelyn Goldfein told VentureBeat during an expansive interview.
Facebook rolled out an update to its Home Android overlay, which it has been beta-testing since November, and it maintains features that make Home unique, such as its Cover Feed, while adding elements that resemble more traditional Android lock screens, such as time, weather information, and Facebook notifications.
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.
Facebook confirmed that it is beta-testing customizable lock screens for its Home Android overlay, along with several new features that were rolled out Tuesday night to participants in its Facebook for Android Beta Testers program.
What may very well be a leaked version of the new version 4.0 of the flagship Facebook application for Android counts among its features far more extensive customization of the lock screen for its Home Android overlay.
Just when you thought the Facebook phone rumors were finally put to bed with the release of the social network’s Home Android overlay and its flagship device, the HTC First, The Wall Street Journal reported that executives from scuffling handset maker BlackBerry met with Facebook executives last week to gauge their interest in bidding in the company, citing sources familiar with the matter.
Content from Flickr, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Instagram, which had been available on the lock screen for Facebook Android overlay Home for Android beta-testers, is now available to all users in the latest update to Home.
Facebook Home isn’t the only player in the Android launcher game, as INQ Mobile announced Tuesday that its SO.HO is out of beta, and that it added a fourth feed to join Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, featuring rich media from all three of those social networks.