Is Facebook attempting to use reverse psychology, or merely attempting to address one of the most prominent concerns about its Home Android overlay? The Facebook Mobile page published a post reminding Home users that they can turn the overlay off and use their devices normally.
Facebook has redesigned the way mobile users view pages. The company announced Tuesday that pages will take on a sleeker look, making it easier for users to like, message, call, as well as see if a business is open. Users can also easily see how many times they’ve checked into place-based pages. Those who manage Facebook pages can also easily switch from the admin view to the public view. This new design will roll out to iOS users Tuesday and Android users later on.
The sorting options present in Facebook’s redesigned News Feed for desktop have made their way to the iOS application. Many iOS users have seen a prompt on their main screen to see more feeds. Below that is a News Feed button they can tap, giving them options similar to the right-hand side of the desktop feed.
Facebook quietly rolled out a new main logo, as well as new logos for some of the company’s official pages.
So General Motors is back on Facebook. Less than one year after its very public split from Facebook, right before the social network’s initial public offering, the old-school advertising behemoth is back and is looking to Facebook — specifically Facebook mobile — to help add luster to the launch of its new Chevrolet Sonic, aimed at young people. So why? And why now? What’s changed since May 2012? Has GM adjusted its opinion of the potential of Facebook as an advertising vehicle? Or has Facebook learned from the experience and figured out how to sell its advertising story to brands with deep pockets like GM?
Facebook Thursday unveiled the closest thing to a Facebook phone, with Home. Select Android devices will have access to Home starting April 12, and it will later become available to more users. This news was met with curiosity, excitement, and a little bit of fear, knowing that Facebook would go from being a part of the phone to being a part of the entire mobile experience.
While the Facebook applications for iOS and Android are updated with regularity, BlackBerry doesn’t get the same love. The company announced Thursday that the Facebook and Twitter apps for the BlackBerry 10 phone were updated. Now the Facebook app has the technology to let you know if friends are nearby, as well as better photo and event features.
Facebook announced partnerships with 18 mobile operators in 14 countries aimed at providing users with free or discounted data access for its Messenger for Android, Messenger for iOS, and Facebook for Every Phone mobile applications.
Facebook made a serious entry into the social gifting fray with Facebook Gifts last year, and now it’s looking to go deeper into the market. The company Thursday announced the Facebook Card, a plastic gift card that hold all electronic gift cards users have received through the social network. This will roll out gradually to U.S. users.
Facebook has been constantly tweaking its mobile applications, but the newest change may be one of the biggest additions — voice messaging. The social network released updates to its stand-alone Messenger apps for iOS and Android Thursday that include the ability to send voice messages. Facebook also announced that it is testing voice over internet protocol (VoIP) within the iOS version of Messenger — but only for Canadian users.