The latest solution to help users cut through the clutter of their multiple social media accounts comes from Sparksfly, which announced the release Wednesday of its social network consolidation tool, Sparksfly 2.2, on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.
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.
Android update week continues, as Facebook followed updates of the Android applications for its WhatsApp cross-platform messaging service and its Instagram photo- and video-sharing network with a new version of its flagship app. The new features mostly involve photos.
Cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp, which was acquired by Facebook in a $19 billion deal last month, sneaked a unique way to potentially grow its user base into the update to its Android application.
Vivek Wadhwa, a research professor at Stanford University, published a diatribe on LinkedIn a few months ago titled, “Facebook Is Doomed.” Contributing to the debate on the medium- and long-term sustainability of one of the biggest social networks is undoubtedly a healthy endeavor. However, this excessive public statement distinguishes itself with rather frivolous arguments on Wadhwa’s part.
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.
If you took our poll about what Instagram would announce at its press event in New York Thursday, and you guessed, “private messaging and/or group messaging features,” you were absolutely correct, as Co-Founder and CEO Kevin Systrom announced the launch of Instagram Direct, which allows users of the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network to send photo and video messages directly to friends.
Some Facebook advertisers are now able to preview their mobile application install ads directly on their mobile devices, complete with active install buttons.