Facebook announced version 1.1 of its Paper iPhone application, with new features including notifications for birthdays and events; photo comments; group updates; and new article covers for select publishers.
Facebook released version 9.0 of its flagship iOS application, and the most prominent new feature is the ability for users to reply directly to comments on posts by pages that have enabled the feature.
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.
Facebook continued its focus on groups with a revamp of its groups discovery page, including not only top suggestions, but also open and closed groups their friends are members of, as well as groups relevant to the locations listed on users’ profiles.
Facebook is eyeing ways to make its groups easier to discover, encouraging group administrators to add descriptive tags to their groups.
Facebook’s formation of Facebook Creative Labs, the initiative behind its newly announced Paper iPhone application, also brought with it a quiet, behind-the-scenes policy shift at the social network: Users’ real names will not be required to access the separate mobile apps that are being developed.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg cited Graph Search and trending topics in response to a question during the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call about his thoughts on real-time information and news as it relates to public content.