In February, Facebook Director of Engineering Jocelyn Goldfein said the social network was not scrapping its sputtering Home Android overlay, but a lot has apparently changed in four months, as The New York Times’ Bits blog reported that the team of engineers that had been working on Home has been disbanded.
Just when you think rumors of a Facebook phone were squashed once and for all with the social network’s release of its Home Android overlay and Home’s HTC First flagship phone last year, Patent Bolt made an interesting discovery.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke with Farhad Manjoo of The New York Times’ Bits blog about the Facebook Creative Labs initiative to create new mobile applications, the differences between Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, and turning 30, among other things.
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.