A while ago, Facebook announced that it will have a renewed focus on Android, as more users worldwide sign onto the site from devices using that operating system. Now there are rumblings that the new Android application could be released soon.
Facebook may have a tricky relationship with HTML5, but it still wants developers all over the Web to learn how to use it efficiently. The social network recently partnered with Web giants such as Microsoft, Google, and Adobe to form WebPlatform.org — a one-stop shop for information and support regarding HTML5, CSS, Canvas, and several other platforms.
Last month at the TechCrunch Disrupt event in San Francisco, Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said one of the biggest mistakes the company made was relying too much on HTML5. Apparently, the technology still hasn’t made many fans within the social network. At an Apps World panel in London, Facebook Developer Advocate Simon Cross said that HTML5 is great on desktop but has some work to do on mobile platforms.
Facebook touted the success of the Aug. 23 release of Facebook 5.0 for iOS, saying that one-half of its users on that platform updated their applications within four days, and adding that the app’s average rating in the iTunes App Store rose from 1.5 stars prior to the launch of the new version to four stars currently.
Facebook is the world’s most social platform, but the man who started it all hasn’t spoken much recently. At TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF event in San Francisco Tuesday, Facebook CEO and Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg — dressed in a grey shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes — kept a happy tone as he discussed his company’s focus on mobile, the brain drain, its initial public offering, search, and his vision for the future. This was Zuckerberg’s first public address since Facebook’s IPO in May.
Ringmark, the browser test suite created by Facebook for developing mobile applications, is now open-source.
Mobile application developers are confused about how to best use Facebook’s social graph, which improves Google’s position in that sector.