Co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has gone out of his way to mention Facebook’s groups feature during the company’s earnings calls for the third quarter of 2014 and fourth quarter of 2013, hinting during the latter that a stand-alone application might be forthcoming. Forthcoming is now here, as the social network announced the launch of its Facebook Groups app in a Newsroom post Tuesday, saying that the app is available in all countries, for iOS and Android.
Facebook appears to have tweaked the status update interface in its iOS application, moving the functionality for tagging friends, adding activities from structured status updates and checking in to buttons located at the top, adjacent to users’ profile pictures.
Facebook introduced login review at its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco in April, in an effort to cut back on the number of permissions requested by applications, and in an update on its developer blog, software engineer Andreea Manole said more than 25,000 apps have been reviewed during the past six months, with the process wrapping up in less than one day in most cases.
Instagram released two new features for its iOS and Android applications: Users can now edit their captions, and a people tab was added to the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network’s search menu.
Facebook-owned cloud application platform Parse released ParseUI for iOS, a collection of user-interface components designed to be compatible with the new screen resolutions that were recently added to iOS.
News Feed is the starting point for most Facebook users’ journeys through the social network, but it began slowing down on the flagship iOS application due to steps that were taken to speed up other components of the app. iOS developer Adam Ernst explained what steps were taken to quicken the loading of News Feed in a post on the Facebook engineering blog.
Facebook announced the release of version 2.2 of its Graph API and updated software-development kits for iOS and Android to support the updated application-programming interface, also revealing that its ads API now supports versioning.