Facebook announced improvements to the ways that users upload photos to the social network via its iOS and Android flagship applications, allowing users to choose the exact order in which photos will appear, as well as composing introductions to photo posts and captions for individual photos.
The saying, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” does not apply in the world of applications, as the Rooms anonymous chatting app Facebook released last week raised the ire of the developers of Room, an iPhone app that debuted last month, as both apps allow users to create chat rooms and invite others to participate, without requiring real names.
Sickweather, the iPhone application that collects data from public posts on Facebook and Twitter, as well as from other Sickweather users, to inform parents about “Sick Zones,” is now available for Android.
Facebook launched an updated version of iPhone application Paper with an eye toward taking advantage of the larger screen sizes of Apple’s recently introduced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Paper design lead Mike Matas announced in a Facebook post.
The iOS tool behind the user interface for Facebook’s Paper iPhone application was open-sourced by the social network Wednesday, iOS engineer Nadine Salter, Instagram iOS engineering manager Scott Goodson and software engineer Andrew Pouliot revealed in a post on the Facebook engineering blog.
Facebook is reminding users who access the social network via mobile devices that they have choices when it comes to auto-play videos.
With owners of Apple devices being able to upgrade to iOS 8 starting Wednesday, Facebook is prepared for the new mobile operating system, as well.
Apple is set to release its new mobile operating system, iOS 8, Wednesday, and Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer and social media relationship platform Hootsuite is already on board with the new share extensions feature of iOS 8 — which allows third-party applications to provide their services via the share button in iOS apps such as Safari and Photos — with its announcement of the Hootsuite Share Extension.