HTTPS, or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, is now the default for all Facebook users, putting the wraps on a process the social network started last November, Software Engineer Scott Renfro announced in a note on the Facebook Engineering page.
When Facebook introduced hashtags earlier this month, it promised more related features in the coming weeks and months. According to a report in TechCrunch, the social network is starting to deliver on that promise, saying that it will add support for hashtags to its mobile site, m.facebook.com, and that it began rolling out related hashtags in its search results.
Facebook added a sticker to its Facebook Messenger applications for iOS and Android that allows users to respond to messages with its signature thumbs-up like icon by clicking a like button that appears to the right of the chat reply window.
Reports continue to circulate that Facebook’s mobile applications are draining the batteries of users’ devices, so Kevin Purdy, who writes the Mobilize! blog for IT World, reminded readers of an old solution — using Facebook’s mobile site as an alternative to its apps.
Nokia introduced the first model of its new family of Asha smartphones, the Nokia Asha 501, and the handset maker teamed up with Facebook and mobile carrier Airtel to announced that the latter’s customers in Africa and India would receive data-free access to the Facebook application and m.facebook.com for a limited time.
Facebook expanded its test of non-social page like ads to its mobile platform, but users of its mobile applications will not be affected yet, as the test is limited to inventory on m.facebook.com, according to sister blog Inside Facebook.
Facebook users have been asking for a share button on its mobile applications. The social network responded, as reported by sister site Inside Facebook, by rolling out a way users can share content on their phones. This only appears on the mobile site right now, not the apps, but a Facebook spokesperson told AllFacebook that the share function will be added to its iOS and Android apps soon.