On the Google Play store, Facebook Home users have made their voices heard. As of Thursday, there are more than 8,300 one-star reviews of the application, compared with 2,700-plus five-star reviews, with Facebook Home earning an average rating of 2.2. During a media session Thursday with selected reporters, Facebook talked about how the company has taken these reviews into consideration and will give users better access to apps over the next couple of months.
Much to many users’ chagrins, Facebook is testing a service that charges users $1 to message people to whom they aren’t connected. As a test that has now been completed, it set users back $100 to get in Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s inbox (or anyone else with a high amount of followers), but with no guarantee that he’ll even see or respond to their messages. Now Facebook is testing a similar service in the U.K., charging users to contact celebrities and other people with swarms of followers.
Facebook released an update to its Facebook for Android application Friday, with two features not yet seen on the native iOS app. On Android, Facebook is now allowing users to share links outside of their own timelines — a feature unique to Android devices. Facebook also added voice messaging, which previously was only on Messenger. Photos should load faster, as well.
After rumors of Facebook launching a timed messaging service similar to Snapchat swirled, the social network Friday officially announced Poke — an iPhone application where users can send messages, photos, videos, or pokes that expire in seconds.
Facebook is currently testing another stand-alone application for launch, which would join Facebook Messenger and Camera, and the new app, set to launch in the coming weeks, is similar to real-time picture chatting app Snapchat, according to AllThingsD.
UPDATED 4:05 p.m. ET: Mobile messaging application WhatsApp denied a report in TechCrunch saying that it was in talks with Facebook about being acquired by the social network, telling AllThingsD, “The TechCrunch article is a rumor and not factually accurate. We have no further information to share at the moment.”
Yesterday, Facebook made a subtle switch to users’ contact information: swapping out whatever email address they had listed in favor of a Facebook email account. While reaction has been overwhelmingly negative, the company hasn’t exactly backed down, saying that these changes were announced in April.
A survey of Myxer’s 1,022 mobile users found that 42 percent of respondents use Facebook to share content on handheld devices, using it more frequently than text messaging.
Don’t be fooled by the latest hijacking scheme that displays Facebook security icon and a warning that you need to verify your account.