Facebook has redesigned the way mobile users view pages. The company announced Tuesday that pages will take on a sleeker look, making it easier for users to like, message, call, as well as see if a business is open. Users can also easily see how many times they’ve checked into place-based pages. Those who manage Facebook pages can also easily switch from the admin view to the public view. This new design will roll out to iOS users Tuesday and Android users later on.
When Facebook announced Graph Search earlier this year, the natural question was, “When will this be on mobile?” It appears that Facebook is trying to push more search queries onto its mobile application (instead of apps such as Foursquare and Yelp). As Inside Facebook Editor Brittany Darwell noticed recently, Facebook changed the name of its Nearby feature on its iOS app to Local Search.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has constantly laughed off the thought of a Facebook phone, but it appears that the company will announce Thursday the closest thing to such a product. Sources have leaked information to tech news sites, saying that a future Android phone will have a Facebook home screen and built-in Facebook integration. But would you buy it?
Facebook has been growing in the way of location tracking, but according to Bloomberg, the company may soon unveil a mobile application that tracks users’ locations, even when the app is not open. Bloomberg reports that the app is designed to let users find friends who are nearby.
The voice-messaging feature that was added to the Facebook Messenger applications for iOS and Android is now part of the flagship Facebook app for iOS following an update Monday, along with the ability to record voice and video directly within the app, and an improved version of the nearby tab.
Facebook’s newest addition — graph search — can change the way brands not only market on the site, but find potential customers through the social network, provided they’re savvy enough. Graph search takes the recommendation power of Yelp and combines it with Facebook’s tremendous social graph to make it more important for businesses to cater to their Facebook fans and brick-and-mortar customers.
Ever since Facebook acquired his location-based check-in site, Gowalla, around this time last year, co-founder and CEO Josh Williams (now a product manager of pages, locations, and events at Facebook) has been building the next phase of local-social discovery. Despite a roller-coaster year that brought the check-in industry plenty of ups and downs and a fair share of speculation as to what would come next, the scope of the new location project remained under wraps, until now. Last month, Facebook announced, to much fanfare, the release of a bundle of new and updated features collectively known as Nearby.
Location-based mobile application Foursquare launched its counterpunch to Facebook’s new, improved nearby tab on its mobile applications, which was announced earlier this week, with its addition of recommendations from Facebook friends to its explore options.
Facebook beefed up the functionality of the nearby tab on its mobile applications for iOS and Android, potentially enabling its users to discover more local businesses and, conversely, those businesses to be discovered by more Facebook users.