After taking care of users by updating its flagship iOS application for iOS 7, which Apple officially rolled out Wednesday, Facebook took care of its developers with the release of a new software-development kit for the operating system.
Facebook users who are fed up with posts from applications cluttering their News Feeds will likely approve of the update to login with Facebook that was announced Thursday, as apps must now separately request permission from users to post on the social network on their behalf.
Custom Facebook applications are crucial for brands that run promotions on Facebook. The rules of the platform simply state that all promotions on Facebook must be administered within apps on Facebook.com, either on a canvas page or a page app. If you are about to launch an app of your own, have a look at the following tips we have picked up while developing Facebook apps for brands over the past couple of years. Some are no-brainers that are often forgotten, and some are quite specific, but all are useful to remember.
Facebook Mobile DevCon 2013: Easier Mobile Open Graph Integration, Improved Login, New IOS SDK, Launch Of Facebook Technology Partners
Facebook used its Facebook Mobile DevCon 2013 event in New York Thursday to announce that 81 of the 100 top-grossing iOS applications, 70 of the 100 top-grossing Android apps, 82 of the 100 top-grossing iOS games, and 75 of the 100 top-grossing Android games are integrated with the social network, and to introduce three new mobile products: easier integration of Open Graph on mobile, an improved login with Facebook, and a new software-development kit for iOS.
When Facebook announced last December that it would roll out new privacy options for users, the social network also said it would change the permissions process for applications, requiring them to break down information they were seeking access to in multiple screens, rather than bunching all of the information together in one permissions screen. Now different renditions of this are being tested.
According to application security provider MyPermissions, more than 70 billion mobile apps will be downloaded in 2013, or 10 for every person on Earth. MyPermissions examined 10 million apps with access to Facebook and found the following risks for users who are not careful about managing permissions for those apps:
Facebook averted another close call on the security front, as the Facebook Security team was able to close a loophole, reported by developer Nir Goldshlager, which would have enabled hackers to gain full control over any Facebook accounts.
Warnings about a Facebook application called My Birthday Calendar have gone viral on the social network, but it turns out that the app is no more or less harmful than many other Facebook apps.