Although Facebook remains far and away the top social network in terms of accounts, active users, and frequency of visits, it saw a 3 percent drop in active usage between the second quarter of 2013 and the fourth quarter, according to the latest study from GlobalWebIndex.
Apple’s iOS 6 isn’t the only update coming out of Cupertino, Calif., Wednesday, as OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 was rolled out, as well, and the operating system for Macintosh desktops added several Facebook-centric features.
Apple officially confirmed that Facebook will be integrated into its iOS 6 and OSX Mountain Lion operating systems for mobile devices and Macintosh desktops, respectively, at its Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco Monday.
“Stay tuned,” was what Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook had to say about his company’s relationship with Facebook at AllThingsD’s D10 Conference earlier this week. That didn’t take long: According to published reports, Facebook integration will be a part of the latest version of iOS.
Bingo! Multiplayer, synchronous bingo game Bingo Bash, from developer BitRhymes, has taken home the pot thanks to Facebook, with players who access the game via the social network playing 30 percent longer and starting 65 percent more sessions than non-Facebook players.
Electronic reading and mobile application Kobo has attracted more eyeballs following its upgrade for timeline in January, seeing its traffic from Facebook rise by more than 50 percent and its daily registrations leap by over 90 percent.
What’s good for the Apple is good for the Android, as Facebook announced that it extended its single-sign-on and deep-linking options to Android devices, following its move in February to do the same for iOS devices like the iPad and iPhone.
On Friday, Facebook announced a new staged migration system designed to give app developers time to test new fixes and features before they go live.