Last December, Facebook began prompting users of its flagship iOS application to download its Facebook Messenger app, and the social network also began prompting mobile users to encourage their friends who had not yet downloaded Messenger to do so. Soon, according to reports by TechCrunch and The Verge, Facebook mobile users who wish to chat will not have a choice, as messages will no longer be available in its iOS and Android flagship apps.
Facebook’s acquisition roll returned stateside, as Josh Miller, CEO of link-sharing service Branch, announced in a Facebook post Monday morning that Facebook acquired Branch and its sister service, Potluck.
Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Manager for Windows Phone Program Management Joe Belfiore confirmed in a tweet Thursday that some Windows Phone users were having difficulties syncing their devices to Facebook, The Verge reported.
Third-party Windows Phone 8 application Instance has apparently run afoul of Facebook-owned photo-sharing network Instagram’s policies, as Developer Daniel Gary told The Verge photos uploaded to Instagram via Instance are being deleted.
When Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 is officially released, its built-in Photos application will no longer be integrated with Facebook and Flickr, as the rollout of dedicated Facebook and Flickr apps for the operating system eliminated the need for the feature.
Is there enough room for both Twitter-owned video-sharing application Vine and Video on Instagram, which was introduced at a press event Thursday at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.? Time will tell, but the jockeying for position began long before Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his counterpart at Instagram, Kevin Systrom, took the stage Thursday.
Some tech-savvy users of Android devices were able to experiment with a pre-release version of Facebook Home prior to its scheduled release in the Google Play store Friday on selected smartphones, but it seems that Facebook was able to pull the plug on the unauthorized preview.
The worst-kept secret in the tech world this week has been the so-called “Facebook phone” that the social network is allegedly building on Android. According to The Verge, the Facebook-heavy smartphone will be called the HTC First, and it has a body style similar to an iPhone.
Add one more application to the list of those being blocked by Facebook: Vine, a new video-sharing app from Twitter, joined Russian search engine Yandex’s Wonder and voice-messaging app Voxer on the list of apps that have been denied access to the social network’s data during the past week.