Facebook for iOS updated to version 6.0

Posted by: Brett

Facebook for iOS has been updated to version 6.0 today and it brings a few welcomed features. The Chat Heads feature from Facebook home is now apart of the application, allowing you to reply to and take part in conversations from anywhere in the application without being in the Messages section. While Android allows for this to be done system-wide, iOS does not and therefore Chat Heads are only usable within the Facebook app.

There is also what Facebook is calling “Stickers” which are essentially the huge form of emojis. There’s a bunch of them included in the app for all sorts of emotions and there are even packs of Stickers which you can download for free, although it’s possible Facebook will release premium ones. The final change is a more cleaned up UI and News Feed for both the iPhone and iPad.

Both Chat Heads and Stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, while the new News Feed will be available to all users after installing the update.

Source: Facebook

Facebook Home made official

Posted by: Brett

Facebook made their new Android home screen overlay official today at a press event at the social network’s headquarters. Dubbed Facebook Home, the application takes over the entire home screen and lock screen experience and replaces it with a full screen news feed which shows up right when you turn the phone on. You can like and comment on pictures and status that you encounter as you scroll through the feed. Notifications will appear directly on the main screen of Facebook Home and you can swipe them away or click into them.

Pressing a circle containing your profile picture at the bottom of the screen and dragging it up brings you into your app drawer which you can customize. You can also drag it to the left for Facebook Messenger and to the right for your Gallery. The app drawer has quick shortcuts to posting an image, status, or checking in to a place.

Another cool feature of Facebook Home is called Chat Heads, and it allows you to access your Facebook chats from anywhere on your phone, even if you’re in another app. When you’re chatting with someone or multiple people, a little circle with your friends profile picture appears on your screen. You can click it and the chat conversation will come up and you can respond. The Chat Heads will stack if you’re apart of multiple conversations and you can get rid of them or move them around if they’re in the way.

Facebook Home will be preinstalled on the just announced HTC First, but will be making its way to a variety of Android devices through the Play Store on April 12th.

Source: Facebook

HTC, Facebook announce the HTC First with Facebook Home

Posted by: Brett

The HTC First has just been made official at Facebook’s press event. The First will be the first device running Facebook Home, the social network’s new Android home screen / lock screen experience, out of the box when it launches April 12th.

The First has the new dual-core 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor by Qualcomm with 1B of RAM, a 4.3-inch display, a 5 megapixel camera, LTE support, and a 2000 mAh battery. The First is running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Facebook Home preinstalled.

The HTC First will be launching on AT&T in the US for $99.99, as well as Orange in Europe and EE in the UK. You can preorder the First from AT&T beginning today and as mentioned before, it will officially launch in retail stores and online on April 12th.

Source: HTC, AT&T, Facebook

Facebook introduces Graph Search, a new way to search the social network

Posted by: Brett

At today’s Facebook press event, Mark Zuckerberg detailed Graph Search, an improved search experience allowing you to view Facebook content more intuitively. Graph Search lets you search a specific query and it will bring back specific results based on the query, compared to a regular web search which brings back results based on keywords. In a video explaining the new search experience, Lars Rasmussen, Director of Engineering at Facebook, explained how he used Graph Search to look for dentists his friends liked because he was new to the area. All non-Facebook queries will default to a Bing search.

Graph Search and web search are very different. Web search is designed to take a set of keywords (for example: “hip hop”) and provide the best possible results that match those keywords. With Graph Search you combine phrases (for example: “my friends in New York who like Jay-Z”) to get that set of people, places, photos or other content that’s been shared on Facebook.

Facebook says Graph Search is still in early development, although they’re rolling it out very slowly as a limited preview / beta to a “very small number of people who use Facebook in US English”. They say it’ll be improving over the coming months and will later allow for searches of wall posts, Open Graph actions, and more.

Source: Facebook

Facebook to hold press event on January 15th

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Facebook has sent invites to the press for an event which they’ll be holding at their corporate headquarters in California on January 15th. The invite lends no clues as to what they’ll be announcing, but it does say to “come and see what we’re building”. The Verge notes that Facebook rarely holds events at their corporate campus so it’s possible it’s something big.

Source: The Verge

Facebook releases “Poke” app for iOS

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Facebook has released Facebook Poke for iOS today, allowing users to send quick video or picture messages to friends just like the popular app Snapchat. You can choose how long you want the person to be able to see the message, photo, or video for after which time it’ll disappear. Facebook was rumored to be launching a Snapchat rival before the end of the year and this looks to be it.

The app is free and is available now in the App Store

Source: Facebook, App Store

Facebook 2.0 for Android, version 5.3 for iOS now available

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Facebook has released version 2.0 of their Android application today in addition to version 5.3 of their iOS application, making them both faster and smoother all around. The iOS app was updated back in August to version 5.0 when it was completely rebuilt. The Android version never got that update, but it’s likely version 2.0 for Android includes some sort of rebuilding.

Both updates are currently available on their respective app stores.

Source: Google Play Store, App Store, Facebook