Samsung and Facebook strengthening relationship, but what’s in store?

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Officials from Samsung and Facebook have met for the third time this year. It is not that much of a surprise considering the Gear VR is made with the Facebook-owned Oculus VR. By now, meetings should have moved on to other projects because the Gear VR is approaching a release. Apparently this latest meeting was a big success for both companies.


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Facebook slaps its stickers into comments for all users

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Facebook is about to get a lot stickier starting today. The social media network is unpackaging its stickers for the comments of a post. If you have never seen or even heard of Facebook’s stickers, just think of them as massive emojis with much more personality. Some stickers are fun and creative while others are absolutely bizarre.

This is the third major addition to the comments section since mid-2013. In May of that year, Facebook launched emoji support. Then, the comments section was covered in photographs the following month. Now there are stickers. All users will have access to stickers in comments within the next day.

Do you plan on using stickers often? Let us know in the comments (without stickers, please).

Source: Bob Baldwin (Facebook)

Facebook gets EU approval for WhatsApp deal

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Earlier today, Facebook announced thats its now received approval from the European Union for its $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp Messenger — that’s an eye-watering $16 billion more than Apple paid for Beats Electronics back in May.

The main bone of contention regarding this deal was the fear that it would impair communication in the telecom market, but, according Re/code, the European Commission claims that the Facebook-WhatsApp deal will not thwart competition.


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Facebook launches a photo logging feature similar to Google+ Stories

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Facebook is rolling out a feature that will be very familiar to Google+ users. The social network has launched a feature that takes photos from trips and logs them into a beautiful slideshow. It tracks a user’s journey from place to place. On the Google side of things, this is called Stories. Photos and captions cannot be edited, but Facebook will allow changes to be made to titles and locations.

The feature is apparently in beta as users utilizing have not been able to share the slideshow. Instead, it is only for their own personal viewing pleasure. Facebook has been struggling to craft new ideas, and what we have here is nothing surprising. At least it will give the company something to boast about.

Via: Android Police

Facebook could make private sharing easier with ‘Moments’

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Facebook knows it’s hard to share things with only a few select people, at least on their network. But they might have the answer with a product codenamed, “Moments.”

Moments is being tested right now with employees so it could be released soon. As it stands right now, the design is a grid with tiles representing close friends and/or family. All the user has to do is tap on a contact tile to quickly share something with just them. According to TechCrunch, the app looks a lot like the Cluster app.


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Facebook Messenger update lets you draw and type on your pictures

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Facebook’s Messenger application has seen a recent update that’s added in the ability to draw and sketch over your photos before sending them to someone. Since Facebook has made Messenger a mandatory install for anyone that wants to chat through the social network’s IM service, it’s good to see that they’re continuing to add in some features to make the switch worthwhile.

That’s pretty much the only addition in the update, but if you like to draw on your pictures or superimpose text Snapchat-style, it’s worth downloading.
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Facebook adds internal browser to app on Android

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Users are reporting that their Facebook app on Android is now loading links to web sites in an internal browser rather than launching one of the external browsers a user may have installed on their device. There is no indication in the Play store entry for the Facebook app that an internal browser has been added as an update which suggests this may be a beta feature that only a subset of users are receiving. Rolling out changes to only some users for beta testing is a standard practice for Facebook on the normal web interface and seems to be used more frequently with their Android app.
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Samsung’s U.S. market share grows as LG, Motorola, and HTC all see small dips

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For the month of June, the top smartphone manufacturers in the United States did not see much of a change in United States market share. Apple and Samsung, the two leaders, are the only of the top five manufacturers to see growth. LG, Motorola, and HTC all saw very small changes that went south; however, none of the declines were more than -0.6%. Also, those three companies combined have yet to near Samsung’s 28.6% market share in the United States. On the overall software front, Android still leads iOS by an amount nearing 10%.

Hit the break for details on what mobile applications have the most reach.
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Facebook Messenger adds Android Wear support

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The latest app to add support for Android Wear is a big one – Facebook Messenger. According to Facebook’s Ian Lake, Facebook Messenger v9 adds the ability to respond directly to messages using your voice, as well as send a “like” thumbs up to recipients. You’ll also be able to mute notifications on your phone or Android Wear device.

Aside from Wear support, the update also adds some “improvements to make the app faster and more reliable”. To get this update, head to the Google Play link past the break.

Source: +Ian Lake


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