For months now, plenty of Facebook users have yearned for Facebook to update the UI of their Android app. With the recent test build, it seems like that’s exactly what Facebook is planning on doing. The new test version is at 126.96.36.199.2 and gives Facebook the “flat” style UI which looks similar to the same UI given to their Messaging app. It also looks like they’ve gone to a tab style where you can swipe through to your notifications, newsfeed, friend requests and messages. Check out the images after the break for a look for yourselves as well as the download link.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Snapchat had entertained and ultimately rejected a buyout offer from Facebook as part of the social media company’s efforts to tap into a younger market. New reports out today indicate Facebook was not the only company running a major social media empire that was interested in Snapchat – Google also made a bid for the company. The Google bid apparently came in at $4 billion which would have trumped the $3 billion bid Facebook made for the service.
Sources indicate Google was initially approached by Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel about a “strategic investment” in the service. Apparently Google was interested in snapping up Snapchat as a standalone app. The reports also indicate these talks were occurring close to the same time as Facebook entreaties. At this time it appears Spiegel has rejected both offers as Snapchat pursues a new round of funding to raise millions of dollars. Conveniently, those efforts may have been based on a valuation of the company that is somewhere between $3 billion and $4 billion dollars, an amount that Spiegel seems to have verified based on the interest expressed by both Facebook and Google.
source: The Verge
While one tech giant announced the addition of support for SMS text messages in their product today, another has announced they are dropping the option for their product. Facebook announced today they are dropping support for texting with their Facebook Messenger app on Android. While they are dropping the SMS support, Facebook is set to release an update to the app to give it a fresh look and add some features they hope will encourage users to opt for Messenger when communication needs arise. » Read the rest
Everyone’s favorite furious flying fowls have gotten yet another update by Rovia in Angry Birds Friends. Fast on the heels of an update to Bad Piggies, Rovio is pushing the Halloween theme out just in time for the holidays. In their latest, you’ll now find plenty of zombie pigs, skeletons and other spooky game play.
In addition, the game comes in time for a new Halloween tournament breaking ground which the company is starting tomorrow, Oct 23rd. Aside from the normal game play, the update has more Halloween, in app purchases for new sling shots for added power and a few other scary surprises for you as well. As mentioned above, the tournament begins tomorrow and here are some of the details involved:
Facebook is finally implementing what Google+ has been doing all along. Facebook just updated the Android app to version 3.7 giving you the ability to edit your posts so you can fix those typos after the fact. That’s not the only enhancement. You can now use icons in status updates to express what you’re feeling or doing, see upcoming events at a glance on your favorite pages, and create and share new photo albums from your phone.
Facebook is still one of the most popular apps on Android even though it has a dismal 3.7 rating. Just in case you don’t already have Facebook installed, hit the break for the download links.
Motorola has just released a new app on Facebook called “Moto Match” which will create a custom Moto X based on the colors/shades of your photos. So, basically, if you’re too lazy to use Moto Maker to design your own device, you can have it done for you instead.
It’s a bit gimmicky, but is sure to add to the buzz on the Moto X, especially in social media spheres.
Samsung UK has posted an image on their Facebook page, which offers users the chance to win “what will be unpacked” in Berlin on September 4th. Since the copy says that they will “reveal something new and groundbreaking,” we’re guessing that this is most likely referring to the Galaxy Gear (and not the Note 3). Either way, we do know Samsung will be offering the chance to win one or multiple devices to those that like their Facebook page. You’ve got to be in it to win it, so what are you waiting for?
Source: Samsung Facebook
Over the years, Gameloft has really associated itself as the top-of-the-line gaming developer company for mobile devices, as it puts out one hit after the next, successfully showing how mobile gaming has become very similar in quality to console gaming. Since the company’s Facebook page launched in 2009, it has reached 10 million ‘likes,’ and they’re looking to celebrate by giving away some free stuff!
Check out their Facebook page in the source link below where they’re hosting some activities, as well as the ability to make your own infographic.
Source: Gameloft Facebook
Development for Facebook’s Android app, which used to seem like an after thought, is taking a step forward as Facebook has announced that they will take part in Android’s new beta program. We’ve already seen this new program being used by apps such as Falcon Pro and Nova Launcher to test new releases with a small number of users to correct issues. Facebook hopes that this will help improve performance and reliability across all phones, all the way from a years old Gingerbread device to a few days old Google Edition Galaxy S4.
To join the program, you’ll need to head to the Google Groups link below and join the group to become a beta tester. After that, you can download the beta version of the app from the Play Store like normal. To report bugs in the beta version, just head to the settings menu and tap the “Report Bug” icon.
Norton is famous for privacy and security protection, including some work done on Android. Yesterday, they released a new version of their latest Android application that contains their new Mobile Insight technology, which analyzes different aspects of Android applications to see where major security breaches may be coming from.
Norton says Facebook was made aware of the issue and is working to fix the vulnerability, which should be pushed out in their next app update. Facebook has also deleted those numbers from their servers, so fortunately it wasn’t a malicious security breach. Still, though, those privacy features in Cyanogenmod are looking better and better.