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.
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.
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
In case you missed it, July 8th Israel launched an offensive on Gaza in response to a rise in Hamas activity. The conflict has led to almost two thousand Palestinian casualties, most of which were civilians. Needless to say, the ongoing conflict in Gaza is no joke, and its definitely not good subject matter for a game.
Despite the original Facebook phone and the HTC First both being complete failures, Facebook isn’t giving up on the mobile hardware business. The latest patent shows Facebook has ideas in mind for a unibody, slim device that involves “co-molding the display with the body of a device.” It sounds like something HTC would do, but this Facebook’s patent, not HTC.
Facebook previously announced that they were planning on splitting messaging off from their main application solely into the Facebook Messenger app, and it looks like that day has finally come. Up until now, users had a choice between sending messages through either the Facebook app or the Messenger app, but now users trying to communicate through Facebook will be prompted to download Messenger to continue sending and receiving Facebook messages. Love it or hate it, that’s how it’s going to be moving forward.
So you’re perusing through your Facebook timeline and suddenly you come by a wonderful video of someone’s cat fighting with the neighbor’s dog. Unfortunately, you just won’t have time to watch it, but you don’t want to miss it. What do you do?
Have no fear because Facebook rolled out a new feature today called “Save” that will let you “save” that video to watch later. Now this isn’t a save offline feature like what Pocket or Evernote offers. It’s more of a bookmark because you still have to be logged into Facebook and online to see whatever content you have saved.
It should come in handy for the Facebook faithful that have tons of posts to sift through.
Major platforms on the Internet like Google and Facebook have depended for years on advertising revenue from companies buying space on the pages displayed to users. As companies continue to squeeze the sales channel in a never-ending quest for revenue, the issue of conversion between a customer finding an ad for something they want to buy and actually making a purchase is receiving a lot of attention. Google has already indicated they are working on improving their shopping experience. Now it appears Facebook is also working on the problem and has started testing a new Buy button that will work within their site.
comScore released its May 2014 U.S. smartphone subscriber market share trends yesterday, and we have some platform, OEM, and even app data for you.
The last report released by comScore referenced February 14, as this one references May 14.
Yesterday, Facebook launched Slingshot, its own version of Snapchat, in an effort to try to steal back some of the market share it has lost to various social startups in the past few months.
But Snapchat was prepared, and launched a new feature to its own app yesterday as well, to try to combat Facebook’s efforts. The feature is called “Our Story,” and does not require an update to the app.