Facebook has announced a new metric they will start measuring in order to “improve” the news feed presented to users. In the past they have used things like commenting or liking or sharing a post to help determine what stories may be most relevant to users. Recognizing that some stories may be of interest but do not create any of those actions, Facebook will start measuring the time spent viewing a story to improve the News Feed. Read more
Facebook’s solution for mobile users in emerging markets, “Facebook Lite,” is now rolling out in select regions.
The app is designed to work efficiently on slow networks with minimal bandwidth capacity. The download is only a 1MB file, so you could imagine there are quick install and load times. Features in the app include core Facebook functions, including status updates, News Feed, photos, notifications, etc.
Asia’s first on the list to receive the app — next up is Latin America, Africa and Europe.
Source: Facebook Newsroom
Is there anything more important in Facebook than the News Feed? It is where users flock to see what is going on with friends, family, and complete strangers. It is your News Feed and you should be the one controlling it. That is why Facebook is handing over the keys to News Feed right to you.
For those of you patiently waiting for the popular Flipbard application, one of Google Currents‘ direct competitors, you’ll be happy to know that the app has finally made its way to the Android platform. To kick things off, the app will be exclusive to Samsung Galaxy III devices initially before finally rolling out to the rest of the platform. We weren’t told exactly how long the rest of the world will have to wait but we’ll do our best to find out for you. The UI looks pretty similar to what the iPhone currently has today, and as expected, allows gestures for navigating through your aggregated content. However, unlike the iPhone, the Android version will of course sport a cool widget which takes up an entire page providing the day’s latest and popular news feeds. If you think you’ll most likely be on board come launch day, you can sign up at the link below to receive the update once the application is available for Android. And by the way the devs stated the app will be available for “Android mobile phones” we’re not banking on a tablet version right off the bat. So, here’s to hoping we don’t have to wait for the app too long. And if we do, lets hope our boys over XDA will have something to say about it. Are you looking forward to the app or are you content with Google Currents and other news aggregation apps already on the Android OS?
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YourVersion app users on Android smartphones can now have the same functionailty on your Android tablet devices as well, now that YourVersion has optimized their news reader app for tablet size screen resolution. YourVersion is totally free and brings breaking news, blogs and tweets right to your tablet or smartphone in a slick, easy to navigate interface.
The app makes it easy for you to integrate your social networking sites such as Twitter and facebook, while allowing you to easily share or blog interesting news articles to others. It can be seen as just another news reader, but they’ve paid specific attention to how the app displays on larger screens, making this a better user experience overall, rather than a regular reader app originally made for smaller screens, and stretched to fit a tablet size screen.
The app has a minimum resolution requirement of 1024×600 (same as Samsung Galaxy Tab). For tablet devices with smaller resolutions however, users are encouraged to still use the smartphone version of the app, which you can find here. Requires Android 2.1 and up.
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