After introducing Facebook Home to Android, Facebook is now bringing some of the new features to iOS, notably chat heads. With the latest update, your Facebook chats will now appear alongside the screen, which sounds nice until you realize this only works within the Facebook app and that unlike on Android, the chat heads don’t work universally within the OS, thanks to the limitations in iOS.
Along with the new chat heads feature, you also get stickers on the iPhone, which are just really large and detailed emoticons that you can use in your chats. Other than that, both the iPhone and iPad versions get a refreshed UI with a redesigned timeline.
To download the new Facebook update, click here or update through the App Store.
Facebook has launched a new ad for their Android-based launched called Facebook Home. Unlike any of their previous ads, however, this one features the company CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself, along with other members of the team that worked on Facebook Home and is shot in their headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
The new ad carries forward the theme from the previous one, where users of Facebook Home start seeing events from their feed happening around them. In this video, Mark is congratulating his team on the work they did on Facebook Home, while one of the employees – Joey – is checking his feed on his HTC First. Read more »
After acquiring the online music discovery service We Are Hunted, Twitter was speculated to be working on launching its own music streaming service. At that time, however, these were just speculations, with no concrete information available from either Twitter or We Are Hunted.
Now, a new webpage – music.twitter.com – has gone live, which seems to confirm the rumors of an imminent arrival of a new music service from Twitter. As of now, however, the site isn’t working, with the sign in button sending you in an endless loop of logging in and then being sent back to the site, only to be asked to sign in again. According to AllThingsD, the Twitter music service is said to go live on Friday, so the site may start working any minute now. Read more »
Professional social networking website LinkedIn has announced that the company has acquired the popular mobile news reader app Pulse. The acquisition is said to have cost the company $90 million, according to AllThingsD.
The first question that might come to anyone’s mind is ‘Why?’. Why would a social network like LinkedIn need to invest in a news reader application. Read more »
Cinemagram have released a new Android version of their app, more than a year later after the service was first launched on iOS. The app is free to download and is now available on the Play Store.
For those who don’t know, Cinemagram is a social network where you record short videos, which are then converted to looping GIFs and posted to your account. You can also share these GIFs to other social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Read more »
Facebook Home Android launcher was announced yesterday and there are already enough people waiting to download it on their phones. HTC even announced the First smartphone which will come with the launcher as standard, replacing the company’s own Sense UI.
Well, Facebook Home surely sounds attractive for the social network addicts, but unless you are using HTC First, we have some bad news. Facebook Home app won’t show the Android notifications. Read more »
It’s now exactly 1 year since Instagram launched on Android and the popular photo sharing social network has decided to celebrate the occasion with a post on its blog.
According to the developers’ statistics, after the first 12 months of availability droid users account for nearly half of all Instagram users. Read more »
Twitter has updated the Android and iOS version of its mobile application, along with the mobile version of their website. The biggest changes are in the Android version, which gets a brand new UI that follows the new Holo UI guidelines (for most parts).
The new Twitter for Android now lets you swipe horizontally on the screen to move between the tabs on the top. This means that you can no longer swipe on an individual tweet to get quick access to tweet options. Moving between hierarchies is now accompanies by slick sliding animations where the next screen is stacked above the previous one, similar to the animation in the stock Android app drawer. Read more »
If you’re between 6 and 70 years old then you probably have or are still using Skype’s services for connecting with others on a daily basis. Well Skype is thanking all of you today with a special infographic because the service has reached 2 billion minutes a day milestone.
To put things in perspective (sort of) that means more than 3805 years or around 38 centuries of being connected on Skype, or enough time to walk around the Earth more than 845 times! Read more »
Twitter is one of the most widely used social networks and the website currently has more than 200 million active users with more than 400 million tweets per day. The ad revenue of the popular social networking website is expected to reach new heights in 2014 as Twitter’s mobile advertisement revenue is on the rise and has resulted in 53% of Twitter’s ad revenue in the recent times, according to eMarketer.
The ad revenue of the third most popular social networking website is expected to reach $582.8 million by the end of this year, out of which $308.9 million are anticipated to come from mobile ads. Read more »
Google+ is keen to maintain its reputation of being one of the most innovative social networks and has released a new update that allows you to set animated GIF images as your profile picture. Of course, MySpace has had this feature for a while, but with Google+, the feature is finally bound to get wider exposure.
The latest addition allows you to use the animated GIF images as your account’s banner and the image will be viewed by the users visiting your profile. Read more »
Google has updated the mobile app for Android and iOS and introduced some new UI changes along with added features. One of the first major updates is the introduction of new image filters. Yes, Google+ now joins the ranks of countless social networking apps that let you add gaudy filters to your images before posting them.
The image filter option is thanks to the recent acquisition of photo editing application Snapseed. Although the editing options in the Google+ aren’t as comprehensive as in the Snapseed app there are a ton of filters for you to choose from. Interestingly, the photo filters are only available in the iOS version of the Google+ app. Read more »
Facebook announced a redesigned News Feed, which divides the content stream into different categories. The new look aims to take better advantage of visual content such as photos and videos through larger thumbs, as well as to unify the News Feed appearance for desktop and mobile devices.
The new content categories in the redesigned News Feed include one for content from your friends, a dedicated one for photos, as well as separate feeds for music related posts and news on public figures you follow. Read more »
The web version of Google+ has got a slight redesign today with much larger cover photos, a Google Now-eqsue look for the About section as well as Local reviews.
The new cover photos are quite large, up to 2120px by 1192px in fact, and they are displayed in 16:9 aspect ratio when fully expanded. Now you can really make your Google+ page shine. Read more »
Right when it was starting to seem that Twitter had completely forgotten about the Windows Phone version of its mobile app, the company has gone ahead and released a brand new version with a completely new look.
The new app takes some design elements from the iOS and Android version of Twitter’s mobile apps, such as the presence of the four tabs at the top but still maintains a UI that feels at home on Windows Phone (unlike the Android version, which is essentially a clone of the iOS version). Read more »