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 »
The nine-digit number of active users has been reached two and a half years after Instagram came into being. Read more »
Facebook announced partnerships with multiple mobile operators to provide free or discounted data access for its website usage. As we already know, much of the Facebook’s usage is from the mobile devices and the Mark Zuckerberg’s company is trying to make it easier on the wallets to access it.
Facebook’s latest promotion offers you free or discounted data access on Messenger for Android, Messenger for iOS and, of course, for every platform, for which the service has been optimized. Read more »
It took them a while to get on the Lolcat bandwagon but get on the bandwagon they have. Twitter just added a new language option for their website, which now lets you change the language to Lolcat. Yes, that’s like a language now.
What this basically does is change the language of the entire UI to the Lolcat speak that you
may must have seen in memes on the internet. So ‘Home’ becomes ‘HUM’, ‘Direct messages’ becomes ‘DIRECT MESSUJS, KTHNXBYE!’ AND EVRYTHIN JUS STRTS REEDIN LYK DIS LOLZ!! Read more »
Back when Instagram was started, the only web presence the company had was a single page for each of the images that you uploaded from their web app and nothing else (not counting the blog). This was rectified a few months ago, when they released web profiles, that allowed you to check full profiles of users on the website with all their pictures.
Now, the company has finally launched an online web feed, which, for the first time, lets users see their timeline on the web without having to use the mobile app. Read more »
Twitter users on Android have been waiting for this day for a long time now but it’s finally here. After being teased for almost a year, the developers of Carbon have finally released the Twitter client on the Play Store.
The app was shown off on Twitter last year and then an early alpha was released for a few users. After that the app was delayed indefinitely because the developers could not release it as a paid app on Play Store as it wasn’t supported in their region. After that it was announced that the app would be released as a free app but even that got postponed indefinitely. Read more »
Google+, one of the latest additions to the social network club has overtaken Twitter to become the second most popular social networking website after Facebook.
According to Global Web Index report Facebook, Google+ and Twitter are the most used social platforms. Read more »
Twitter has announced a new service called Vine, which lets you share short looping videos on Twitter. The videos can be up to 6 seconds long with sound and loop automatically on the website like an animated GIF.
To capture one of these videos, you will need to download the Vine application, which currently is only available for the iPhone and the iPod touch. The app is very similar to the Instagram app, but instead of square images you see square video clips on your timeline. Read more »
After announcing the new Graph Search feature yesterday, Facebook has rolled out yet another important feature, the ability to make voice calls from the mobile app to any of your friends.
Currently, this feature only works on the iOS version of Facebook’s mobile app and only within the US. There is no need to update the app to get this feature. Read more »
Facebook has announced a major upgrade to the search engine on their website called the Graph Search. Using this new tool, you will be able to enter more specific search queries and get results based on the massive amount of data that Facebook has collected over the years.
Graph Search works by taking advantage of all the information people have uploaded over the years on Facebook. Things such as their jobs, location, relationship status, photos, etc. It then uses all of this information to give you relevant results for your specific queries, something you cannot do with regular web search. Read more »
Unfortunately for them, the new documents resulted in a major outcry from the users because they made it sound like Instagram would be using your photos to sell them to advertisers, which resulted in a lot of people deleting their accounts. Now Instagram has published a blog post that talk about these changes to assure users that their intentions have been misinterpreted. Read more »
Microsoft has released a new version of Facebook app specifically for Windows Phone 8. In case you’re not aware, the Facebook app for Windows Phone is actually made by Microsoft, unlike the apps on iOS and Android, which are made by Facebook itself.
The new app mostly concentrates on the performance improvement, which is evident as soon as you launch the app, as everything from scrolling to opening pages is faster now. Other changes include support for multiple resolutions possible on Windows Phone 8 and multiple tile sizes. Read more »