Today Facebook announced Facebook Home, a new way for Android users to turn their device into a social oriented phone. Home isn’t a phone or OS (Operating System), it’s an app that puts Facebook front and center on your device.
Facebook designed Home to make it easier to connect with your friends. Instead of having to switch between a number of different applications, Home is both your lock screen and home screen, which makes it easier to access Facebook content.
Home’s major features are Cover feed and Chat head. With Cover feed your able to see what’s going on with friends and family directly from the lock screen, it acts like a window into what’s going on.
With Chat head, you can chat with friends even when your in the middle of checking an email or browsing the web because when your friends send you a messages, a chat head appears with your friend’s face and your able to see exactly who’s trying to get ahold of you. SMS messages also appear in the Chat head integration.
Facebook Home will be available for download starting April 12th in the Google Play store for select Android devices. These include:
- HTC One X
- HTC One X+
- Samsung Galaxy S III
- Samsung Galaxy Note II
- HTC One
- Samsung Galaxy S IV
An Android tablet version is in the works and a few months away. iPhone integration can’t happen at this point because of how strict Apple is with system access and we don’t see that changing anytime soon.
Facebook for iPhone received an update today that added the features from the standalone Facebook messenger app. If you have a U.S. or Canada based Facebook account you can make free phone calls to your Facebook friends from the message screen. In addition a new button design allows for easier liking, commenting and sharing posts in the news feed.
To make a Facebook call, simply tap on a friends name in the chat menu, tap the information button and another screen will appear allowing you the option to make a call if the other party is available
If you follow LG Mobile on Facebook you probably noticed their post about “New Series Will Be Unveiled” with just an image of a bow. The caption with the image says, ” See what surprise LG has in store for you this time, with an unexpected distinction.”
LG fans seem to be really excited according to some of the comments left on the post. I’m sure like us, the fans can’t wait for MWC (Mobile World Congress) to hurry up arrive. MWC takes place in Barcelona where the company introduced the L-style series last year. What would you like to see LG introduce this year?
If you are one of Instagrams 90 million users who also owns an iOS device and have been receiving an error message whenever you attempt to upload a picture to both Instagram and Facebook, you are not alone. My editor and I are both avid Instagram users and we have both encountered this error for the past few weeks.
After checking every setting in our iPhones and deleting both the Instagram app as well as the Facebook app the error still occurred. Then after some research we found the solution to the problem.
If you are having the same problem don’t throw your iPhone or reinstall anything.
First you are going to head to your computer and log into your Facebook account and search Instagram in the top Facebook search bar. Click on the option that is listed as Instagram App. You will now be on the below page.
Once you are here all you need to do to fix your error message is click the Send to Mobile button and you will receive a notification on your iOS device from Facebook.
Your Instagram app will now be able to upload to your Facebook account as well without anymore errors.
Facebook for iOS has a new update Version 5.1, which has added a number of new features making it easier for users to chat with their Facebook friends and share multiple pictures at a time.
Your even able to send gifts; I mean real gifts to your friends on Facebook using the new Facebook Gifts option. This feature is only available for users in the U.S. currently.
- Swipe left anywhere in the app to quickly see who’s available and send a message
- Add friends you message most to the top of your Favorites
- Share multiple photos fast
- Give real gifts to your friends using Facebook Gifts (US-only)
- When sending messages, see who’s active so you and your friends know how soon to expect a reply.
Follow this link to download your update if you haven’t already.
Sprint is just as excited as iPhone users, as the company posted on their Facebook page “The fancy new phone you’ve been waiting for arrives in Sprint stores tomorrow!” There’s even a link to follow that takes you straight to their iPhone 5 section.
HTC has released an image on their Facebook page that doesn’t have much to it. An image that is cut in half with two pieces to it, the upper part with the corner of what seems to be a phone and “10:08″ and the lower part with “19.9″.
19.9 could be the 19th of September and the 10.08 could stand for October 8th a possible release date.
We will know more tomorrow when HTC holds their event. It is possible it is the HTC One X 5 or the HTC Droid Incredible X.
Facebook for iOS received an update today. This update brings a faster experience and a streamlined interface. So far in our testing the speed have been greatly improved. Working with photos is much easier and problems posting seem to have been fixed.
Below is a list of documented improvements:
- Scrolling through news feed is faster than ever
- New banner lets you tap to quickly see more stories – no need to refresh
- Photos open fast and close with no downward swipe
- Instant access to your notifications
Lets us know if your find anything new in comments.
Samsung is running a trade-in program that will allow users to upgrade to a new Samsung smartphone and receive up to $300 for your old phone.
If you are looking for the Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note this is a great program to take advantage of. Even if you wanted to change carriers and you are in contract you could potentially cover your early termination fee with this trade-in deal.
“Upgrading is simple. You’ll get a quote, purchase a new Samsung smartphone, and mail in your old phone within 30 days. Then you’ll get a check mailed to you for your refund. If you’ve already purchased a new Samsung smartphone, have the proof of purchase handy.”
If you plan on taking advantage of Samsung’s trade-in program follow this link.