Facebook has updated its Home launcher, which still runs only on select Android phones, with the ability to bring updates from picture focused social networks like Flickr, Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram, in addition to Facebook, to the users’ lock screen.
These image-sharing network apps can beÂ integratedÂ with Facebook Home while setting it up, using the ‘Connect Apps to Home’ prompt. One can login to these apps and check ‘Show on lock screen,’ following which photos and posts from them would appear on the phone’s lock screen. The settings can be changed by going to the Home app and tapping on More Settings.
It’s worth pointing out that the feature is only available to Facebook for Android beta testers at this point in time. This means you’ll only be able to use the feature if you sign up for the program.
The update also includes an improved app launcher. By adding other social networks to the lockscreen, Facebook is increasing the utility of the Facebook Home launcher for users, perhaps in a move to prevent them from abandoning the not-so-popular app completely.
In August,Â Facebook had updated Home to offer music controls on the phone’s lock screenÂ when the user is playing music allowing users to play, pause, and switch to the previous and next tracks without opening the music player.
As users would know, Facebook Home takes over the phone’s homescreen and lock screen to offer a customised Facebook-focused experience that includes updates and notifications from Facebook friends.
Facebook Home was made available as a free download from the Google Play store in the US on April 12 this year. It was extended to India and other countries across the world with the Google Play store on April 16.
The Home app – or the ‘launcher’ in technical terms – is designed to let users display mobile versions of their Facebook newsfeed and messages prominently on the phone’s home screen. Also included is “chat heads” messaging service and “cover feed”, both of which dominate users’ homescreens and continuously offer messages, photos, status updates and other content from Facebook’s network.
Home is currently available only on select devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Nexus 4, HTC First, HTC One X, HTC One X+ and HTC One.
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Users and Page admins can now respond to posts and comments using a photo instead of, or accompanied by, words, a Facebook spokesperson tellsÂ Mashable. Leaving a photo comment is as simple as clicking on the camera icon next to the comment box and uploading an image from your computer.
For now, photo comments can only be uploaded using a desktop or mobile web browser. Although mobile app users can see photo comments, they can’t yet leave them, although we imagine that capability will be included in a future update.
Photo comments are automatically enabled on Pages, but Page admins can turn them off at any time.
Facebook and Twitter have launched applications for Google glasses as developers rushed to learn more about tailoring software for the Internet-linked eyewear yet to hit the market.
“Built by Facebook, this app allows you to upload photos from Google Glass directly to your Facebook timeline,” Erick Tseng, head of mobile products at the social network, said in a message posted from the Google developers conference.
“You can also add an optional photo description, just by speaking it.”
Tseng’s Facebook page displayed an image evidently taken in a packed Glass session at the gathering and was tagged as the first public post to the social network using the application built for the eyewear.
“Can’t wait to start seeing Google Glass photos in my News Feed!” Tseng said.
Globally popular messaging service Twitter also introduced an application for Glass.
Twitter for Google Glass let people share pictures or text messages using the glasses, according to engineering manager Shiv Ramamurthi.
Ramamurthi demonstrated his point by tweeting an image from one of the array of sessions devoted to providing developers with insights and tools for making software for Glass. He gave the picture the hashtag #throughglass.
“In addition to sharing photos, you can also keep up with the people you follow on Twitter through notifications,” Ramamurthi said. “As always, you can reply to, retweet or favorite these Tweets.”
Several major news organizations have also tailored applications for Glass, which has only been made available to developers and a limited selection of “explorers” who paid $1,500 each for the eyewear.
Google Glass was a common sight at the California-based Internet giant’s annual developers conference, which continues here through Friday.
Software savants at the gathering shared visions of games, weather reports, news and more delivered to the Internet-linked eyewear.
Many of the 6,000 developers attending an annual Google I/O event in San Francisco sported Glass in what was unofficially deemed the largest ever gathering of Glass wearers.
Envisioned uses ranged from practical tasks such as shopping or delivering local weather reports to sharing real time video streams of riding cable cars or playing augmented reality games in which the world is the board.
Glass lets wearers take pictures, record video, send messages, or perform other tasks with touch controls or by speaking “Okay Glass” followed by a command.
Glass connects to the Internet using Wi-Fi hot spots or, more typically, by being wirelessly tethered to mobile phones. Pictures or video can be shared through the Google+ social network.
Google co-founder and chief Larry Page depicted Glass as part of an ongoing effort to get computers “out of the way” so people can focus on lives enriched by what the Internet has to offer.
“We want to make sure we are building experiences that make people really happy,” Page said while speaking about Glass.
“We are relying on you to make happy users,” he told developers at the conference. “Ultimately, I think a lot of your experiences will move to Glass.”
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said recently that it will take “a while” before consumer versions of Glass are available.
At a press event on Thursday, Facebook’s director of mobile engineeringÂ told reportersÂ that Home had been downloaded “just about” 1 million times. On Sunday, Facebook Home was classified as having been installed 1 million – 5 million times in the Google Play Store. Facebook did not immediately respond to our request for comment about when exactly it passed the million mark.
While it’s certainly a good milestone to reach, demand for Facebook Home appears to be dropping off. It took Facebook 10 days to hit 500,000 downloads and about twice that long to hit 1 million. Data fromÂ App Annie, which tracks app store rankings, shows that Facebook Home is currently below the top 100 Android apps in every country where it’s available. In the US, it barely cracked the top 50 at its peak and has since dropped out of the top 300.
Many developers would be ecstatic to have their app downloaded 1 million times, but for Facebook, that represents a drop in the bucket considering it has more thanÂ 750 millionÂ active monthly mobile users. It also seems unlikely that all of those who have downloaded the app continue to have it installed on their phones, considering that Facebook Home has just a two-star rating in Google Play right now.
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The site said the move aims to stop users being bombarded with messages from strangers.
Those who want to contact a non-friends can now either pay a fee of around 71p to send the message directly to a person’s inbox along with an automatic alert, or send the message for free to a less visible folder.
Facebookers can still communicate with friends and people with whom they share mutual friends for free, The Independent reports.
According to the paper, users can pay the fee online instantly with a credit or debit card, but under-18s are barred from doing so.
They are also blocked from receiving unsolicited messages.
Facebook, which has become an integral part of our social lives, is hosting an event to showcase its “new home on Android.” Speculation in tech industry is rife that the company may launch a smartphone running on Google’s mobile operating system Android.
EVLeaks has leaked what it claims is the first image of the Facebook phone, likely to be called HTC First. This phone is rumoured to have a heavily customised version of Android, much like Amazon has done with its Kindle tablets.
According to tech grapevine, HTC First is likely to have a 4.3-inch touchscreen that supports 720p videos and run on a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Other rumoured features of this alleged smartphone include a 5MP camera, 1GB RAM, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with HTC Sense 4.5 and deep Facebook integration.
Previously, HTC made two smartphones – named Salsa and ChaCha – that featured dedicated Facebook hardware keys.
Facebook last week sent out invites that only said “Come See Our New Home On Android.”
There has been speculation about a ‘Facebook phone’ that can help the social network better monetise its mobile platform by featuring Facebook prominently on the phone.
Facebook has long held firm it has no intention of building its own smartphone, saying instead it would rather weave access to the social network into software running the gamut of handsets.
News of the April 4 event at social network’s main campus in the Silicon Valley city of Menlo Park came as the research firm IDC released a Facebook-backed study showing that smartphones have become people’s close friends in the US.