Facebook Overhauls iOS App, Focuses on Speed
Facebook today announced a brand new version of its iPhone/iPad application. Facebook claims that Facebook 5.0 for iOS performs twice as fast as the previous version, as it relies on native iOS code rather than HTML5. Facebook says the app itself should open faster, news feeds should refresh faster, notifications should appear quicker, and photos should open faster. Facebook also added some new double-tap features for the newsfeed and a swipe-down-to-close feature in the photo gallery. Facebook 5.0 for iOS is a free download from the App Store.
Facebook Messenger Adds Video Clip Feature
Facebook has pushed out an update to its Messenger application for both Android and iOS and added several new features. The most significant new feature is the ability to record and send 15-second video clips to other Facebook users from within the app itself.
Facebook Releases 'Lite' App for Android Phones
Facebook today announced Facebook Lite, a version of the social network that uses less data and will work on less-robust network connections. The Facebook Lite app is just 1MB to install, and Facebook claims it loads quickly and offers core features, such as News Feed, status updates, photos, and notifications.
Facebook Debuts Moments App for Sharing Event Photos
Facebook today announced a new application called Moments. The app is meant to help people share photos privately with others — even if they don't use Facebook.
Facebook to Require Moments App to Sync Photos
Facebook plans to stop uploading users' photos automatically unless they download and install the Facebook Moments app. Facebook has long offered to sync smartphone photos automatically in order to promote sharing.