'Hello' App Plucks Facebook Data to Show Who's Calling
Facebook wants to make it easier for people to see who's calling and, if necessary, block those callers. The company today said it is testing a new app called Hello. The app sorts through Facebook data and will display info about incoming calls even if the number is not saved in the contact app. The caller ID information will be limited to that which is public on Facebook, or already shared directly with the call recipient. The app supports search functions for businesses and people, and can be used to connect calls directly from the search results. Last, Hello makes it easier for people to block unwanted calls. Users can block specific numbers as well as those commonly blocked by others. Blocedk calls go straight to voicemail and the details will still show up in the call history. Facebook said Hello is in testing and available to Android devices beginning today.
Facebook Makes It Easy to Add People to Video Calls
Facebook today improved the video call tool in Facebook Messenger by making it a snap to add more people to the conversation. As it works today, creating group video calls requires people to initiate the call as such from the onset.
Facebook Gets Political, Adds 'Town Hall' for Local Government
Facebook is making it easier for people to find and contact their local government officials. The latest version of the app includes a section called Town Hall.
Facebook Debuts App Dedicated to Notifications
Facebook today announced Notify, an app meant to help deliver timely notifications about news, happenings, and goings-on directly to mobile devices. The app lets people follow what it calls "stations" across a broad range of categories, including sports, weather, trailers, news, and so on.
Facebook Improves Search for Conversation Discovery
Facebook today is pushing an update to its search tool in order to make topics and conversations easier to find. The tool expands beyond the borders of users' immediate friends and family, and will search through all of Facebook to see what people are saying about any given subject or event.
Facebook Broadens Its Mobile Shopping Push
Facebook is expanding the avenues through which mobile phone users can purchase goods within the Facebook app. The company is testing a new ad format called canvas that allows people to view quick-loading store sites, drill down into specific products, and make purchases — all without leaving the actual Facebook app.
The Caller ID Feature Sounds Good
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