Facebook and Loopt Tie the Location Knot
Facebook and Loopt today announced a new version of the Loopt application for the iOS platform that integrates Facebook's Places feature within Loopt. Loopt users will now be able to see all their Loopt and Facebook Places friends on one map. Users can also check into both Loopt and Places at the same time and comments made on either social networking service will cross-pollinate to the other. Users can also see both their Facebook and Loopt friends' check-in histories from the Loopt app. Other new features include more granular control over alerts and privacy features, as well as easier sign-up and registration. The new version of Loopt is a free download from the iTunes App Store.
Facebook's Events App Reaches Android Devices
Facebook has made its Events application available to Android handsets via the Google Play Store. Events By Facebook, released to iOS devices in October, lets users find and schedule things to do with family and friends.
Facebook Messenger Gains Live Location Sharing
Facebook today made it possible for people to share their real-time location with others using Messenger. The optional tool is available to both Android and iOS devices.
Facebook Integrating Song Samples from iTunes and Spotify
Facebook today announced a change to its iOS app that it hopes will help people discover more music. Facebook users will now be able to share Music Stories, which are 30-second snippets from shared songs or albums.
Facebook Brings Graph Search to iPhone
Facebook today detailed some updates it's made to search both on Facebook.com and within the iPhone app. Most importantly, Facebook is adding Graph Search to the iPhone mobile app, which will allow iPhone users to search for things such as "Which of my friends likes 'Homeland'?" and other natural language queries.
Facebook for Windows Phone Receives Major Facelift
Microsoft has made available a new version of Facebook for the Windows Phone platform. The latest update to the social networking app mixes in several new features that were previously only available in the beta, as well as overhauls both the user experience and performance.