WP7 and webOS Get Facebook App Updates
The Facebook applications for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform and Palm's webOS platform both received updates this week. The WP7 version received support for Facebook Places, which allows users to check into locations. It also adds the ability to tag photos. The webOS version of Facebook adds Places support, too. Palm also confirmed that Facebook Chat is in the works for webOS, which will use webOS' Synergy platform, and will be available soon.
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 Messenger No Longer Requires Facebook Account
Facebook said beginning today people do not have to have a Facebook account to use Facebook Messenger. When first loading the app, users will have the option of signing in with a phone number rather than their Facebook account.
Facebook Updates Messenger Platform to Improve Bots
Facebook hopes new features added to its Messenger Platform will help improve how bots perform within Facebook Messenger. For example, people can now rate bots so developers have more direct feedback on what works and what doesn't.
Facebook Turns On Support for 360-Degree Photos
Facebook today made it possible for people to upload and view 360-degree imagery. The tool includes support for panorama-style photos, as well as full 360-degree photos or photo spheres.