Facebook Intros Feature Phone App
Facebook today announced a new application that will allow standard feature phones to access and use select Facebook features, including contact access, status updates and photos. According to Facebook, the application works with some 2,500 different phone models, including those built by manufacturers such as Nokia, Sony Ericsson, LG and others. Facebook said it worked with 14 different operators around the world so that customers in those companies won't be charged data fees to access the Facebook app for the first 90 days it is available. The application is being made available to markets outside the U.S. first. Facebook didn't announce plans to bring the application to feature phones in the U.S., but the app was developed in cooperation with Snaptu, which already provides a social networking application for feature phones from carriers such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
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 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.
Facebook Brings Free Video Calls to Messenger App
Facebook today said users of its Messenger application will soon be able to make free video calls to one another. The feature can be initiated with a single button and works over LTE 4G or WiFi.
Facebook to Delete Mobile Photos In Move to Force Adoption of 'Moments' App
Facebook has begun informing people that photos privately synced from mobile phones to the social network will soon be deleted. Facebook allowed people to automatically backup photos from phones to its servers and store them privately for a time.