Facebook to Expand Mobile Capabilities Throughout 2011
Speaking at an event, Facebook's chief technology officer, Bret Taylor, said that Facebook's primary focus for 2011 will be to enhance the mobile features and services offered by Facebook. "Mobile is our primary focus for our platform this year. Mobile usage has been the fastest growing part of the Facebook experience. Taylor pointed out that more than 200 million people use Facebook from mobile devices, and that subset of users is far more active than those who access Facebook only from a desktop. Taylor indicated that it believes HTML5 is the future. He said, "We are going to be investing a lot in developing HTML5 versions of Facebook. We are hoping that can over time help people get the breadth of distribution on mobile." Taylor didn't go into specifics about what changes Facebook users can expect to see.
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 Testing Encryption and Disappearing Notes In Messenger
Facebook today said it is exploring new features for Facebook Messenger that will give people the ability to secure their conversations. First, Facebook is looking at end-to-end encryption between two devices.
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 Brings Suicide Prevention Tools to Messenger and Live
Facebook today outlined several new initiatives it has put in place to help those who may intend to harm themselves. The actions follow a commitment made last month by Facebook CEO mark Zuckerberg to do more to help those in need.
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