Gemalto Sticks Facebook on a SIM Card
Gemalto announced a new Facebook application that is installed on the SIM card rather than the phone itself. Facebook for SIM offers core Facebook features, such as friend requests, status updates, wall posts and messages. Because the application relies on SMS for its functionality, the application can be used without the need for a data plan. It is compatible with both pre-paid and post-paid plans. The application provides alerts and pop-up messages when new messages or content is available. Gemalto says the application can run on any phone that uses a SIM card.
Facebook Messenger Brings SMS Back to Android App
Facebook today said Facebook Messenger users will once again be able to send SMS messages — as long as they're running Android. Essentially, Android users can set Messenger as the default SMS app, which will route all SMS messages and conversations through Messenger rather than any other SMS apps that may be installed on the device.
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.
Google’s New Pixel Phones to Ship with Embedded eSIM
Google today revealed that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets will include an optional, built-in eSIM card, allowing people to bypass the use of traditional SIM cards. According to Google, the eSIMs will be compatible with its own Project Fi service.
Gemalto Says SIM Hack Unsuccessful
Gemalto, the maker of SIM cards, today said that though the NSA and British GCHQ "probably" attempted to steal SIM card encryption keys, they didn't succeed. Gemalto reports the NSA and GCHQ were able to break into its corporate systems, but could not have stolen the encryption keys as revealed by Edward Snowden.