Redesign Coming to Facebook, Instagram Apps
Facebook is starting to role out major redesigns of all of its major apps, including Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. In the core Facebook app, the company is refreshing the design and refocusing the whole service to emphasize private groups over public posts. Different types of groups will now have new tailored features, such as job postings for job groups, and anonymous questions for health groups. In the Dating area, users can now designate "secret crushes" among extended friend circles, where Facebook will match people who crush on each other. The Messenger app is being re-engineered to be faster and "lighter". It will also introduce a new feature where friends can watch a video together and chat about it, and a feature that collects Stories from Close Friends in one place. In Instagram, a new camera interface includes a Create Mode for generating visual content from scratch, without a photo or video. Instagram is also adding a new fundraising tool, with 100% of funds going a nonprofit of choice. Instagram is also starting a phased rollout of in-app shopping for products promoted by creators. WhatsApp will soon gain a catalog feature where customers interacting with a business account can view a product catalog from that business.
Jan 8, 2019
ROKiT is a new line of affordable unlocked phones accompanied by a unique range of health and life services for what it calls "transitionals", which means people between jobs, people struggling socioeconomically, and anyone without adequate health insurance. The lineup includes two very basic feature phones and three Android models.
Oct 26, 2018
WhatsApp today announced that support for stickers and sticker packs is coming to its mobile apps for Android and iOS. The messaging service is initially offering stickers designed by its own staff and select artists, though it also hopes third party content creators will adopt WhatsApp stickers.
Dec 18, 2018
Instagram today announced several new ways people can interact with one another via the social network. First, it has added the ability to ask friends for music recommendations, or to make your own recommendations, using the questions sticker.
Oct 23, 2018
Facebook today revealed a new version of Facebook Messenger featuring a cleaned-up user interface that the social network hopes people will find more appealing. To start, Messenger 4 will dial back the number of tabs from nine to three with an emphasis on existing one-to-one and group conversations.