Mark Zuckerberg has said that different kinds of content will be available on Facebook Home. That’s coming soon, as Facebook announced Thursday that beta testers of Android will see highly visual content from Instagram, as well as Pinterest, Tumblr and Flickr on the Facebook Home cover feed.
Although many consumers have branded Facebook Home (the social network’s Android platform) a flop, the program still has a very important fan — CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Zuckerberg told a packed crowd at TechCrunch Disrupt Wednesday that Facebook is still fully supportive of Home, and teased that Instagram and other social content will be coming to the cover feed soon.
Facebook made a big push with Home in April, but many users who downloaded Home were frustrated and unsure of what exactly it was. Many people complained through Google Play reviews that Home was taking over their phone, quickly deleting it.
Kate Jhaveri, formerly Facebook’s head of consumer and mobile marketing, started her new job Tuesday at Twitter, where she is now the senior director of consumer marketing, according to AllThingsD.
Jhaveri spent three years at Facebook, where she led marketing for the company’s preferred marketing developers program, as well as platform and credits. Prior to Facebook, Jhaveri spent seven years doing marketing for Microsoft, and a year with Apple.
Facebook confirmed Jhaveri’s departure to AllThingsD:
Kate was a valuable member of Facebook’s team and we wish her the best of luck in the future.
Image courtesy of AllThingsD.
Facebook released an update to its Android app Thursday, giving life to some of the stickers — a popular feature. Now Android users can see Pusheen (above) jiggle in a message. The update is currently available in the Google Play store.
With Android version 4.0.2 and higher, Pusheen, Beast (named after Mark Zuckerberg’s dog) and Anooki are animated. Facebook also fixed bugs on likes, comments and page recommendations.
Facebook also updated Home, which allows for users to control the music they’re listening to right from the lock screen (screenshot below the jump).
Seeking a formal figurehead for marketing the company, Facebook hired its first Chief Marketing Officer: Gary Briggs, formerly the chief marketer for Motorola Mobility before Google acquired the company in 2010 — according to AdAge.
Facebook is playing to its strengths, adding a mobile-minded executive to head Facebook’s marketing team. According to AdAge, Briggs was Google’s Vice President of Consumer Marketing before heading up the company’s Motorola division. With Motorola, Briggs was an advisor to CEO Dennis Woodside and CMO Bill Morgan. He was one of the lead minds behind the marketing efforts for Chrome, Google+ and other prominent Google products. Before joining Google, he was the CEO of gift card startup Plastic Jungle and the Vice President of Consumer Marketing at eBay, among other roles.
It will be interesting to see if Briggs will pump up the marketing behind Facebook Home, which was not very popular in its infancy, but the company is rapidly improving its Android platform.
Facebook’s latest update for Android devices will borrow from a notable feature within Facebook Home. Starting today, Android users with Home-supported devices will be able to have cover feed as their default lock screen, if they so choose.
Facebook regularly borrows parts of standalone apps such as Messenger and Camera (for iOS) and incorporates them into the native app.
Through this latest update, which will roll out gradually starting today, Android users with a Home-supported device can choose to have their lock screen be cover feed, which allows them to flip through and see updates and photos from their friends.
A Facebook spokesperson commented on the app’s newest update:
Cover feed has been a popular element of the Home experience and making it available from the Facebook Android app makes it accessible for more people.
In addition to viewing photos and posts from friends from cover feed, you will be able to quickly unlock the screen and access the camera and messages from it. Chat heads and the Home launcher are not accessible from Facebook for Android although they are still available when downloading Home. Chat heads can be enabled via Messenger.
This way, Android users can still have (or try) cover feed without going full in and downloading Facebook Home.
Facebook also added Home support for three additional devices: HTC One, Nexus 4 and Samsung Galaxy S4.
Here’s the full list of Home-friendly Android devices: Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, HTC One X, HTC One X+, HTC First, HTC One, Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy S4.
The update will be available in the Google Play store over the next couple of days.
Image courtesy of Facebook.
Facebook updated its Android application for members of its beta testing group Monday, giving a sneak peek at features that could be made for all Android users in the future. One of the more notable features of this update is the ability to save photos directly from the Facebook mobile photo viewer.
Additionally, it has updated Facebook Home (for members of the test group) to make the status bar denoting notifications and battery life a permanent fixture atop the lock screen.
Facebook on Monday announced an update to Home, its platform for Android. Now Home users can categorize their apps into folders.
A Facebook spokesperson commented on the update in an email to Inside Facebook:
An improved launcher is the most requested item Facebook has received since the launch of Home, and the team continues to make updates to Home in order to provide consumers with the best experience. For example, last month, Facebook added a dock to the Home launcher and the team is currently working on widget support that will put Home’s launcher on par with stock Android launchers. We will be sure to send you updates as new features are added to Home.
The update is now available from the Google Play store.
Readers: What else would you like to see from Facebook Home?
Facebook users have made it clear that they want more control over their privacy. The company’s investors said that repeatedly during Facebook’s first shareholders meeting, and the latest Android mobile app update shows that the site is working on more ways to get privacy controls in the users’ hands.
From the Android app, Facebook users can now change the privacy settings on any of their prior posts.
Previously, users could only control who sees posts they’re about to make from their Android app, but now people can go back to any post they’ve made and tweak the privacy settings.
Facebook today announced an update for its Android homescreen experience Facebook Home to address performance and stability. Facebook also revealed at a press event at its headquarters today that in four weeks since the launch of Home on April 12, Home increased user engagement by more than 25 percent compared to the standard Facebook app.
Facebook measures engagement through two areas — feedback such as commenting and liking, and time spent in the app. Facebook director of mobile engineering Cory Ondrejka adds that Facebook Home, with its Chat Heads feature, has also increased the use of messaging. He says participation, which is how many users are actually using Messenger, saw a 7 percent lift, while the total volume of messages sent was up 10 percent.
Facebook plans to update Home on a monthly basis with the latest update arriving today, and future updates landing on June 9 and July 11.
Ondrejka revealed that Facebook Home has nearly reached the one million downloads mark. He adds that, for the amount of devices Home is compatible for, one million downloads was within Facebook’s expectations for Home in this time frame.
Facebook also addressed issues users have experienced with Home, including the lack of folder and doc support as well as a more intuitive way to initiate a discussion with Chat Heads. In a future update within in the next couple of months, users will be able to slide up as they normally would to bring up their apps — as seen to the right — but instead of a small pane with apps, it will be a full screen of apps set in a translucent background with folder support.
For Chat Heads, users will soon be able to drag their profile picture to the left, which will initiate the messenger list to drop down from the left. As for widgets support, Facebook is looking into it, but didn’t reveal any specific plans to integrate it. (more…)
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