May 15, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - It may be too soon to call Facebook Home a flop. But it's clearly not the breakout hit that some expected. One month after its splashy debut, fewer and fewer people are downloading Facebook's new mobile software. It took weeks for Facebook Home to hit 1 million downloads - less than 0.1% of its 1.1-billion monthly active user base. QUIZ: How much do you know about Facebook? And many who have loaded it onto their smartphones don't like it. Home has a two-star rating in the Google Play store, with more than half of the 17,000-plus reviews giving Home just one star, the lowest possible rating.
April 16, 2013 |
Facebook is releasing an update to its iPhone and iPad apps Tuesday that will include many of the new features it has promised over the last several months. The social network said the apps will now feature the redesigned News Feed it announced in March. Facebook says the change will be most notable in its iPad app; the new design will emphasize photos more than it has in the past. The app update also adds a new feature called "Chat Heads" that Facebook introduced earlier this month when it announced Facebook Home, its new interface for Android smartphones.
April 5, 2013 |
MENLO PARK, Calif. - Mark Zuckerberg has set into motion his most ambitious plan yet to make Facebook Inc. the world's dominant form of communication. Facebook's chief executive on Thursday unveiled Facebook Home, software that transforms smartphones and tablets into devices ruled by the giant social network. It digitally shoves aside every other app on the device and allows Facebook to take over the home screen with status updates, photos and messages. For years it was rumored that Facebook - spurred by a firestorm of doubt about its ability to make the business leap to mobile devices - would design and manufacture its own phone.
April 4, 2013 |
Facebook has officially announced Facebook Home to make Android-powered smartphones more Facebook-centric. It's a free interface Android users can download as of April 12. "With Home you see your world through people, not apps," Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday at the Facebook Home launch. LIVE DISCUSSION: Join us as we talk about Facebook Home at 2 p.m. With Facebook Home, users see the latest content shared by their friends on the lock screen of their phones.
March 20, 2013 |
You can do a lot with smartphones these days, but unless you're downloading the best apps for your device, you aren't really using it to its full potential. So if you aren't sure what to download, just make sure you have these 10 apps on your iPhone or Android device. Google Maps This app comes preinstalled on Android devices and should be the first app downloaded on iPhones. Besides top-notch design, the app is the best free voice navigation app for driving directions.
March 8, 2013 |
MENLO PARK, Calif. - For some users, Facebook's front page used to grab their attention with the latest news from friends but had become a jumbled morass of random updates and photos. Their attention had increasingly begun to wander to shiny new offerings from Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat. Now Facebook is hoping to get people to stick around with a sweeping face lift to its most popular feature: News Feed, the steady stream of updates that users see when they log on to the social network.