Posts tagged with: facebook
  • by | April 13, 2013 4:36 AM

    Facebook Home has been released yesterday and initial reactions are mixed, depending on how you use your phone, how social you are, and how interesting the content your friends are posting. Regardless of what you hear online, this is as subjective as it gets, so we strongly encourage you to try it out yourself before making a judgement and drawing a conclusion. Sadly, Facebook Home is limited to both some regions and some devices. We'll show you how to make it work in any region, regardless of where you are located, and on any device (hopefully). We got it working on a Google Nexus 7 and a ...

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  • by | April 12, 2013 2:41 PM

    A couple hours back, we told you about the Chat Heads from Facebook Home showing up in the new update for Facebook Messenger for Android. That was a pretty nice feature to see arrive in this manner, but as we poked around the Play Store getting the details on the update, we couldn't help but notice that Facebook Home itself was still nowhere to be found – despite this being April 12, the date when the app was to become available for installation on a select handful of existing Android phones. Well, it turns out all we needed was a little patience, and now Facebook Home has finally ...

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  • by | April 12, 2013 2:18 PM

    I've been using Facebook's new Chat Heads feature on my HTC One for a grand total of two hours. In that time, I've become convinced that the concept behind it is bigger than Facebook Home, Facebook Messenger, and could become bigger than even Facebook itself - at least insofar as it relates to smartphone UI design. The quick rundown for those not yet indoctrinated into the new club of bubble-tappers: Chat Heads are floating overlays on your smartphone's home screen. They're circular icons containing avatars of friends you're currently talking to via Facebook Messenger, and they can be ...

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  • by | April 12, 2013 12:24 PM

    Facebook Home arrives today (for those of you with supported devices), but even if you've got other hardware, or maybe just aren't ready to take the leap to that fully immersive Facebook experience, one of the software's main features is coming to another Facebook product; a new update out today for Facebook Messenger brings Chat Heads to the Android app. Just like with Facebook Home, the Chat Heads in Messenger will show your friends' pictures in little movable circles, which can follow you around your Android phone. That means that you'll be able to keep on talking with friends as you ...

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  • by | April 10, 2013 7:08 PM

    Stuff comes up, folks. Sometimes you've got a pressing appointment in Romania, or a meeting scheduled in Media, PA. Sometimes you're at the day job, other times you're off the grid somewhere in the country. Other times you're buying a car. These things happen. Fortunately for us, these things don't usually happen all at once, which means the Pocketnow Weekly podcast usually features more than two people on the air. But today, listeners, Lady Luck was not with us. Today, Sam the Scheduler was out sick, because every member of the Pocketnow team was otherwise engaged when it came time to ...

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  • by | April 10, 2013 7:00 AM

    Last week, when Facebook announced Facebook Home, they went out of their way to address two rumors that have been floating in the Facebook soup for some years now: Facebook is going to make a phone. Facebook is going to make a fork of Android Instead, they basically created their own skin of Android, running on top of whatever flavor of Android happens to be running on your GSIV, One, or what-have-you. Mark Zuckerberg’s reasoning for this was as follows: We want to bring this experience of having a home, of always knowing what's going on around you, right to your phone. And we want to ...

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  • by | April 9, 2013 7:00 AM

    Facebook bored shocked the world by announcing their new app experience for Android phones last week. Speculation abounded that Facebook would announce a new phone, a fork of Android's operating system (think Amazon Kindle, but with a "like" button) or less impressively, an updated app. What we got was a little bit of all three. Putting aside the HTC First, which is by the way what most customers should do, Facebook made a pretty ambitious announcement. Instead of an Android fork, and instead of an updated Facebook app, we got something that lies in the middle. Facebook Home is a new Lock ...

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  • by | April 8, 2013 7:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how Facebook Home got leaked, tested and shown-off. Then we go through two Nokia Lumia 928 rumors, which sadly don't match the Catwalk project. Later we talk about the Samsung S Orb Camera software project, which doesn't seem that groundbreaking now that we get some leaks. Later it's Google Play Store leaks and Babel Chat services for Google in the near future. We end today's show talking about the possibility of Google buying the Whatsapp messenger service. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Facebook Home Leaks, Allows An Early ...

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  • by | April 5, 2013 7:54 PM

    Facebook's most valuable resource is your information. The data it gathers on you as you check out your friends' walls or post photos ultimately allows it to create a highly detailed demographic profile and serve you the most relevant ads. That already had some users a little on-edge about the social network, but with Home really stepping-up the sort of exposure you could have to Facebook, some of you have become a bit more trepidatious. In order to address some of your concerns, Facebook has put together a little FAQ about Home and its privacy implications. The short story is that ...

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  • by | April 4, 2013 7:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how Google is ditching Webkit for their own Blink in the Chrome browser, and even Samsung is doing something similar by partnering with Mozilla. Then we talk Samsung again as their new US retail experience begins this month on Best Buy. We later talk some Nokia and the possibility of the Catwalk being launched on May 15th. Later we find some leaked images of a possible iPhone prototype with a curved display and curved back. We end today's show talking about the Facebook Home Android Launcher, and also about the new HTC First which will be the ...

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  • by | April 4, 2013 1:22 PM

    All week, we've been wondering about Facebook's Android event today. Would it just be about software? Would we see the rumored Facebook phone? Leaks over the past few days have suggested a mix of both, revealing the HTC First and some glimpses at Facebook Home software. Today Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage to set the record straight, formally announcing Facebook Home for Android. Zuckerberg makes it clear that this isn't about new hardware, or new operating systems, but also "building something that’s a whole lot deeper than just an app." Facebook Home will sit between the OS and the ...

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  • by | April 4, 2013 12:50 PM

    Sometimes you just have to schedule a podcast a few hours before a major news event, and as a result you've got to scramble to come up with some valid-sounding speculation about just how useful a Facebook Phone could really be. It's not like we haven't tossed this notion around before, but doing it on the air, off-the-cuff, imbues our lives with a certain energy, a certain je ne sais quoi, if you will. Or even if you won't. Whatever; we have a good time riffing. You'll listen and like it! Ahem. All that, plus some chat on just how big a copycat LG's Optimus G Pro is - and how well it does ...

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  • by | April 2, 2013 5:22 PM

    What, oh what, is this weird-looking smartphone? The image above, identified as the HTC First, leaked on Twitter this afternoon. Right away, our eyes are drawn to the unusual assortment of capacitive buttons, which neither appear to match known Android nor Windows Phone designs. So, what platform does the HTC First run? Some speculation is already pointing to the possibility that this could be the name by which the HTC Myst – the purported new Facebook phone – arrives. A tale of a leaked Myst ROM has revealed that Facebook has some grand schemes for its integration withing Android, ...

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  • by | April 1, 2013 7:00 PM

    Rumors of the Facebook phone have been circling off and on for years now. A new rumor would surface and Facebook would publicly shoot the rumor down. Rinse. Recycle. Repeat. Then along came the HTC Salsa and ChaCha with Facebook share buttons in tow, yet Facebook never publicly declared the Salsa or ChaCha official Facebook phones. Last week, following an unexpected invitation to a Facebook event where the company invited us to see its "New Home on Android", the rumors picked back up. "Could this finally be the Facebook phone?" It crossed everyone's mind. Alas, as the information ...

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  • by | April 1, 2013 6:49 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about all the Facebook Android rumors, since we no longer know if it should be called a phone. Then we go through the leaked BlackBerry roadmap, and some really interesting strategies coming in the future. Microsoft is next as we talk about Windows RT and its merger with Windows 8. Then it's Windows Phone news as it has gained some positive market share in the last couple of months. We end today's show talking about the AT&T HTC One, which sadly will retain exclusivity over the 64GB model in the US. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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