Friday 16 November 2012

Facebook to add share feature in iOS, Android apps

With the iOS and Android versions of Facebook, one could practically do as much as its desktop counterpart. In a bid to improve the mobile versions of the social networking service, Facebook has informed TechCrunch that the ‘Share’ button will be rolled out to the mobile site, and will come soon to the Android and iOS apps.

The report states that this feature will allow people to share links and photos posted by others or even a Sponsored Story ad and quickly repost it with the option of adding a comment. This will work a lot like its desktop counterpart.

The report states, “Facebook has always been about personal updates, not blindly passing on links, but it could start looking a lot like Twitter soon. Inside Facebook reported the mobile site button was a test, but when I asked Facebook, the company confirmed this is not a test and all mobile site and app users will have it soon.”

Facebook recently rolled out an update to its iOS app, and with it came a range of new features that made it easier to chat and share multiple photos, among other things. Facebook has provided a detailed changelog, and this helps users identify the new features they can expect with the update. Along with the update, Facebook has also thrown in various Instagram-like photo filters allowing a user to get creative with photographs before uploading it.

This year in April, Facebook bought Instagram in a high-profile acquisition for around $1 billion in cash and stock. It appears that Facebook is keeping Instagram as a standalone application, along with utilising its features in its dedicated iOS app. This would make it a lot easier and more importantly quicker for users to upload pictures on Facebook with filters instead of going through another app and uploading it from there.

This also gives users who do not have Instagram or any other photo editing app to get creative with images before uploading it to their Timeline or a photo album.

Apart from this hidden feature, the Facebook update also features options such as the ability to swipe left anywhere in the app to quickly see who's available and send a message, add friends you message most to the top of your Favorites, share multiple photos fast and When sending messages, see who's active so you and your friends know how soon to expect a reply.

In recent news, Facebook has been pushing to make its privacy settings easier to understand and use. According to an announcement by the social networking giant, those signing up for a new account on Facebook will be greeted by a detailed description of how the privacy settings work.

Through the new feature, users will learn about default settings, selecting an audience for information shared on Timeline, access to their data, how they interact with applications, games and websites, how ads work on the site, tagging people and things, and finding friends on Facebook through search and contact importers.

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