Facebook Launches Moments App to Google Play, Private Photo Sharing Made Easy

Facebook launched another standalone app this morning, called Moments, which allows private sharing of photos between friends or groups of specific people. This app can be used in a few cases, but most notably, if you and your group of friends do something together, now only the best photographer of the bunch needs to worry about snapping shots. At the end of the day, all you need to do is select which photos to share privately, choose who to share with, then you are done.  (more…)

Facebook Messenger Gets Video Calling

Video calling is now a part of Facebook Messenger, the social giant announced this morning. Available on both Android and iOS today in Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the UK, the US and Uruguay, you can call someone via video with the touch of a video icon at the top of your conversations.

Once you have the latest update, which again, should be out today, you should see a video icon at the top of your individual conversations that lets you know if the person on the other end is ready to take a call. Calls can also be made between Android and iOS devices.  (more…)

Facebook Introduces “Hello,” a Dialer App for Android

Facebook just announced a new app that might replace your current dialer, called Hello. At least, that’s what they want you to do with it bv selling you on its features, which include call blocking, people and place searching, and a caller ID-like functionality that shows you who is calling even if you don’t have the number saved to your phone.

With incoming calls, Facebook can show you information that is being shared via profiles on Facebook, at least that’s my understanding. Chances are that people calling will be sharing some form of information, so this could be a pretty solid and free see-who-is-calling option. With people and places searching, the listings show you numbers, if the person/place has free calling through Messenger, and give you quick access to directions. As for call blocking, a simple button press allows you to block unwanted solicitors.  (more…)

More GIFs Please: Facebook Intros Entire App Store Just for Messenger

Facebook is going all-in on Messenger. Today at its F8 developer conference, the company introduced an entire platform for developers to create standalone applications that integrate with Messenger.

Created to help people enhance their Messenger experience with images, GIFs, and videos, developers will upload these apps to a dedicated Messenger store. From there, users will be able to install these additional “experience enhancing” applications, then enjoy them with friends.  (more…)

Facebook Introduces Payments in Messenger, Available in “Coming Months”

Facebook introduced a new feature for Messenger users this morning – the ability for you to pay friends directly through the messaging service. Say your friend needs you to pay him/her back for the lunch they bought you yesterday. Once the service is available, you can link up a Visa or MasterCard to your account and quickly pay them back.  (more…)

Hootsuite Receives Large Update, Brings Material Design and Instant Sync With Desktop Client

A large update is rolling out to users of Hootsuite, bringing a fancy new look on top of newly incorporated features. The developers of Hootsuite have worked in Material Design, allowing for a more “consistent and unified Android experience for users.” In addition, Material Design makes the app quicker to navigate and easier to use, according to Hootsuite.  (more…)