Facebook made a big move to finally add the popular hashtag option to their social network. Made popular (and extremely useful) by Twitter, we now finally have clickable #hashtags on Facebook. While the inclusion was nice, we still weren't able to enjoy the feature on mobile. With millions of users enjoying Facebook on mobile daily, this only made sense, and as of Thursday the feature is rolling out to all devices.
Google+ launched, today it turned two years old. It's hard to believe, we know, but the social network is starting to look all grown up. Two years ago we met Google's second attempt at a social network, and it has continued to increase in popularity, features, and additions to what we see and enjoy today.
Facebook app surely has its fair share of issues, and has been something of discussion for a long time in the Android world. With the new Facebook Home, their app was improved significantly, but it looks like Facebook isn't done with the improvements yet. They've just announced a Facebook Beta for Android. One that promises a faster, smoother, better performing app, but we've heard that before.
HTC First has been an interesting handset to watch. The handset originally launched with a $99 price point that was quickly slashed to under a buck. When AT&T dropped the price to $0.99 (on a two-year agreement) that brought speculation about how things were going downhill for the handset. The carrier maintained the price drop was for a sale, however an end date has still not been announced.
Facebook looks to be working on a mobile news reader. The details have yet to be fully revealed, however the app is currently known as Facebook Reader and while it may share a similar name -- this app doesn't have anything to do with the upcoming shutdown of Google Reader. According to details coming from a recent WSJ report, the Facebook Reader app is said to have been in development for more than a year at this point.
Instagram and their new owners Facebook, announced an all-new and improved version 4.0 with video. The main changes here were to combat the newly popular Vine video sharing brought to us from Twitter. Now that we've had a full day to enjoy the new Instagram with video, we wanted to share 5 reasons why it's better than Vine. Well, on Android at least.
Facebook had an event yesterday and the focus was on Instagram. We suspect most have managed to see the news, but just in case, Instagram users can now record short videos in addition to capturing images. And similar to what Instagram users have with the images, the videos have 13 filters available.
Video for Instagram at an event earlier this morning and as was expected, the updated app has since come available in the Google Play Store. Based on the earlier announcement, this new feature looks like it will be a good option for those who had been digging Vine, but were already an Instagram user.
Facebook's own Mark Zuckerberg took the stage to announce what they've been calling a "new product" for the past few days. We've been wondering and reporting on rumors, but can now confirm exactly what they've been working on. Updates to Instagram! Facebook has just announced they'll be one-upping Vine with their own 15 second video clips for Instagram. Get ready for those short clips covered in more Instagram filters folks.