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App Updates: Chrome Browser, Facebook Beta, Robird and more

This weekend there was all sorts of app updates, but a few in particular have been updated as of last night and this morning worth mentioning. Of course, there's far too many apps to keep track of, but a few important apps were updated and we figured a shout out was in order for things like the Facebook Beta, and our favorite Twitter app.

Facebook Beta removes legacy menu button, now lets you save photos

It's about time! Late last night Facebook issued an update to their recently announced app beta channel, and it brought some features and changes we've been waiting far too long for. The new Facebook Beta v3.5 finally removes the huge black bar and legacy menu button for smartphones that don't have a hardware menu button. Thanks Facebook, many HTC owners will be happy to see this.

Facebook Home updated with folders, widgets coming next

Facebook is busy pushing another round of updates out today for their standard app, as well as the somewhat useful Facebook Home launcher. The update for Home will bring the option for users to enjoy folders for their apps. Which can then be used in the app tray, or on the newly added dock so we can access apps and such like a smartphone should, instead of being merely a social networking device.

Facebook Beta for Android updated with bug fixes galore

On June 27, we reported that the social network had announced the Facebook beta for Android app, which promised to be a (sorely needed) improvement offering better performance and other such statements we've heard before. It has been about a week, and an update for the beta app was just rolled out featuring a host of bug fixes while retaining the same version number.

Facebook Home gets an update, no tablet version in sight

Facebook has begun pushing out another update to their Facebook Home replacement launcher today, but so far we have no clue as to what actually changed. This isn't the first update, but most new features have arrived through the official Facebook app, not the Home app itself. It still says version 1.0 in the Play Store, and there is no changelog. So your guess is as good as ours.

Facebook hashtags rolling out to mobile, no word on Android app

A few weeks ago the folks from 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+ turns 2, looking all grown up

Even though it feels like just last month that 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 Beta for Android promises a better, faster app

The 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.

AT&T HTC First: when an inventory sellout may not equal instant success

The 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.