Social Networking

Google+ Widget Included with Google+ App, Pretty Sweet

It's becoming quite clear that the folks who designed the user interface for Google+ are quite brilliant. One of those people was Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original designers of the first Mac, so I'd hope so. One of the lesser-realized elements in the mobile app portion of the Google+ is the widget, a rather simple and super lovely looking 1x4 widget that sits on your desktop and gives you direct access to a share screen, your camera, your gallery for sharing already taken photos, or straight up entry into the Google+ application.

Get Your Google+ Invite from AndroidCommunity!

Google just launched their new social networking plan and they are calling it Google+. With the million of Android owners and Gmail users and the rest of the population using some sort of product of Google, they seem to be in a good spot right about now. Google has already developed a great mobile application for Android and an iOS version is on the way, then the rest is done all via the web. Get your Google+ invite and start sharing thoughts or pictures with all your friends and family just like on any other platform. For now Invitations are closed and the program is in Beta, but once they start allowing invites again we'll take care of you.

Google+ Mobile App Hands-On and Review [BETA]

What we've got going here is the official Google+ app, made public yesterday along with Beta invites to the program, us here on Android Community amongst the lucky to have been granted access to the program because we just love sharing everything we know about Android with the whole community. Know what I'm saying? Therefor let's have a look: an app which opens up to a screen of five shortcuts to functionality beyond our wildest social dreams. This screen has the ability to be pulled up or down, this leading us to believe that there's much more to come in the near future. Let's dive in!

Viewdle SocialCamera auto-tags friends for easy Facebooking [Video]

Social networking integration is one of those elements that pushes Android ahead of the pack when it comes to smartphones, and Viewdle reckons it can make things even better with its new app, SocialCamera. A free photo app, SocialCamera allows you to instantly share images with Facebook, Twitter and other networks, using a carousel of shortcuts. It's actually the auto-tagging which is more interesting, however. After you've given SocialCamera an initial lesson as to who your friends are, subsequent shots are auto-tagged with their identity. The video below explains it more thoroughly, or you can just download and try it yourself. Viewdle SocialCamera is a free download from the Android Market. [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/22869441[/vimeo] [gallery] [via TechCrunch]

Motoblur gets an update

There's a new MotoBlur UI coming to Motorola Android Phones. Some phones, like the Atrix 4G will receive the new UI through an update, while others will have it shipped on device later this year. Many of the upgraded features include enhanced photo-sharing and media syncing and location based social interaction.

HTC adding Facebook button to social networking phone?

HTC is reportedly readying a new Android smartphone with in-depth Facebook integration, expected to make its debut at MWC 2011 next Tuesday. According to the FT's sources, the unnamed smartphone will not be Facebook branded, but will instead have a dedicated Facebook button to act as a shortcut to the social network's services. The rumor follows talk yesterday of an INQ Facebook device, though HTC isn't confirming any of the speculation at this stage. Android Community will be on hand at the HTC press conference next week, so whatever Facebook-flavored loveliness is announced, you know you'll see it here. [via SlashGear]

Facebook for Android Updated, Added Deal Support

Facebook for Android has received a small update last night. Bringing it up to v1.5.1, now you can get access to Facebook Deals from within the application. Deal support will allow you to get free offers, savings, and special deals from nearby businesses.

FourSquare gets 2.0 Update for Android Devices

Foursquare, the popular check-in based social networking app, has just been updated to 2.0 bringing in an array of new features. Among them is a newer, simplified UI. The new Foursquare app is geared directly towards collecting and communicating your real-world experiences. One change is the Tips and To-Do sections have now been split and access is easier for both ultimately making it easier for you to add Tips and To-Do’s. There also is a new “Add to My Foursquare” button that can be embedded on websites. If you see something online that you would like to do sometime, you can click the button and it will be added to your mobile To-Do list. The update is available now, for free, in the android market. QR code below: [caption id="attachment_14304" align="aligncenter" width="150" caption="Foursquare 2.0 Download"][/caption] [Via Foursquare Blog]

Facebook for Android updated

The Android Facebook app hasn't exactly proved inspiring in comparison to the company's iPhone version, but there are signs that the company is waking up to the popularity of the Google platform.  Overnight the app has been updated, with more in-app functionality rather than kicking users out to the mobile website version in the Android browser. That functionality includes video playback, the ability to view and RSVP for events, respond to friend requests without leaving the app, and an updated home page; the latter gets a draggable notifications drawer, a photo reel for easy viewing of friends' photos and videos, and the ability to post a status update or search for friends with just one click.  Facebook for Android is available in the Android Market. [gallery]
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