Posts Tagged ‘Facebook’

Facebook buys Instagram

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Mobile news presents… The giant social networking site finally closed the $1 billion deal with Instagram on April 9. It has shaken the technology world after it officially announcement.

Facebook confirmed that it will buy the 2-year old photo-sharing app Instagram for $1 billion. The company promised that Instagram will still allow users to share photos to other social networking site.

“For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.” Mark Zuckerberg said, Facebook CEO.

Analysts said that Facebook does a great deal to purchasing the photo-sharing app Instagram. It is a good strategy in competing against its competitor. Michael Fauscette said that Facebook will definitely benefit from the app from sharing photos and editing on mobile as well as on desktops.

The purchasing of Instgram by Facebook is a good start up for the two young Stanford University graduates Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom who founded Instagram. Krieger is a native Brazilian who have been struggling in setting his residency in US permanently.

Accoding to Zackerberg that Facebook was attracted to Instgram’s fast increase of Android users just a month after its release. In fact, there are over 7.3 million Instagram regular users already who have been sharing photos on Facebook.

“I think Facebook recognized that we don’t want a middleman doing a better job at what is our core competency,” Michael Pachter said, an equity analyst with Wedbush Securities.

Observers suggest that Facebook’s purpose in purchasing the app is to increase their revenue as marketing becomes increasing in mobile, social and visual.

“I think it’s a recognition that images are a hugely important new trend. It wasn’t that many years ago that taking pictures was something you did on vacation, or on your birthday. Today people take pictures every moment of their lives, and are sharing them with their friends.” Bob Lisbonne said, Mountain View-based Luminate CEO.

However, Zuckerberg said that Facebook will still allow them to post photos on other social networking site including their arch competitor Twitter. They will still have their independence, he added.

Mobile News | More Mobile App Developers Think Google+ Could Catch Up Facebook

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Three surveys revealed that almost 66% of mobile app developers believe that Google+ could equal or even surpass the popularity of Facebook.

Majority of respondents prefer Google+ because of the company’s wide range of assets including search, YouTube, Gmail and Android. They think that those assets can create a powerful network effect with Google+.

The two surveys were conducted by Appcelerator and research firm IDC in 2011 and followed in January 2012 with over 2,100 respondents.

Facebook is currently enjoying huge lead over Google+ with 900 million users. According to the surveys, Facebook is highly expected to be vastly more important to social strategies than Google but mobile app developers see the other thing. These developers consider the potential significant impacts to how social plays out in the mobile space, especially for the next billion social users.

In the latest survey, 39% of developers said that Google’s assets such as Android and search are more important to them than the social graph of Facebook.

According to Wikipedia, social graph has been described as the global mapping of everybody and how they’re related. The new survey revealed that most of the mobile developers simply do not understand the social graph of Facebook and are finding difficult to leverage it in their app development.

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Mobile News: Facebook Privacy over Accessing From Phones or Tablets

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Facebook announced that its top priority is to give security to its users particularly in their privacy. With the growing access of applications using smartphones and tablets, Facebook expresses its concern over security problems as more people access the service from an application on their phones or tablets.

Many of Facebook’s secrets are required to disclose in an initial-public-offering filling. In its document submitted, the company submitted list of potential risk, detailed financial reports and latest statistics on its growth. Facebook declared a total of 845 million regular users as of the end of 2011.

The document submitted was more optimistic towards possible challenges but Facebook indicated its concerns over mishandling of user information. The document filed has line saying if Facebook improperly discloses personal data or if it is access by hackers, its reputation is expected to threaten.

The company further notes that if users become concerned with their privacy on the site, it expects to get hit badly as Facebook usage will be affected. Facebook stressed that adopting policies or procedures related to sharing or user data that negatively perceived by their users or the general public must be avoided.

Facebook received many petitions from its users to change its design and feature related to privacy such as publishing user’s purchases from online retailers and News Feed which surfaced more data from other parts of the site.

Media analyst at tech consulting firm Altimeter Group, Rebecca Lieb, said that Facebook has long been avoiding the privacy issues and Zuckerberg doesn’t care about it.

There is a possibility that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg failed to adapt the increased usage of mobile to access what formerly possible only to desktop and laptop computers. While Facebook’s apps are dominant on major mobile platforms, the company does not earn income from them because they do not show advertisements.

In Facebook’s IPO document filing, the company considers the growth in usage from phones and tablets in place of computers as risk. So, experts interpreted the line that it is fine for the company that users would use their phones as long as they are visiting the site as often as what they do from PCs.

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Top 10 apps for Google’s Android supported smartphones and tablets |Mobile apps News

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Mobile news presents… Google’s Android OS has been the undisputed operating system in the smartphone market while it ranks no. 2 on tablets.

As the giant continues to expand, Android apps have been the source of its success and its fast increase has amazed experts. We have seen last year that Google’s Android OS outcast iOS, Symbian, BlackBerry OS and even Windows Phone. According to a report that Google had acquired 52 percent of smartphone users who use Android OS while 17 percent goes to Symbian and followed by iOS of 15 percent.

As Android users increase, the demand of Android apps also increases. What makes it to a prompt increase? It’s because most of the application on the Android market are free! There are many developers who create apps for different demands.

So here are the top 10 apps that are useful or may be important for individual.

• Astro File Manager
Astro File Manager allows you to manage your file, browse your file and even arrange your file. The apps allows you to cut, copy and paste files, rename the file if you want and you can also compress your file and attach it on email – just like what you do on your desktop. The apps is free, but proceeding to the premium version requires $4.00.

• Gtask Task Manager
The application syncs your desktop Google Tasks that allows you to access Gmail and Google Calendar’s web version. This app is installed in every smartphones that run Google’s Android.

• Google Music
If Apple has its own iTunes, well, Google has its own Google Music also! The application allows you to search your favourite artist’s songs and play it through streaming online. More than 20, 000 songs are available – that makes sense to save phone storage space, why? You don’t have to save music files to your phone, but rather listen to Google Music.

• Seesmic
It is an app that allows you to post and manage your Tweeter account. Seesmic is better than Tweeter for Android. It has home widget that shows latest tweets and was designed well that makes it more professional.

• Facebook for Android
Everybody loves Facebook! The application allows you to manage and modify your account just likely to be on desktop that keeps you on the go. Inbox support was updated to the application that allows user to communicate in almost a real time. The app is good enough, fast and stable – the design will let you reminisce of you first time of using Facebook.

• Google Wallet
This app is most convenient to those people who are afraid to bring cash or even reluctant to bring some money. Google now offers an application that allows a user to carry an electronic wallet without the use of real money. This will allow you to pay your bills through the use of Google Wallet that is installed in your smartphone.

• BeyondPod
This app achieved great reviews from people who have been using BeyondPod. The application will let you manage your audio and video podcast subscription. BeyondPod will equip with your Android’s music player after installing. The application is free; proceeding to the premium version will require $7.00 payment.

• TweetDeck
The application will allow you to post on different social networking site in just one click. The features include Facebook and Tweeter. The application works with a presenting timeline, DMs and replies that were separated on the panel.

• Google Reader
The application gives an additional function to your surfing purposes. It works with the support of multiple Google accounts and plenty of thread customisation options.

• SnapTax
SnapTax will help you manage your tax payment and provides you an image of your W-2. The information will then be sent to receive your tax returns. This app is suitable for those people who want their tax process infallible and the app is free! When using the app, it requires $19.99 for filing the tax details.

Again, as the population of Android users continues to increase, the demand of Android application also increases. These top 10 useful or may be important application may serve a guide on what to download for your Google’s Android supported smartphone.

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