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Facebook introduces new location privacy controls for Android

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

Facebook has definitely earned its sour reputation, but the company has been scrambling in the last few months to try to regain some of its users' trust. Today, it announced some new location control settings for Android (and iOS), an update which aims to give people more control over just how much information they share with the social network.

This new setting improves upon the background location – that is, if the app can access your location even when you're not using it – offering a two-step process.

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Facebook introduces new location privacy controls for Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook page admins can now reply to Instagram DMs from FB

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Over the years, Facebook has purchased many successful businesses but has for a large part kept these services separate, at least as far as the public can observe. But now we're slowly starting to see that change, as Facebook Page admins become able to respond to Instagram Direct Messages right from their inbox.

In a press release for the Facebook Communities Summit, the social giant has announced integration that makes it easier for users managing pages to communicate with their followers on the photo-sharing service.

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Facebook page admins can now reply to Instagram DMs from FB was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook adds un-sending to Messenger, embracing the revisionist history it wants so badly

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

In today's world of constantly sending messages on whatever platform you've chosen, you're bound to make a mistake (or several). Whether that's sending something to the wrong person or later regretting that little outburst, there's something to be said for the ability to unsend that message. Now, Facebook is implementing an undo send feature into Messenger.

We heard about this a while ago, but now Facebook is rolling it out starting today.

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Facebook adds un-sending to Messenger, embracing the revisionist history it wants so badly was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

WhatsApp Web adds picture-in-picture video playback for YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook

Monday, January 28th, 2019

A year ago, WhatsApp added picture-in-picture video playback in its iOS app. It wasn't until October that the feature made its way to Android in beta, then a few weeks ago, it rolled out to the stable version of the app. Now, it's making the switch from mobile to desktop, as PIP videos have appeared on WhatsApp Web.

You need v0.3.2041 of the web app to get PIP videos working.

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WhatsApp Web adds picture-in-picture video playback for YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook working on unified, encrypted backend for Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp, also considering cross-platform chat

Friday, January 25th, 2019

According to a report in the New York Times, Facebook is in the early stages of merging the backend of its three popular messaging apps. WhatsApp and Instagram — both acquired by Facebook after independent success — and the separated Messenger app will share the same infrastructure by the end of 2019 or early next year.

To be clear, all three will continue to function as standalone apps, but they will all benefit from the end-to-end encryption already implemented in WhatsApp.

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Facebook working on unified, encrypted backend for Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp, also considering cross-platform chat was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook is retiring Moments, but you can still save your photos

Friday, January 25th, 2019

Back in 2015, Facebook wanted to simplify picture sharing by launching Moments, its own Google Photos rival. The concept was simple: you would upload files from your gallery to privately share them with friends, keeping them separate from your Facebook albums. Despite 50 million downloads on the Play Store alone, the social media giant has decided to kill its app and is urging users to save their photos.

Facebook has updated the app's changelog as well as started emailing users and displaying notifications in the app to warn of its upcoming death.

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Facebook is retiring Moments, but you can still save your photos was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Whatsapp’s message forwarding limit of five chats rolling out globally

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Facebook-owned Whatsapp took action last year after groups in India used the service to spread rumors and misinformation, resulting in mob violence that killed at least 25 people. With more than 1.5 billion active users, misleading content on Whatsapp can spread like wildfire. So, the site started ratcheting up limitations on message forwarding. The stricter version of that restriction is rolling out globally starting today.

Last year, users around the world found they could only forward messages to 20 chats at a time.

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Whatsapp's message forwarding limit of five chats rolling out globally was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Rolling out again] Facebook Messenger’s massive UI redesign is widely rolling out and people aren’t loving it

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

If you weren't among the select few that began seeing Facebook Messenger's massive redesign (otherwise known as Messenger 4) in late September, you should see the changes shortly.

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[Update: Rolling out again] Facebook Messenger's massive UI redesign is widely rolling out and people aren't loving it was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Rolling out again] Facebook Messenger’s massive UI redesign is widely rolling out and people aren’t loving it

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

If you weren't among the select few that began seeing Facebook Messenger's massive redesign (otherwise known as Messenger 4) in late September, you should see the changes shortly.

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[Update: Rolling out again] Facebook Messenger's massive UI redesign is widely rolling out and people aren't loving it was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Screenshots] Facebook Messenger is testing dark mode, but only in some countries

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

Facebook has been experimenting with (and subsequently reverting) changes to its Messenger UI over the last few months. All throughout this testing, the most vocal demand we've seen from our own readers was for a dark mode to better supplement the blinding white design. Now, according to famed social app teardown expert Jane Manchun Wong, Facebook Messenger is finally starting to test a dark mode — but only in some countries, and it's still incomplete. 

We don't know the list of supported countries, so YMMV.

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[Update: Screenshots] Facebook Messenger is testing dark mode, but only in some countries was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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