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Facebook promises to declutter Messenger app in 2018

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Facebook caught some heat for pushing people to use the Messenger app a few years back, but that may actually have been a kindness. Messenger was a much better app than the main Facebook client. Although, over time Messenger has become rather bloated and clunky in its own right. The head of Messenger now admits the app is too cluttered, and changes are on the way.

Facebook's plans for Messenger in the coming year are detailed in a new post by Messenger chief David Marcus.

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Facebook promises to declutter Messenger app in 2018 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Hands-on] Facebook Messenger Kids comes to Amazon’s Fire tablets

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

Facebook has released its new Messenger Kids app to the Amazon App Store, making the service available to owners of its Fire line of tablets. So I grabbed one of the Fire 7 tablets we have for our kids and installed the app to see what it was all about, and just how well it works on Amazon's lowest-end hardware.

Because here's the thing: These tablets are slow. Really, really slow.

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[Hands-on] Facebook Messenger Kids comes to Amazon's Fire tablets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook is changing the news feed to bring you closer to the people you actually know in real life

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Particularly for those who were around from the start, usage of Facebook might have waned in recent years. Considering it was originally intended to bring you closer to your friends and family, things are a bit different nowadays. Scroll through your news feed today and you'll likely find a mixture of memes, recipe videos, and adverts (in my case, anyway, but that will depend on what you like/follow), with just a smattering of posts from people you know IRL.

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Facebook is changing the news feed to bring you closer to the people you actually know in real life was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

In VR news: HTC announces VIVE PRO and wireless adapter, Oculus and Xiaomi introduce Oculus Go and Mi VR Standalone

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Many companies are still trying to make VR happen, though it feels like those couple of years when 3D TVs were being pushed and then completely disappeared. If you ask me, there's merit to the immersive experience of VR in certain situations, but the wider and easier adoption will be for AR when it's commoditized. But I digress. We've been keeping an eye on HTC's VIVE and Oculus for a while, even though they're not technically related to Android, but for the sake of information here are the two companies' CES 2018 news.

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In VR news: HTC announces VIVE PRO and wireless adapter, Oculus and Xiaomi introduce Oculus Go and Mi VR Standalone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s Head of Product for Allo and Duo moves to Facebook

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Amit Fulay served as a Product Manager at Google since 2010, most recently as Head of Product for Real-Time Communications. In other words, he was the head of Allo, Duo, WebRTC, and other projects within the company. Fulay announced on Twitter today that he has left Google, and now works at Facebook.

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Google's Head of Product for Allo and Duo moves to Facebook was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook will use facial recognition technology to alert you when you show up in someone’s photo

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Everyone has a camera in their pocket now, and they all have places to pose those photos on the internet. If you're a little sensitive about how often you show up in pics on the internet, Facebook has a new privacy tool that may interest you. Using facial recognition technology, Facebook can alert you to any photos in which you're visible regardless of whether or not you've been tagged.

Soon, the Facebook app will have an opt-in toggle for the facial recognition alert.

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Facebook will use facial recognition technology to alert you when you show up in someone's photo was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook’s Messenger Lite app hits the 100 million installs milestone

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Many who've used Facebook's main or messaging apps over the years will be acutely aware of how resource and data-hungry they can be. Messenger Lite was a welcome addition when it was released on the Play Store back in October 2016, as it promised to solve both of those issues. The only problem at the time was that it was only launched in emerging markets.

Facebook expanded the app's reach to most of the globe, before eventually giving in and releasing it in the US and UK just a couple of months ago.

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Facebook's Messenger Lite app hits the 100 million installs milestone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook announces Snooze feature to give you a break from certain people

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Facebook may have saved many a friendship when it first introduced the "unfollow" feature, wherein a user can tune someone out completely without the drastic step of unfriending them. But there may be times when you just need a break from someone in your network, but you don't necessarily want to ignore them forever. Facebook hopes to address this need with its newly announced feature, Snooze, coming within the next few days.

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Facebook announces Snooze feature to give you a break from certain people was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook Messenger now lets you share photos at 4K resolution

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Until now, the default resolution for images sent and received on Facebook Messenger was 2K. That's just over 2 megapixels, and anything higher you tried to send someone would be compressed by Messenger before sending. Facebook has just quadrupled the default image size up to 4K (over 8MP) so you can now send photos of much higher quality to friends and family.

If you wanted to send an image at a decent resolution before now, you would have had to use a photo link or send in an email, as most messaging service heavily compress your images.

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Facebook Messenger now lets you share photos at 4K resolution was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook joins Alliance for Open Media board as founding member

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Like any organization set up by the Joint Development Foundation, the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia) is a group of companies set up to collaborate on the introduction of a technological standard. In the case of AOMedia, its purpose is specifically to accelerate the development and adoption of a new video compression codec called AV1.

The open-source standard intends to deliver consistent, high-quality video that's scalable and optimized for internet delivery. Interoperability is a key concern, and so far big players in the tech industry have signed on as board members, including Amazon, ARM, Cisco, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, Netflix, and NVIDIA.

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Facebook joins Alliance for Open Media board as founding member was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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