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Facebook’s gaming hub now has an Android app, but only in the Philippines

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

I don't think anyone has ever said, "You know what would be cool? If Facebook made a Twitch competitor." Okay, maybe Mark Zuckerberg said that. Regardless of who's horrible idea it was, Facebook announced its own platform for streaming games back in June, and now there's an Android app for it.

The platform is called Fb.gg, and it serves as a hub for video game streaming on Facebook. It's supposed to recommend streams based on who you follow and the pages you like.

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Facebook's gaming hub now has an Android app, but only in the Philippines was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook Watch, the company’s YouTube competitor, gets released globally

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

A year ago, Facebook launched Watch for its U.S. users, but today, the social media giant announced that Watch is available globally, so everyone can discover new content and interact with each other. This also opens up wider audiences for creators, and gives new ones the ability to join the fray.

So for all of you outside the U.S., Facebook wants to call special attention to some of Watch's features.

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Facebook Watch, the company's YouTube competitor, gets released globally was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google and several other tech companies pushing for a new federal privacy law

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

Online privacy is a touchy subject, with all of us falling on different parts of the how-much-do-I-actually-care spectrum. In general, though, most people seem to understand that the companies whose products we use or rely on daily, like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, are collecting a lot of data on them. The creepiness factor is real, which is why we saw things like the EU's GDPR and California's Consumer Privacy Act appear.

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Google and several other tech companies pushing for a new federal privacy law was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Facebook app finally supports Android’s notification channels

Monday, August 27th, 2018

Since 8.0 Oreo, Android has had what's called notification channels, a way to filter notifications from apps based on the type of activity each notification is alerting you to. Not all apps support the feature, though. Until recently, Facebook — which notifies you when you get a comment, when you're tagged in something, when it's someone's birthday, et cetera — was one such app. Now, though, you can choose only to receive the notifications you care about.

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The Facebook app finally supports Android's notification channels was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook Messenger has finally added an adaptive icon

Monday, August 27th, 2018

Sometimes we report ground-breaking, interesting, and engaging news here on Android Police, but you all know that we don't shy away from the fluff either. And in that vein, we're here today to discuss a small, but very significant(TM) change in the Facebook Messenger app: following Instagram, it now has an adaptive icon too. It only took one year!

Behold the beauty:

Left: Old (v.179) Right: New (v.180)

Seriously though, I'm sure we're all thinking that Facebook could have done a better job than to slap an icon mask around the Messenger logo to make it adaptive, but oh well.

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Facebook Messenger has finally added an adaptive icon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google France shuts down its Google+ page, asks users to follow it on Twitter and Facebook instead

Friday, August 24th, 2018

No social network has been as equally loved and hated as Google+. Those who use it appreciate the tight community and fruitful discussions, those who don't use it see no reason whatsoever to start doing so and deride its many shortfalls. Plus, both the spam propagation and the lack of meaningful development haven't helped its case lately. But nothing has sounded the alarm bells of Google+'s slow demise into pointlessness as much as one of Google's own entities deciding to abandon the platform for good.

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Google France shuts down its Google+ page, asks users to follow it on Twitter and Facebook instead was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook speech recognition software ‘Aloha’ revealed, ‘Portal’ confirmed as name for smart speaker/display

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

After an unsuccessful first attempt at a digital personal assistant inside its Messenger app, Facebook is giving it another go. This time around, the company is focussing its efforts on speech recognition to create a product called Aloha.

This news is unsurprising since Facebook plans to launch its own voice-enabled smart speaker/display named Portal, and now we get our first glimpse of the technology behind it. Thanks to TechCrunch and tipster Jane Manchun Wong, the below demo shows 'Aloha Voice Testing' running inside the Facebook Messenger app.

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Facebook speech recognition software 'Aloha' revealed, 'Portal' confirmed as name for smart speaker/display was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook speech recognition software ‘Aloha’ revealed, ‘Portal’ confirmed as name for smart speaker/display

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

After an unsuccessful first attempt at a digital personal assistant inside its Messenger app, Facebook is giving it another go. This time around, the company is focussing its efforts on speech recognition to create a product called Aloha.

This news is unsurprising since Facebook plans to launch its own voice-enabled smart speaker/display named Portal, and now we get our first glimpse of the technology behind it. Thanks to TechCrunch and tipster Jane Manchun Wong, the below demo shows 'Aloha Voice Testing' running inside the Facebook Messenger app.

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Facebook speech recognition software 'Aloha' revealed, 'Portal' confirmed as name for smart speaker/display was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook Messenger Kids lets children add their own friends — with parental oversight

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Facebook is currently rolling out a new passphrase feature to its Messenger Kids app, allowing children to send and accept friend requests on their own. Before anyone freaks out, it's important to note that both sets of parents still need to approve the connection.

The way it works is that Facebook will generate a random four-letter password for each child. This password is then shown to the other kid who enters it into his or her own app.

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Facebook Messenger Kids lets children add their own friends — with parental oversight was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook wants to make Pages more transparent

Saturday, August 11th, 2018

Like most social networks, Facebook has a fake news problem. The company has been trying to fight misinformation on its platform, and popular Facebook pages are a major source of that. Facebook has announced a series of changes coming to pages, with the goal of improving security and transparency.

"We’re [...] adding a section called People Who Manage This Page," Facebook said, "which will surface the primary country locations Pages are managed from, initially appearing on Pages with a large US audience." Facebook will also now display when a page was merged with another page.

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Facebook wants to make Pages more transparent was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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