Facebook updates Android app, adds new shortcuts to take over more of users’ homescreens
Facebook released an update for its Android app on Friday that includes additional messaging features and a shortcut to encourage users to take and post photos with Facebook.
After downloading Facebook for Android 1.9, users will have two new icons on their homescreen — Messenger and Camera — in addition to the icon for the main app. This seems to be a strategic move by Facebook to maintain relevance on Android. By owning the mobile operating system, Google can integrate its Google+ social networking features into users’ phones in direct ways Facebook can’t. For example, photos and videos from an Android phone are automatically uploaded to a user’s private album on Google+.
Facebook, which thrives on photo sharing, has responded with a camera shortcut. With one tap, Android users will be able to pull up Facebook’s camera feature to take a photo or video to share with friends on the site. After capturing a moment, users tag their friends and location, in addition to adding a caption and managing privacy settings.
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