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Facebook beta updated to remove legacy menu button, changelog remains the same

The button is gone, but the philosophy behind its existence up until now remains Those of us who have hopped on the Facebook beta testers group have received a visually-important update to today which removes the legacy menu button. This marks the final disappearance of one of the most annoying...
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Facebook app gets an update, features from beta brought to build 3.4

If you decided to not join the beta track for Facebook's Android app, you have an update ready and waiting Folks using the release build of Facebook for Android have an update this evening, bringing all the features from the last beta to the current stable version (that'd be 3.4). The biggest...
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Facebook sharing your phone number sucks, but you gave it to them willingly

When you willingly give your data away, you lose control of where it goes once it's no longer in your hands Last week we told you about a bug on Facebook, where the popular social network ended up sharing some personal information with your friends. There's some more talk about it again today,...
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Facebook introduces Android app beta testing via Google Groups

Proper beta testing with a feedback network to help squash bugs and improve performance Facebook has had a rocky past of questionable app quality and a couple instances of side-stepping Play Store guidelines for updates, but the social network is hoping to correct some of those issues today by...
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Facebook bug improperly revealed some personal information to 'friends'

Approximately 6 million users affected; no evidence of malicious exploits of the bug Facebook's security team made a post today to let users know of a bug that was discovered and fixed that has revealed some user's contact information to "friends" they did not intend to share with. The bug,...
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From the mail bag: How do I clear default applications?

Ryan writes, I need to know how to change the default option for choosing photos under Facebook Messenger. The current option is File Expert and I do not know how to change it back to gallery. I need help with this. One of Android's best features is the ability to choose default apps -- but how...
HTC First

Confirmed: Facebook holding off HTC First UK launch

'Facebook phone' skipping British release, EE spokesperson confirms It looks like the HTC First might never see the light of day in the UK, as a spokesperson for carrier partner EE has confirmed to Android Central that Facebook is holding off plans to bring the handset to British shores. "...
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Evernote, Twitter and Facebook apps for Google Glass announced

Major players get official apps for Google's smart glasses Following the start of this year's Google I/O developer conference, Evernote, Twitter and Facebook have announced official apps for Google Glass. If you're among the lucky few people packing "explorer edition" Glass devices, you can turn...
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Facebook open-sources its 'Buck' Android build tool

Developers can now benefit from Facebook's trial and error building Android apps Following lots of development time creating a new Android build tool to aid in development of its own Android apps, Facebook has decided to open-source it for other developers to use. Developed at a hack-a-thon last...
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Facebook quietly adds Facebook Home support (and unofficial support) for Galaxy S4, HTC One, others

New persistent notifications also part of undocumented update Facebook -- facing increasing negative reaction to its Facebook Home launcher as AT&T (at least temporarily) dropped the price of the HTC First to a mere 99 cents -- has silently added support for the HTC One as well as unofficial...
HTC First

AT&T's HTC First down to 99 cents on contract for a limited time

'Facebook Phone' currently selling for next to nothing on 2-year plan If you've been tempted to pick up the Facebook-centric HTC First on AT&T, the carrier's hoping a temporary price drop might push you over the edge. The First, which runs the social network's Facebook Home software atop...
HTC First

Using the HTC First without Facebook Home

Just a few taps in the settings turns the First into an entirely new device When we reviewed the HTC First, we found the hardware and performance to be decidedly top-notch considering its pricing and placement in AT&T's lineup. For $100 on-contract -- or $449 off -- you could have a phone...
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HTC First review

Is it just reference hardware for Facebook Home, or a true candidate for your next smartphone purchase? There are few things in the mobile industry that have been constant over the last few years, but one that has is the rumor of a mythical "Facebook Phone." The idea of a phone that could only...
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Google: If you distribute your app through Google Play, you'll update it through Google Play

Facebook had been confusing users with unsolicited 'beta' updates outside the app store Google recently changed its Google Play Developer Program Policies to prevent applications from using Google's app store and then going off the reservation for updates.  The change likely is in direct...
Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger gets official sticker support

Previously hidden, stickers are now accessible using an actual button Sending stickers in Facebook Messenger was possible before today's update, but only using an invisible button that was located just to the left of the "+" button. It looks like Facebook is finally ready to reveal this feature...
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Facebook Home hits 500,000 installs, but what about active users?

Sometimes a big number is just... a big number The new "love it or hate it" app out there, Facebook Home, has surpassed a pretty notable milestone in the Play Store today: 500,000 installs. That's half a million installs of an app that many said would appeal to a very small section of people --...
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Facebook Messenger VOIP calling expands outside of Canada

Completely free VOIP calls between Facebook users now available around the world Unlike when it enabled the new Chat Heads feature with an update via the Play Store, Facebook has silently pushed out a feature to its Messenger app today to enable free VOIP calling. If you'll recall back to the...
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Facebook Home now available internationally

The U.S. exclusivity for Facebook Home has been a short one Facebook has announced in conjunction with a talk at D: Dive Into Mobile that Facebook Home is set to be available internationally starting today. Following a brief period of U.S. exclusivity to iron out the bugs, folks around the world...
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Your guide to Facebook Home

So what exactly is Facebook Home? We're going to break it down for you This may not be the extreme Android forking that some would have expected, but Facebook Home is still a pretty dramatic change to the way you will use your phone. With the installation of just one app, you're faced with what...
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Which Android smartphones can get Facebook Home?

Facebook Home is now available in Google Play, but not for every Android device. Facebook says it'll be adding more in the near future. (And if you don't mind a little hackery, you should be able to get it onto your phone easily enough.) Here is the list of phones that are officially able to run...

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