Facebook today said that Facebook for mobile now has 200 million monthly active users. To further, enrich mobile experience, Facebook announced major updates to both Android and iPhone apps, as well as with the launch of single sign on–a hassle-free way to log in to mobile applications.
- Android 1.4 update includes Places and Groups. With Places, you and your friends can now check in to your favorite restaurant, museum, business or any other location from Android phone.
Places also let you access Groups on Facebook.com from your Android phone. Create a group for your poker buddies, and organize an impromptu game this weekend just by messaging the group from your phone.
1.4 also includes a refresh to notifications app. Clicking notification now won’t send you off to the browser. Instead, as long as that notification has an appropriate destination within the app itself, you’ll be taken there.
- Single Sign On. Just login to Facebook app on your mobile phone once. From then on, you can login to any other app on your phone that supports single sign on without typing a username or password again. This works on any Android phone or any iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch device that supports multitasking (most iOS4 devices).
You can try this with any of these Android apps: Flixster, Groupon, Loopt, SCVNGR, Yelp and Zynga Poker. iPhone apps will soon be available with single sign on.
- Location in the Graph API. Also, available now is Places check-in and search functionality to all Facebook Platform developers as part of the Graph API. Now you can access Facebook Places database and let users check in on Facebook from your app. You can also reach new users through distribution in News Feed, “Friends Nearby” view in Facebook app and other 3rd-party apps that present friend check-ins.
These new location features only surface check-ins based on a person’s privacy settings. It’s easy to use our permissions dialog to request to access and publish check-ins and get started.