The facebook app for windows phone have been getting a lot of heat since it’s release. Compared to the Android app it honestly sux and I can understand why people are getting frustrated. Now you can try out the next generation of facebook for Windows Phone with there new beta program here http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=93da5d29-daf0-4783-9ed5-a87b33247ec6
I’m in love!
At first it doesn’t looke like much, but after a coupple of seconds tinkering I get it. It’s so much faster, easier and lot more fun to use. The app is undergoing a major redesign and now includes several much-requested features, including new support for high-res photos, post sharing, and Facebook Timeline(!).
Everything is better, and this is what the app should have been right from the start. With swiping left and right to get your groups, friends etc. Now get this this ready and public!
Facebook home on the ASUS Padfone 2
Thanks to the XDA Developers hacker theos0o. A engineered modified version of Facebook Home can be installed as long as you allow your phone or tablet to install unofficial apps that aren’t in the Google Play store.
- Uninstall the original Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and Facebook Home applications if you already have them. If any Facebook apps are pre-installed on your device, you will likely need to root your phone to remove it.
- Download the hacked version of Facebook Home (link here) and hacked version of Facebook Messenger (link here). Extract the .rar files.
- Install the official Facebook app (com.facebook.katana), then the Facebook Home launcher (com.facebook.home), and then the Facebook Messenger app (com.facebook.orca).
- Enable Facebook Home under the Facebook app settings. Reboot your device.
- If you have any serious issues, reboot into recovery mode and wipe the Dalvik cache. (Power + volume down)
The offcial app
Can be found in Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.home with only a rating of 2.4 at the moment. Right now only released for HTC First, HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S3 och Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and will support Galaxy S4 and HTC One when there released.
So what about it?
I’m probably not considered as a “poweruser” of facebook. But it looks nice and seems to work as it should. It’s easy enough to get to the usual view I had before the update when needed. But as you can drag shortcuts to the apps you need and get to your normal startscreen with just one click, there’s really not much use to go back. It works flawless when docked to the Padfone station as well.
I have to try it out some more later tonight (with Netflix, Skype SMS etc.) but it i had no performance issues so far and and as far as my initial feeling it just adds value to my PadFone 2 so far.
Everything works fine so far on the ASUS Padfone 2. Would have been great if the home screen could have more settings though. I would like to get e-mail notifications right on there etc. Guess that’s coming later.
There’s been a lot of talk during the last year of a “facebook phone”. Zuckerberg have been denying it, referring to the fact that a facebook phone wouldn’t even “move the needle” when it comes to market shares – he’s probably right. So what to do when you want to “move the needle”?
Keep pressing that update button!
Upgrade to Android Jelly Bean 4.2
• Multiple account login for up-to 4 user accounts
• ASUS Screen Saver in DayDream Feature
• Parental Lock
• New Camera AP
• Lock screen wallpaper
• New UI for ASUS IME.
• Set Ethernet settings as default ON.
IME Settings (TW/CN SKU only)
For users who have modified the default ASUS IME settings in Jelly Bean 4.1, hand-writing IME will be OFF by default, and users will have to turn it on in the IME Settings after upgrading to Jelly Bean 4.2
The update also brings:
New widgets (including lockscreen widgets), better looking fonts, a new software keyboard (like the one on the MeMO Pad Smart), and “general improvements to overall performance.”
Four weeks ago I decided to change my phone and tablet for the 2 in 1 solution from ASUS – the PadFone 2. Not only was this to be a change of one gadget for another, but a complete change of echo system. Over the past weeks I have tried to answer questions here on the blog, on forums, twitter, facebook and by mail. The result of that (and my own continuous use of the PadFone 2) has resulted in reviews, guides and tips.I even made some new friends in the process.
This is my sum up of the past four weeks with the ASUS Padfone 2 in a new and scary echo system.. Can a windows guy go “Android”?
New firmware released for PadFone2
Firmware: V10.4.12.24 Only for WWE SKU (Android 4.1)
1. Enhanced PadFone 2 and PadFone 2 Station performance and stability
2. Improved Wi-Fi connection and stability
3. Upgraded the
camera’s firmware and optimized the camera’s HDR and automatic brightness control functions
4. NFC file sharing on ASUS Studio
5. Added ASUS Story
6. Support of Tomb Jewels
7. Improved the Weather Time widget
8. Improved Email’s editing function
9. Improved Contacts app
10. Improved the Battery widget’s battery display function
11. Optimized the instant translation interface
12. Added SMS samples
13. Optimized the lock screen interface
You can either check you phone by pressing settings/about Padfone/System Firmware Update or download it manually from here http://www.asus.com/Tablets_Mobile/PadFone2/#support
I promised some sample pictures from the camera earlier. First of all, I’m no expert at photography at all. I use my phone for fast instagram pictures and family photos of the kids that ends up on facebook. With that said, the 13 mega-pixel camera is probably more than I need. It has a lot of software filters and it’s pretty easy to get some cool effects if you are a “Insta-Junkie“. The “HDR” filter can get you some pretty cool pictures when the lighting is good enough too.
13 mega-pixel camera for the Instagram junkie