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Facebook adds Groups to Android, iPhone; iPad 'isn't mobile'

updated 02:55 pm EDT, Wed November 3, 2010

Facebook revamps Android and iPhone, talks iPad

Facebook today updated its Android and iPhone apps alike to add newer features, including ones just added today. Both now support the Groups feature from the website to sort and look at different categories. Places has also been improved and now lets users do more with the check-in, such as adding a photo during the check-in as well as tagging friends afterwards.

Android's updates are also playing catch-up, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said. The social network had hired an outside firm to help it close in on the iPhone app's features, but the contractor had been bought up by Google late into the process, he said. Places is completely new to Android and should help accelerate its adoption.

Both app updates should be available today.

Zuckerberg also addressed the longstanding question of a native iPad app by rejecting the idea in the near term. The "iPad isn't mobile," he told the media. Mobile Product Manager Erick Tseng followed up and added that Apple's tablet was part of a "new class of devices" and that Facebook's challenge was to scale its experience upwards without locking into a particular platform. The website was the current solution.

"iPad's not mobile. It's a computer," Zuckerberg said to a surprised reaction in the audience, only qualifying himself later. "I don't mean to be rude to Apple. iPad just isn't mobile in the same way [an iPhone] is."

By Electronista Staff


  1. DA360

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    Then make an iPad friendly site...

    If you refuse to make a iPad version of the official app, then make the web site more iPad friendly. It works but using it is not the most friendly experience on the iPad. And I would like to use the Facebook IM from the website on the iPad as well.

    So pretty much, for now, he screwed over iPad users. I guess were going to have to stick to the third party apps...

  1. jdukovac

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    Dumb s***

    You're a boob Zuckerburg! iPad is not a mobile device? I guess my laptop is not a mobile device also. I enjoy my iPad a lot, and take it just about everywhere with me. That being said, I personally hate using Facebook on my iPad's Safari browser because of the amount of s*** it presents in the main page. I can't just have feeds the way my iPhone does it.

    Why the h*** would you not be taking advantage of this? I mean, I shelled out money for the Social app for my iPad, something Facebook could have done and gotten paid for. I would have gladly given the money to Facebook instead, but hey, everyone is different I guess.

    The other issue is that Facebook has screwed the pooch when it come to security. I mean, tagging is "on" by default? It should be off by default and leave the choice to the user as to whether or not to turn it on. I don't give a s*** to share my location info with other. Yeah, yeah, I can just turn it off, but that's not the point. For someone who wants us all to share ALL of our information by default, he's certainly not following his own mantra. Try and find an email address for Zuckerburg, let alone try and post something to his Facebook wall.....good luck. Damn hypocrite!

  1. bdmarsh

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    up to date at least.

    While it may not be a perfect experience using the web version of Facebook on the iPad, it is at least the most current version. With the iPhone while it is suited to the iPhone interface, it is a more limited experience, and tends to lag behind in development.

  1. aristotles

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    Just update the iPhone version to Universal

    How hard is it to update the Facebook app to a universal one so that it scales properly?

    Right now, people can jailbreak and install Fullforce but they should not have to just to use facebook at native resolution.

  1. cartoonspin

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    You guys are being too negative

    Listen what he said...the iPad is not a mobile device it is a computer!

    A computer that has killed the netbook market, has MS shaking in its boots and has created a new category of device. It actually is a huge complement. I don't think even Apple could expect the reception the iPad has created. It is revolutionary and will only get better with iOS updates.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    Correct, your laptop is not mobile

    jdukovac, calm down, studies show laptops are not placed in people's pockets and carried everywhere people go.

    That is what he meant by 'not mobile'. The iPad is carried from bedroom to living room, but when you are shopping at the Gap, you don't have an iPad in your pocket - you don't have your laptop either.

    This is what he meant, about 'mobile.' Everyone is trying to think of the best way to phrase this, since Jobs is being obtuse, and his legions of fans aren't going to see the issue until Jobs gives the word.

    a pocketable tablet can be used in all kinds of ways that a large tablet cannot (and yes - the opposite is also true, the larger iPad can do things the smaller tablets cannot)

    But in terms of Facebooks mobile initiative, laptops and the iPad are not mobile devices that benefit from the new features he's talking about today.

    That's not to say Facebook shouldn't have an iPad and Laptop friendly version - of course it should, but thats a whole seperate issue from this location based app initiative.

  1. facebook_Wen

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    iPad is Mobile

    "That is what he meant by 'not mobile'. The iPad is carried from bedroom to living room, but when you are shopping at the Gap, you don't have an iPad in your pocket - you don't have your laptop either."

    Speak for yourself, as some of use do bring our iPads to the Gap, and other stores. Although it's his website, so we aren't entitled to any special features. Anyway, my 2 cents.

  1. samirsshah

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    The jabs was meant to be against iPad's 9" size

    and helping currently and future 5" and 7" tablets. Also the jab can be about "Ping" music discussions between Apple and Facebook. Apple can take it positively and have 5" and 7" versions of iPads because I believe that both 5" and 7" iPads are required and it is my belief Facebook will be different for IPhone, 5", 7" and 9" tablets. Or Apple can take it personally(?) and let the fanboys loose on Facebook and/or Mark.

  1. facebook_Simon

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    No you don't see iPads in the wild

    Maybe on a plane, in a train? Have you ever seen one in a public space, where people carry it? Yeah probably at Starbucks, but we all know why. The rest of them are on some rich guys' couch and never see the outside of that house. It's an iPod Touch for the visually challenged, and without the pocketability advantage.

    That's also why the iPad's sales will "collapse" even more badly than netbook sales when there are no rich guy's couches left or someone does the "3rd or 4th limited productivity plus device" for much less $$.

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