Before we dig into the meat of this post, let’s just get this out of the way right now: There is no Facebook phone. There is however, a lot of great changes being made to Facebook for Android, and the way it communicates with other apps.
The newest version of the Facebook app for Android includes three key features that will change the way you use your device: Places, Groups, and single sign-on. Groups support is pretty self explanatory, but the changes being made to location APIs makes the addition of Places, single sign-on, and apps that will integrate support for them, exciting new territory. An example used to explain how Facebook plans on tackling location based social media goes a little something like this:
- You already have Facebook installed and you’re signed in.
- You open deals, press “Login with Facebook,” and you’re instantly signed in.
- Deals then uses your location to present you with Facebook only deals available to businesses around you.
- Choose coupon, enter said business of choice, present phone coupon, ?????, profit!
Now apply this formula to Groupon, Loopt, scvngr, Yelp, Flixster, and Booyah to see how Facebook is taking social, and going mobile. Most will argue, and with good cause, that this is very similar to Foursquare. While that may be true, Facebook is simply taking it to the next level.
To check out the new Facebook for Android app, head on over to the market now where the app is live and kicking. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!