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Facebook to release more standalone apps

Facebook is planning to release more standalone apps in the same vein as Messenger or Instagram in the coming year. The announcement was made during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call on Wednesday.

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Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg / © Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg made sure to point out that the main growth is set to come from the main app that is already around, but the Facebook supremo also made sure to mention that they will be building some other apps that they hope will become what Messenger and Instagram are today.

Facebook made the standalone messenger app available in 2011 but made several changes during the last part of 2013 which, according to David Ebersman who is Facebook’s CFO, messenger’s users grew by 70% during the last part of 2013.

The comments confirm a report which was made by a journalist from The Verge who wrote that Facebook’s 2014 roadmap would include “slick, standalone apps that are made for mobile devices”.

By creating apps for specific functions, Facebook may be able to stave off competition from rivals in the social space. It would be a wise strategy for Facebook to kill off potential competitors before they have even started.

What do you think about Facebook’s app strategy for the coming year. Please leave a comment below and we will get back to you.

Source: Mashable


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  • use fb only for candy crush saga and nothing else now.

  • My1 Jan 30, 2014 Link to comment

    they should start removing permissions from FB main app before doing anything else...
    reading SMS? that's creepy!

    • I use facebook 2 times a week. No need to get it on my phone.

    • This is *how* they'll be able to do that. Shift the automatic authentication into an optional app that has the SMS permission, and you only use it if you want to. If it's installed on the phone, the main app can use it to authenticate you. Do the same for any other contentious permissions.

      • My1 Jan 30, 2014 Link to comment

        yes. Delayed Lock and other have the plugins probably also only for the permissions. especially permissions like changing the network connectivity are creepy when you dont have unlimited data.
        and autoconnect to WLANs is also quite shady in my oppinion, especially when ppl have mobile phones acting as hotspot for the tabs where FB is installed or sth. like that...

        Edit: not to forget the direct call permission or the ability to read and change the call history or en-/disabling synchronisation, meddle with your wallpaper change (and READ) the recent apps read my battery stats, send email without asking, send sticky broadcasts and install shortcuts (ok some of the last ones are not so privacy/trafic related but still)...