While weighing in on the FCC's proposal to allocate more higher-band spectrum for mobile services, Facebook said it has "no plans" to provide connectivity solutions in the United States, but given its mission to make the world a more connected place, it's throwing its support behind the commission's plans to make more spectrum available.
Facebook is introducing a new feature that lets tens of millions of iPhone users share live video streams. According to The Wall Street Journal, the social media giant began testing the feature with celebrities and other influencers.
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg said that the company is working to create a dedicated video service that would give videos a more prominent position on the social networking site. Although details of the plan remain unclear, it could put Facebook into more direct competition with other Internet video providers like Google, as well as wireless operators like Verizon that are pushing their video services.
With trade show floor and executive panel presentations over-indexing with hype about virtual reality (VR) at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, questions emerged as to whether VR will go the way of 3D TV, another former CES uber-trend that never caught on with consumers. A consensus quickly evolved that VR is not that technology. Analysts now see virtual reality as having too many practical applications-- everything from education to health care to real estate-- to fail. Naturally, pay-TV companies are experimenting with VR, with some expecting to reap big rewards.
Facing a growing demand from the advertising and television industries for more reliable measurement of streaming media, Nielsen is partnering up with Facebook to morph its current Twitter TV Ratings into a new metric it has dubbed "Social Content Ratings," The New York Times reports.
Facebook saw a 56 percent year-over-year increase in worldwide downloads of its Android and iOS apps during the fourth quarter, according to MoffettNathanson.
Facebook's and Twitter's app portfolios' fourth-quarter total downloads both came out ahead of where they ended up during the same quarter in 2014, according to MoffettNathanson. The analyst firm, now getting its app data from Apptopia, found Facebook's app portfolio notch impressive annual growth globally while finding more modest results in the U.S. Twitter's portfolio growth almost matched Facebook's, but mostly because of Periscope.
Facebook is working to enable its apps to continue to run on Android phones if a conflict with Google were to erupt, according to a report in The Information.
Sprint said it is offering customer care services across a range of social sites including Facebook Messenger and Twitter, thanks to a teaming between the nation's fourth largest wireless carrier and social customer service vendor Conversocial.
Facebook once again was the most popular smartphone app of the year among U.S. users, according to data from Nielsen. And its Messenger app was the fastest-growing title this year.