Time for a new update!
Before I proceed with the update of the project, I wanted to thank everyone for their comments and support they have shown since the application was unveiled. The feedback is very positive and I am as excited as you guys are for the app.
But let’s see whats new. I have been working primarily into the media section of the app. This includes most of the functions one would expect from a Facebook app. You will be able to view your own photos and albums, photos posted from the stream and photos of friends (as long as their privacy settings allow it). You will be able to view photo tags, tag your own photos, upload photos and recently I added functionality to save photos to your SD card, provided that you have one on your phone :). On later versions, I am considering an option to download entire albums.
Photo viewing is a bit tricky on a cell phone. The images sometimes are large and there are a few memory constraints, so I had to find a way which is easy for you guys as well easy for the phone to handle. For this app, I provide two options. The first one (default) shows the image that fits your screen. Double tap on the photo and you get the full real size view of the photo itself (either landscape or portrait) that also enables touch/scroll functionality. Double-tap again to go back to fit screen view.
When in full view, you will be able to select an option to show any tags associated with this photo. The tags can be toggled on or off and tags associated with a friend can be clicked to jump into their profile. Finally, when in full view, you can long press anywhere on the photo to add a tag.
For example, I long press a point which I want to tag the photo. The friend choose window shows up, at this point I can quickly type a friends name or other text and voila a new tag!
Finally, as mentioned above, you will also have the option to save the picture to your SD card, and also to share it to the facebook stream or to a friends wall.
People have asked me if the stream is only status updates. The answer is no. The stream is a real snapshot of your Facebook stream. That includes:
- Status updates
- Wall-to-wall posts
- New photo uploads
- Video posts (only YouTube will be supported since it integrates nicely with the G1)
Also, some have asked how do posts look like when you “like” them. You can see a screenshot in the gallery below of how that looks. Unlike removes the yellow star.
As for the release date, I am not sure yet, there is a lot to be done as I want this to be a complete Facebook experience for you guys. In the meantime, thanks again for your support and do not forget spread the word!
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