Even with thousands of curious people picking away at the file system, it’s always amazing how some things slip through the cracks for a relatively long period of time. Gunning For Safety was snooping around in iPhone OS 4.0’s file system and found multiple references to social media integration for the Contacts app. More specifically what as found was a .plist file for Facebook contacts. It would allow users to add their friends Facebook profile to their contact card just as they would their email address or AIM handle. What’s particularly special about the way Facebook integration is that they’re a “separate type of contact” meaning it’s entirely possible OS 4.0 will offer much more than a simple method for keeping details about one’s friends neatly organized. The Calendar app is also said to be able to interact with Facebook much in the same way. It’s too early to tell if these features will survive — for all we know all of these references could be dropped come the next beta and not resurface for a long time — but we’re really hoping their expanded upon and support is broadened out to things like Twitter and LinkedIn.
You guys might have heard that we’ve (Beejive and BGR) been plugging away at TweetGenius behind the scenes since we announced our initial partnership. The entire program has been redone from the ground up and there’s literally too many fantastic changes and new features to list, but we’ll try and give you a taste of some:
- Innovative direct-from-application Twitpic photo uploading
- Inline image viewing for Twitpic, Twitgoo, img.ly, TweetPhoto, yfrog images
- GPS location posting
- Themes: comes with two different themes for viewing tweets. More are coming soon!
- Shortcut icons (reply, retweet, direct message)
- Status bar to show you necessary information like time, signal status, etc
Those are just a couple examples of what’s been changed, but what you’ll find is that the program is incredibly quick and gives users a desktop-class Twitter experience. We’re happy to announce that as a special thank you to all our original customers, TweetGenius v1.0.9 will be exclusively available to them for a period of two weeks before our worldwide launch. And, it’s available immediately for download. Hit the break for some screenshots and the download link!
Looks like what we reported turned out to be true — social networking sharing (sending information to Facebook and Twitter as well as app organization). Apple’s iTunes 9 is now officially official and there’s some great features in here. Application organization for iPhone/iPod touch apps, home sharing which will share your entire iTunes content on up to five machines, support for iTunes LP (referred to as project Cocktail in the past) and much more. It’s available now.
Check out the above leaked screengrab of Facebook 1.7 for BlackBerry — clean, right? Rumored to hit in September, some of the new features and changes include:
- Faster page loading
- Ability to filter the news feed (Status updates, photos, links, etc.)
- A new view profile option
We’re light on details and light on more screenshots, but hit the link below if you’d like to check it out for yourself.
Steve Richter! Our friends at AT&T pinged us earlier this month to see if we wanted to give away a new Sony Ericsson W518a to celebrate the launch of its AT&T Share Facebook app. We wouldn’t dream of depriving our readers of the chance to win a shiny new handset of course, so we were happy to oblige. Steve’s comment was randomly chosen as the winner earlier this week and he will be receiving his new Sony Ericsson W518a some time next week. Woo hoo! There you have it boys and girls; if you haven’t already checked out the AT&T Share Facebook app, we definitely recommend that you do so. After all, there are plenty more prizes to be had — why should Steve have all the fun?
What’s better than scoring a shiny new phone? Scoring a shiny new phone for free, of course… AT&T is hitting Facebook hot and heavy these days and why wouldn’t it? After all, Facebook is where all the cool kids hang out, or so we hear, and they spend plenty of time there. Here’s a thought: Why not take a break from stalking your ex-girlfriend from high school — dude, it’s not going to happen — and actually use Facebook for something productive? You know, like winning free stuff for example. Hit the jump to learn about AT&T’s new Facebook app and for your chance to win a free Sony Ericsson W518a from your pals here at BGR.
According to sources at Business Week, Motorola has been sharing a spec sheet and some concept images of its new Android smartphone with carriers around the world. Sources familiar with the documents claim the new Android phone will be a high end version of the HTC G1 with a 3.5″ touchscreen, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a host of social networking features. The Android handset will reportedly take some of its design cues from the new Motorola Krave ZN4. Android with an interactive touchscreen clear flip? We are not sure if that is what they meant but a Minged-out Android smartphone with a social networking presence would be an interesting concept. Also interesting to note is that much of the Android project is apparently being handed over to the Good Technology team that Motorola acquired back in 2006. The Android project is being headed by Rick Osterloh, formerly Good’s VP of marketing and product management. A recent job posting on Monster.com (don’t go looking for it, it has already been pulled) confirms that Motorola is looking to hire Android developers for their branch in Sunnyvale, California where the Good team is based. That same job posting also reveals that the Android project has been funded to the tune of $50M and has strong executive level sponsorship. Money and high level support is a good combination. Last but not least, Motorola’s first Android offering is expected hit a rock-bottom price point of $150 after 2-year contract with a tentative launch date sometime in Q2 2009 in the US and Q3 2009 in Europe. Hit the jump to see a larger image of the Monster.com job posting and how happy people are when they work for Motorola. So happy they want to dance?
It looks like Motorola has some tricks up its sleeve and may be introducing an Android phone with a twist. No plain Jane Android phone for Motorola and its 350 person strong development team – instead it may be crafting an Android-powered handset with a strong focus on social networking. Yup, that’s right. Our favorite buzzword of the year, social networking, rears its ugly head again. The folks over at AndroidGuys came across a job advertisement for the Interaction Design team that hints at this possibility:
As a Senior Staff Interaction Designer, you will be responsible for leading and actively participating in the concept, design, documentation and development of user interfaces for our mobile products including our new Android Social Networking SmartPhone. You’ll lead brainstorming and work sessions, usability and innovation reviews and other forums of design development. In addition to your primary responsibility in the delivery of great design, you will also be expected to mentor other designers, bringing your personal strengths to the rest of the team.
With Motorola moving towards more niche phones this phone would fit in nicely with its current lineup and would offer an interesting alternative to the upcoming crop of Google-centric Android phones. Maybe Jaiku will actually end up serving a purpose after all. So what do you think, a Motorola social networking Android smartphone, fantastic or a flop?
If you’re so social (or lonely, for that matter) that you are registered on several social networking sites, Verizon has the app for you: SocialLife. The name is almost an oxymoron, really. Anyway, we digress… SocialLife is like the Trillian or Adium of social networking apps where several of your favorite, or less popular sites are consolidated onto one app. It makes it a lot easier for you to check messages, notes, photos, comments, and all that jazz when you can do it on one program instead of several. If not just for MySpace, you also get AsianAve, BlackPlanet, FaithBase, GLEE, LiveJournal, MiGente, Photobucket, Rabble and MTV Tr3s (what, no Facebook?). Anyone actually use those sites? LiveJournal? Really?! That’s sooooo 2005. For just $1.49 a month, you can get access to this application and that’s not so bad – if most of your social life is spent on networking sites.
The internationally popular social network Hi5 launched a mobile version (m.hi5.com) of its website this week. The mobile website will allow Hi5 users to send and receive messages, add / request new friends, view friend’s profiles and make comments and also view the real-time status of other members online. With support for 26 languages, Hi5’s mobile website targets the growing number of international users, who unlike their American counterparts, are more likely to use a mobile device to access the internet than a PC. Creating this “culturally relevant” social network and providing it to the world has been Hi5’s strategy and it has worked. According to ComScore, hi5 grew 79% in the first half of 2008 with the number of unique visitors increasing from 31.4 million in December 2007 to 56.4 million in June 2008. That is more than twice the growth rate of any of the other top 10 social networks! Keep those rates up and they will be poised on the cusp of world domination.