Facebook Tweaks The Mobile App To Improve News Feed & Offer Offline Feature

For several months now Facebook has been tweaking its mobile app and is making improvements to enhance user experience even at slow internet speeds. Few more updates are rolled out now to improve the way users access and use the FB app on slower internet connections.

In a recent Facebook blog post, the company stated that “our mission with News Feed is to connect people with the stories that matter most to them, but if people’s News Feeds aren’t loading because of poor internet connections, we can’t show them the most relevant stories.”

Facebook also added, “as a next step in improving people’s experiences on slower internet connections, we are shipping several changes that will more efficiently show you relevant stories in your News Feed when you’re on a slow connection and will let you compose comments on posts when you’re offline.”

Facebook is currently testing an important update in which it tracks and monitors all the previous downloaded stories on a user’s phone to identify the most relevant and and unread important stories and rank them based on importance. This will significantly reduce the loading as that Facebook can now display relevant stories that aren’t seen yet, instead of showing the loading icon (a spinner), while user looks for new stories.

This is a significant update especially for countries like India and other South Asian countries, where the average mobile internet speed is relatively low.



The New Google Cardboard Camera App Can Create 3D VR Images

Google recently launched a new mobile app for the Cardboard. The app named as the Cardboard Camera lets you create stunning panoramic virtual reality photos, with 360 degree coverage. The app is available in the Google Play Store for most android devices.

Taking pictures is a breeze with this app, the user simply has to move the camera for a whole 360 degree in a circle take a panoramic photo using this cardboard camera app.This app also has the ability to record audio and the image when seen using the cardboard will appear to be 3D.

Google says VR photos are three-dimensional panoramas that come with slightly different views for each eye. Near things look near and far things look far, and one can look around to explore the image in all directions.

“With Cardboard Camera, anyone can create their own VR experience. So revisit the mountaintop that took hours to hike, or the zoo where you saw (and heard) the monkeys, or your birthday party with the cake out and candles still lit. Capture the moments that matter to you and relive them anytime, from anywhere,” Google further explains in a blogpost.