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Facebook Application Development - August 9th, 2013
By adding cover feed to its Android app, Facebook has enabled users to access this feature with ease even without installing or launching Facebook Home. Cover feed, an exclusive feature available on Facebook Home, will no longer be its exclusive property. This update will allow more users to access their social network feeds without unlocking the phone.
Cover feed is an automated feature that updates a person’s lock screen with status updates, photos, posts, messages and other content that would normally appear in news feed. In other words, cover feed helps heavy Facebook users and Facebook game development to get more from Facebook. This feature also makes it easy for people to engage with content as they can simply double tap to like a post and comment right from cover feed.
With this latest development a Smartphone user or an Android user need not have to download Facebook Home to use the cover feed. To enable the cover feed feature, all you need to do is to check the box next to ‘Use as Lock Screen’ under Settings. The lock screen will start up immediately and begin showing your feed.
Commenting on this latest update, a Facebook spokesperson said the cover feed has been a popular element of the Home experience and making it available from the Facebook Android app makes it accessible for more people. He added that in addition to viewing photos and posts from friends from cover feed, one can quickly unlock the screen and access the camera and messages from it.
Even though the social media giant has introduced this feature to the main android app, not everyone can use this feature. To use this feature, your Smartphone must be supported by Facebook Home . Other users can heave a sigh of relief as Facebook is updating its list and adding more phones. Recently they added HTC One, Galaxy S4 and Nexus 4 to the list.
Full list of Home-friendly Android devices: Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, HTC One X, HTC One X+, HTC First, HTC One, Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy S4.