Apps are better designed in iOS than in Android

Before I bought my Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (9.7-inch, T819), I totally forgot taking into consideration the fact that apps are usually better designed in iOS than in Android.

Not that I totally screwed up in my decision, of course, there are other important factors that I considered, the topmost being the price.

But to give you an example of how apps are better designed in iOS than in Android, take a look at the screenshots of probably the most go-to app for every smartphone and/or tablet owners, Facebook.

In landscape modes, here’s the Facebook app in my old iPad 2:

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Facebook iOS app on my iPad 2 (Landscape mode)

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That stupid Facebook app built in browser

That stupid Facebook app built in browser is just plain stupid.

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They need to put it back to open in the default browser, may it be Safari for iOS or Chrome for Android. That way it’ll be easier to share the webpage in any app other than the stupid Facebook app.

This now gives me more reason to stop using Facebook altogether.

The Facts About Globe’s Free Facebook Promo

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Free Facebook is a great promo from Globe. Who doesn’t want free service, right? If only they can carry it out more smoothly:

There was no opt-in

At least, that’s what happened in my case. I didn’t opt-in but I was automatically subscribed to the service, even though I was on an unlimited data plan to start with.

Stop bugging me

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Twitter and Facebook Quick Post Buttons

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Whatever happened to the quick post buttons and windows for Twitter and Facebook, just like what you see in the screenshots above?

Obviously, they were removed from the notification center when iOS 7 came. I missed it because right now in order to do a quick status update to Facebook, I need to open the SLOW Facebook app, which takes forever to load before I can proceed any further. And I don’t have Siri to do it for me. Keep Reading »

Facebook Messenger – a Free Mobile Messaging App

Facebook has just made available a free stand-alone messaging app for your mobile phone. It will be like BlackBerry’s BBM service, or WhatsApp, or Kik, or LiveProfile, or PingChat!, but that you don’t need an additional ID, as all your contacts in Facebook will be available for messaging, may they be using the app as well, or just in any other mobile device, or the web.

Get and send messages fast

With the new standalone Messenger app, now messaging with friends is faster than ever. Messages are delivered instantly, and they’re always just a click away.

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Unfortunately, it’s only available (yet!) for iOS and Android (have I already told you about the developers’ preference in developing mobile apps?), and for iOS it’s only available as of the moment in the US iTunes store. Continue reading

Chat with Facebook Friends using Pidgin

I actually haven’t known that Facebook chat has supported the XMPP standards for quite some time now. Now it enables desktop chat clients like my favorite Pidgin to connect to your Facebook friends without a need for any plugin (which sometimes break).

Thanks to How-To Geek, now I know.

What is Pidgin?

Pidgin is an easy to use and free chat client used by millions. Connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, and more chat networks all at once.

I have long been an advocate of Pidgin as a desktop chat client. The reason why? Read more to know why and how to use Pidgin to chat with Facebook friends »

Foursquare, Inaccurate Pins, and Facebook Places

Foursquare on your phone gives you & your friends new ways of exploring your city. Earn points & unlock badges for discovering new things.

You can’t use your computer and its internet browser to check in to places using the Foursquare service. You may only check in using your phone with GPS enabled.

Loved the app in my iPhone. The problem is the inaccurate pins. These usually happen when other people have previously checked in into the establishment with inaccurate GPS location to start with. To add insult upon injury, there’s no clear way to correct these inaccuracies either through your phone or the desktop browser. Yes, I’ve checked out the support pages.

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Facebook Places, posing as Foursquare alternative, is not yet available for iPhone users in the Philippines, although I’ve read somewhere that it’s already available for Blackberry users (in the Philippines). Once Facebook Places is out, Foursquare could simply die down, I think.