While everyone is checking out the latest and greatest in iOS 6.1 and the Apple TV update, Facebook has pushed out an update to its app that add features found in its other apps into the main app. You can now leave voice messages for friends and record and post videos to Facebook from the main app as well as check out the improved Nearby Tab.
These might not seem like huge feature additions to the Facebook app, but in reality it means that these features offered in the other apps (like Messenger) are popular and stable enough to release into the main app.
From the iTunes app page here are the three updates included today:
What’s New in Version 5.4
Share your moments with voice messages and video recordings right in the app.
• Send voice messages when you have more to say
• Record and share videos right from the app
• Share and connect with your favorite places using the improved Nearby tab
The video option is within the Photo status and you just have to tap the camera icon and switch to video to record.
Like the Messages App, to leave a voice message for someone (in contrast to calling them), just tap the “+” (which then turns into an “X”) to see the options for pictures, taking a photo, or recording a voice memo:
I wonder how long Facebook will keep the separate app to test features system going. Frankly, I don’t think they should stop, because I think it gives Facebook a great way to test the waters with new features before slamming something into the hands of millions of users.