Facebook Enhances Mobile Functionality

It’s become more apparent in recent months that social media giant Facebook is looking to improve its mobile efforts with the implementation of several new features. We imagine the improvements are coming after a major growth in social media apps, such as Foursquare, Yelp and more, to help expand its global reach and mobile presence.

It's become more apparent in recent months that social media giant Facebook is looking to improve its mobile efforts with the implementation of several new features. We imagine the improvements are coming after a major growth in social media apps, such as Foursquare, Yelp and more, to help expand its global reach and mobile presence.

So what are the latest developments for Facebook mobile?

Voice Recognition

It was announced this month that the platform would acquire speech-recognition developer, Mobile Technologies. The company will allow Facebook to provide voice technology to its one billion users, which is said to be an increasingly important part of web navigation.

With rivals such as Siri and Google already using voice-enabled technologies to make web navigation easier for internet users, it seems that Facebook is finally jumping on the bandwagon and matching the evolution of mobile usage.

Translation

With the acquisition of voice recognition technology, comes the introduction of Facebook translation which will also be provided by Mobile Technologies through an app called Jibbigo.

The app allows users to select more than 25 languages, record voice snippets in a specific language and type in text which will lead to the app delivering the desired translation on screen or will share the phrase or sentence out loud.

The possibilities of the app and its integration with Facebook have spurred exciting new ways which it could be used including translating news feeds, or one day power cross-language instant chat.

We're looking forward to seeing how the app will play out in the hands of the leading social network.

OpenTable and TV Listings

The latest news of how Facebook will be enhancing its mobile functionality is with the introduction of booking app OpenTable (currently only available in North America) as well as TV listings information.

It's said that Facebook users will be able to book a table at featured restaurants directly through their mobile Facebook pages without the hassle of leaving the social media platform to go onto an external site or app. It will be entirely possible for users to arrange dinner plans with Facebook friends through to booking the table where they plan to meet - essentially making Facebook their one-stop shop for their online needs at that moment.

Could these developments gradually encourage users to use Facebook for all their online needs? Perhaps it won't work for everything but it might the key to improving online communications for users.