Facebook “Places” Now Accessible for Android Users at Facebook Mobile Site

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Last night Facebook announced its new service titled “Places”, which lets U.S. users share their current location with friends. Unfortunately, at the time of the announcement, the functionality was only available on the iPhone application (and still is). Despite this limitation, U.S. Android users with HTML5 capable web browsers (Android 2.0 and above) can check out the new feature by visiting the Facebook mobile site at touch.facebook.com, where it was just activated.  I have to admit it seems pretty cool. Hopefully they can tie in some type of giveaways with check-ins.  We’ll see.

With Erik Tseng leaving Google for Facebook,  I would think true application support will come soon. Expect an update shortly folks.

Will anyone use Facebook “Places”?  Do you like this functionality? Let us know below!

Source: MobileBurn

37 COMMENTS

  1. I wrote an app called F that just sends your directly to touch.facebook.com. It has an icon and everything so it can seem like a real app. It is free if you guys want it and has no ads, just basically a bookmark.

  2. Meh… Facebook seems to be getting a bit pervasive in my opinion. Didn’t they just fumble a large privacy issue? I will wait a while before giving them my physical location to sell. In the meantime I still have Latitude (best privacy options for geo-social), Foursquare, Buzz, Loopt, etc….

  3. I’m with @Tenkely. They need to come good on a few other things about privacy before I’m going to willingly start letting them know where I’m at in the country.

  4. I agree with kjhg- pretty crap blogging not to bother mentioning that it has only been activated in the US. Get your sh*t together, Android guys.

  5. My mom might be interested. I sorta think of Facebook as the social media site for technically-challenged people. I will not be using it.

  6. Looks like a fun way to connect with friends that happen to be in the same place as you and avoid having to use a separate app.

  7. @Danny: I also have a MyTouch & it is does not work. It is because the MyTouch doesn’t have Android 2.0 & higher. I guess we’ll have to wait until we get Android froyo 2.2 on our MyTouch phones before we can use Facebook Places.

  8. Hope they get the MyTouch 3G update out soon. This is an excellent feature and would love to use it. But I’m still rockin the 1.6. What happened to “No Phone Left Behind” T-Mo? Starting to feel like Kirk Cameron.

  9. I would love for the Facebook app on my droid to be able to have the “PLACES” feature.

    If they iPhones got it…why cant my Droid?

  10. I have tried both of the programs that were mentioned above and can’t find the checkin on any of them. I have the Motorola Cliq. Anyone have any ideas?

  11. i love facebook places, i used to use it w/ my bb curve but i cant seem 2 find how to use it w/ my droid (i have a samsung intercept)

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