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Facebook goes mobile-first with its latest developer tools

Facebook has just unwrapped the latest version of its mobile SDK for iOS as well as some new features for its mobile tools. Reps for the company are calling these changes “the next evolution” of the company’s mobile-first strategy.

The new tools should, the company says, make it easier for mobile developers to play around with Open Graph features on smartphones and tablets. The SDKs also bring better tools for implementing Facebook Login.

Also, the company has announced a new program to help and promote the building of Facebook-integrated mobile apps. Called the Facebook Technology Partner program, it contains a list of SDKs and other developer tools built by Facebook and its partners — companies like Kinvey, Corona Labs, Parse, Sencha, and Adobe’s PhoneGap.

The Facebook SDK for iOS 3.5 is available today. It includes a new API for handling Open Graph objects without having to host webpages with Open Graph tags, a new Sharing dialog that works more smoothly with Open Graph actions, and an improved native login UX.

Finally, stats! Facebook reps told us via email that 81 percent of the top grossing 100 iOS apps and 70 percent of the top grossing 100 Android apps use Facebook in some way. For games, those numbers are slightly higher at 82 percent for iOS and 75 percent for Android.


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