Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his team announced a host of tools for developers at the company’s F8 developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. As expected, the company veered away from announcing products the way it did back in 2011, instead going “back to its roots” to double down on its commitment to app developers — particularly when it comes to mobile.
Here’s a summary of everything that was announced at F8 (also confirmed via a blog post from the company):
- Facebook’s “stable platform” guarantees: Developers will have a 2-year Core API stability guarantee, and the company promises to remedy platform bugs within 48 hours.
- Facebook’s platform will now support app versions, allowing developers to push different builds over time.
- Changes to Facebook Log In give users line-by-line control over the information shared within apps, including apps downloaded by friends of friends.
- Anonymous Log In: Users will now be able to log in anonymously to apps and “test drive” services before turning over information to an app.
- Facebook’s Parse has now lowered pricing, offering developers more free options to build their apps.
- Parse Local Data Store will allow developers to create offline experiences for mobile apps.
- Parse announced AppLinks, a live, open-source SDK that provides seamless browsing to URLs from within apps.
- Facebook’s Send to Mobile offers users the option to send app links to a mobile phone from the desktop.
- The Mobile Like button gives users the ability to “Like” things on mobile, even without Facebook log-in enabled.
- Message Referrals, which works within Messenger, provides rich links to be shared within the app.
- FB Start: Facebook’s newest developer program offers up to $30,000 in tools for startups looking to grow their apps on Facebook.
- Facebook Advertising Network: The final announcement at F8, Facebook’s Advertising Network allows developers to serve mobile ads and interstitials backed by Facebook’s targeting data.