Facebook iPad App

Facebook announced two new mobile developments this week: a native iPad application, and a new HTML5-friendly way for Facebook game developers to bypass Appleā€™s restrictions on Flash.

The iPad App is available today in the Apple App Store. It features high-res photos, games, chat optimized for the iPad. A simplified navigation system lets you send a message, see your notifications or browse your bookmarks without switching screens.

It offers improvements over its mobile website, as well as minor improvements over third-party Facebook iPad apps, such as Friendly for Facebook, according PC World.

The new HTML5-based mobile application platform for Facebook can run within mobile Facebook applications and the mobile Web. It will also improve the way that Facebook users can interact with their friends across apps, whether from within a PC browser pointed to Facebook.com or a mobile app. If developers have built a native iOS application for a game, tapping on the bookmark will launch that app. If no native application exists, tapping on the bookmark will direct the user to the mobile Web application of that game.

Twitter released an update to their iOS app in preparation for tomorrow’s iOS 5 launch. Twitter integration is one of the key features of IOS-5. Other photo-sharing sites include Twitpic and Moby with the launch of its own photo-sharing service.

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