In a rather interesting move, Facebook released its own photo-sharing app separate from its main iOS client shortly after it acquired Instagram. Also interesting, although to a far lesser extent, is the upshot of its choice of name. You see, although the app is called Facebook Camera, its name on the home screen appears simply as Camera. This, of course, is the same as the full and home screen name of Apple’s very own Camera app. Now, though, Facebook has updated its Camera app to, among other things, change the app’s home screen name. Interesting …
Facebook Camera is now marked as Camera• on the home screen. That’s right, a mere bullet has been appended to the app’s label, no doubt to avoid any confusion with Apple’s stock app. Whether this change was pushed by Apple itself or brought about out of Facebook’s own initiative, though, has yet to be confirmed.
Apart from the slight name change, the update also brings other changes to the app that are relatively more functional. The update promises more reliable uploads and a better explanation about the app’s need to access location services. It also improves the app’s performance when location services are turned off, although the app is practically “read-only” under such a circumstance. In addition, the update introduces Help Center to the app. And as regards bug fixes, the update fixes issues with multiple timeline stories and out of order photos.
Like the other apps in Facebook’s fold, Facebook Camera aka Camera• is available in the App Store for free. Do you like the app’s new bulleted home screen name?