iOS 5 to integrate Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn and Myspace as well

iOS 5 to integrate Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn and Myspace as well
Apple's WWDC might not have brought a brand-new iPhone, but rather focused on software and unveiled the next major release of iOS 5 with deeper integration for Twitter services. But is Twitter the only service that comes pre-baked in the mobile platform? An anonymous developer found that other popular services, namely Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn and MySpace, are also to be integrated into the system. The features actually weren't even hidden – they all appear in the developer's beta.

So in addition to the standard information about a person, you get to see links of their various web accounts, which is pretty neat. Tapping on the account then takes you to Safari and the person's profile. The developer also mentioned that some of those service still seem to be buggy, but the product is still in beta after all, so all hopes remain reserved for a stable final release. It's not clear however whether those other accounts will get as deep of an integration as Twitter, which will even pull contacts from the microblog to your phone application for once.

Other platforms like Microsoft's Windows Phone and Google's Android also come with wider support for social networks, but for Microsoft it mostly resolves around Facebook, while Google has had some disagreements with the social network over data portability. Social networking integration might finally bring all your friends to one place, but at the same time over complicating the contacts application could also be an issue. Do you personally feel the need for deeper integration of social networking services into your phone experience? Feel free to voice your opinions in the comments below!

source: AllThingsD

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10 Comments

1. toottoot unregistered

Don't want to have a contact in my phone from facebook of a person I do not even know... just sayin'

2. toottoot soft unregistered

@toottoot If you don't know the person, then why are they on your Facebook ? Stupid, if you're gonna do that, don't complain, or don't configure Facebook integration in your settings..

3. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Would be nice to have check boxes next to my social network friends. Check all the ones you want to add to your phone contacts. Each time a new friend is added, your phonebook knows and prompts you to add or not to your phonebook. also with the option to pull what type of data (number, email, photo). This is just off the top of my head, but I'm sure it could be done.

4. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

Apple you better not mess up the os with this shit. Not everyone wants facespace twinker blah F'ing blah! Linked together. I am happy using the facebook app and keeping my facebook seperate from my contacts, that already are mixed into to gmail. That was a huge reason people ran away from Moto's preinstalled facebook app on android. And lots of people have friends on facebook they never meet. I hear people all the time say they have friends from online games they dont know.

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Motorola doesn't have a preinstalled Facebook app, and you could still separate your contacts into groups if you didn't want your Facebook contacts filling up your list. Come back next week for more stupid practice, Hawk.

5. JayLeBlanc

Posts: 33; Member since: May 16, 2011

Is MySpace relevant in any way in 2011?

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

This is something that I already have on my X with MOTOBLUR.

8. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

So sniggy writes to me moto doesnt have it then writes he has it on his phone? He is special!

9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I said that Motorola doesn't have a preinstalled Facebook application. This is entirely true. However, Facebook support is integrated into MOTOBLUR. These are two different things. Good job coming back early for that stupid experience.

10. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

now u just sound desperate...

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