Klyph for Facebook Review: Bringing Google+ to Facebook
* approximate location (network-based)
* precise location (GPS and network-based)
* full network access
* view network connections
* receive data from Internet
* read phone status and identity
* modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
* find accounts on the device
* test access to protected storage
* prevent device from sleeping
* control vibration
When it comes to third party Facebook apps there are no shortage of them on Google Play with the most popular one being Friendcaster however even Friendcaster, with its subtle appearance changes, still oozes Facebook from top to bottom, which for some people is enough to stop them using the social network.
“Everyone gets tired of the ugly, slow official Facebook app so why don’t you give a try to Klyph: a new client for Facebook”
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Earlier this evening I was asked by our very own UbuntuBhoy to have a look at a Facebook alternative named Klyph (not sure if it’s pronounced Kliff, Kleef or Kliph). I love alternative apps so checking this out was a dead cert for me.
Within 10 minutes of playing around I was hooked! Why you might ask? Well lets take a look at this Beta app in more detail.
When I opened the app I was firstly impressed by the lack of Facebook anything, when I say Facebook anything I mean simple things like signing in, agreeing permissions via Facebook mini windows or anything else that remotely looks like and feels like Facebook.
The news feed which instantly greeted me was so refreshing, I no longer had to look at a boring wall, I had the all the great things from Google+ integrated with Facebook.
Simple things like sharing, liking and comment were all there as well as the menu dots that led you to the “share with” or “view profile” options.
The initial thoughts were “how Google+ is this app?” and it soon became very apparent that the app was VERY Google+ when I opened the menu bar out and looked at things like Friends and Pages / Groups.
The one downside I found was that when sharing posts I couldn’t see all of the groups I had so I was restricted from stopping certain people seeing what I wrote (should I choose to).
It’s worth pointing out too that the app has some constraints that cannot be helped or solved by the developer as these are Facebook related restrictions.
Like a page
• Tagging in statuses/comments with “@” like the official Facebook app
• Share a status/photo/video on a friend’s timeline.
It’s been a long time since I’ve felt excited about the potential of an app, especially one which is still in Beta however Klyph has brought back the feelings I first had when I opened Friendcaster, the feelings that developers are pushing boundaries to make Android the best user experience out there.
If I wasn’t already impressed all I had to do was click on and download Klyph Messenger for Facebook and I was blown away again.
Klyph Messenger for Facebook, simply put, is Google Hangouts. Yeah that’s right, Jonathan Gerbaud (the developer) has pulled out all the stops to make this app as good looking and as close to Google+ as was physically possible given the Facebook developer constraints.
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Though I have only been using the app for a short period I have already removed Facebook and it’s messenger from my phone and will be giving this one a real shot. I can’t wait to see where this app goes from Beta to release and how well the community take to it.
I will keep you all up to date with the app as it progresses and hopefully have a video demo ready within the next 24 hours.
If you ever want a reason to use Facebook again, Klyph is that reason!