In an event yesterday, Facebook announced lot of new changes to its mobile strategy and quashed the rumors of a Facebook Phone.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that FB will also make its “Facebook Places” physical location-based feature available on Android smartphones.
Facebook will also help merchants offer deals to customers who “check in” nearby, marking their physical location. Company has lined up 22 partners, including Macy’s, American Eagle Outfitters, the Palms casino in Las Vegas, and the Gap — which is offering to give away 10,000 pairs of jeans on an upcoming day.
It will allow mobile users to sign on once to get access to Facebook and its partner sites, including Groupon. The new “Places” feature, rolled out in August, is supposed to help users share with others where they are, figure out who is nearby and check what is happening or available there.