Facebook has made it a routine to introduce annoying new features every now and then. Based on the face that the Facebook user count is approaching 1 billion, it is least bothered by the fact that a certain feature is not generally liked by the public. We have seen that in the past with the company introducing the timeline feature and many others before that and the changes in the privacy settings, Facebook has a history of not being concerned about what the users want.
Facebook’s recently updated app for Android has been taking heavy criticism from users with the general reviews like “it sucks” or “it is too slow” and “this app should have ZERO rating”. So we have established one thing, Facebook’s mobile app for Android seems to be a complete disaster. However, if this wasn’t enough, Facebook recently introduced a couple of new features for the mobile app.
Facebook Messenger for Android was an app that allowed users to have real time chat with their friends and check their messages and inbox. There seemed no need for yet another app that did the same. Facebook app introduced a direct shortcut to the Facebook Messenger chat app and Camera sharing from the home screen.
While the Messenger app may be of some use for those who frequently use Facebook’s chat feature, the Facebook Camera app has been deemed utterly useless by most, as all Android phones have their own camera app, and for some with heavily modified ROMs, maybe even a second one if they have the ICS camera app on a Gingerbread ROM.
As it has always been, one of XDA’s developer machx0r has released an app that removes the Facebook Camera and Messenger app icons from the app drawer.
The app requires root access and hides the app icons. The apps themselves can’t be removed as they are a part of the Facebook app but users no longer see the annoying icons.
This app is for Gingerbread users only as ICS already allows icons to be removed from the app drawer screen.
Facebook has recently also introduced new measures to control spreading of malware via the popular site. Antivirus software from five popular software companies can be downloaded free of charge from the Facebook Antivirus Marketplace. Apart from that, you can also read on how you can stop Facebook apps from sharing your personal data. Annoying changes are not the only reason for Facebook to have come under fire; privacy concerns like apps sharing information and Facebook’s support for CISPA are also two topics the company has been criticized for.