Commentators believe that Facebook's subsequent rapid release of new features and improvements may have in part been hastened due to competition from Google .Facebook for SIM, a client/server SIM application developed by international digital security company Gemalto that enables people to access Facebook using the SMS protocol on their mobile phones, without needing a data plan, is released in partnership with select carriers.Facebook launches Facebook Beacon with 44 partner sites at the time of launch.
Facebook launches in collaboration with six cellphone companies (Samsung, Ericsson, Media Tek, Nokia, Opera, and Qualcomm).
On February 4, on the occasion of its tenth anniversary, Facebook introduces its Look Back feature that creates an automated video for each person looking back on the person's life as recorded on Facebook.
Facebook announces that it is acquiring the Sequoia Capital-backed multi-platform mobile messaging app Whats App for billion USD ( billion in cash, billion in Facebook shares) plus an additional billion in restricted stock units to be granted to Whats App’s founders and employees that will vest over four years subsequent to closing. According to the announcement, Whats App will continue to operate independently, Facebook will continue developing Facebook Messenger, and Whats App CEO Jan Koum will join the Facebook Board of Directors.
Facebook open sources the Torch library, containing some of its deep learning tools in machine learning, including new code that runs 23 times as fast for training convolutional neural networks as the fastest publicly available code until that time.
At the first day of the 2015 F8 conference (a conference for Facebook to make announcements about major product and service changes), the company makes a bunch of announcements, with the unifying theme being that the company wants to be an integrated bunch of apps, each fulfilling a somewhat different role.