Facebook ditches its Poke and Camera iOS apps

Facebook has quietly removed two of its stand alone iOS apps from circulation. The Poke app, which was released in December 2012, is no longer available from the App Store. Neither is Facebook Camera, which first launched in May 2012.

The Verge confirmed with a Facebook spokesperson that both apps have been taken down from the App Store, but would provide no further comment on the decision. The Camera app launched just a couple of months after Facebook bought Instagram. Both apps shared many features, including a way to add filter effects to images and the ability to "like" photos.

The Poke app, which reportedly was created by a small team at Facebook in just 12 days, was supposed to offer users a quick way to message others and then have those chats expire after just a few seconds. Needless to say, other apps like Snapchat that have similar features have since become far more popular.

Facebook is not done with developing stand alone apps. A few months ago it released Paper, a Flipboard-like news reader app. The company also plans to remove the messenger features from its iOS and Android Facebook clients in favor of its stand alone Messenger app.

Source: The Verge | Image via Facebook

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Youre telling me that a service that wasnt even available to a huge chunk of your userbase (thanks to no android app) didnt succeed in beating out snapchat? No way.

I prefer having messages as a standalone app. Every time I want to read a message I don't want the app loading up all the bloated newsfeed stuff, and trying to refresh that when all I am after is reading the message and sending a quick response!

DomZ said,
I prefer having messages as a standalone app. Every time I want to read a message I don't want the app loading up all the bloated newsfeed stuff, and trying to refresh that when all I am after is reading the message and sending a quick response!

We had that in Windows Phone 7.x/8 via the messaging hub.
That's since been removed and you have to use the slow and bloated facebook messaging app now.

might be better for android and ios users, but for windows phone users, it's mostly just slowing stuff down.

sagum said,

We had that in Windows Phone 7.x/8 via the messaging hub.
That's since been removed and you have to use the slow and bloated facebook messaging app now.

might be better for android and ios users, but for windows phone users, it's mostly just slowing stuff down.

There is a standalone messaging app for Windows Phone. It's been out for quite some time.

The app "Camera" (how about a googleable name next time, Facebook?) was never even released in my country's app store as far as I know. :p I got the Poke app upon release to see how it worked, but I think the user base interested in that kind of apps already used Snapchat.


Next up, Facebook buys SnapChat for an insane amount of money.

It seems FB has the following mantra in place; 'If you can't beat them, buy them'

Yeah I hated it when they started making all seperate apps, I think one icon for each app is enough not a icon for each app's seperate function.

Let's start a poll.. Were you affected by this?

1. Yes
2. No
3. Egg!

Shall I just go ahead and say 95% of you voted No. xD And some of you voted Egg cos you're funny guys.

jamesyfx said,
Let's start a poll.. Were you affected by this?

1. Yes
2. No
3. Egg!

Shall I just go ahead and say 95% of you voted No. xD And some of you voted Egg cos you're funny guys.

Tbh, I didn't even know these two apps existed, so I guess I voted no. :p

.Neo said,

*drum roll* *crickets chirruping*

There are people who don't require the use of Facebook, so this does not affect me. I'm sorry if you were offended by my lack of Facebook use.

Enron said,

There are people who don't require the use of Facebook, so this does not affect me. I'm sorry if you were offended by my lack of Facebook use.

Okay, but come on. You definitely know what it is!

I had them both installed at one point, but I deleted Camera after pretty much all of it's features were merged into the Facebook app itself, and I just never used Poke.