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Posted on 2014-02-26
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Hi, my client is looking to build a Facebook Application for his Facebook Page that literally consists of a spinning globe of several images where each image links to a different site.

I haven't built a Facebook Application in over a year but i remember that when i was building my last application, the application would not work for users who access the Facebook Page via the default iOS and Android mobile app.

Can anyone confirm what the latest is on this as i am finding it very hard to find any information online as due to the search terms being a mix of Facebook Application and Facebook App (mobile) :-)

Thanks in advance for your help.
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by:Kimputer
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Still the same. Popular Facebook games (on the browser) are usually ported as a stand alone game in the Apple App Store and Android Play Store.
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Ok cool, is there any resources which show what you can get to work via the iOS and Android app?
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by:Kimputer
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I'm not sure what you mean by "what you can get to work via the app", but I'm assuming how to integrate the facebook functions (login, profile pic, friends) inside the game?

Resources, samples:

Android:
https://developers.facebook.com/docs/android/getting-started/

IOS:
https://developers.facebook.com/docs/ios/
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by:oo7ml
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Hi, sorry i no i mean is there any facebook app / functions that you can build into a facebook application that will then work on the default iOS and Android Facebook app.
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by:Kimputer
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No, you have to build your own stand alone code, making it a unique application, with no tie in with the facebook app installed.
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Ok, so basically the default iOS and Android Facebook App itself is not capable of running Facebook Page Applications?
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by:Kimputer
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They DON'T run anything but their own code. You CAN'T plug in your own code. If there's ANY link at all, it's only a link to the App or Play store. You have to either build your own game for online (HTML5 or Flash game), and make that game again in iOS or Android code. The game WILL NOT interact with the Facebook app already installed (it will only interact with the Facebook API, if you follow the sample codes available)
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Ok, sorry getting confused now.

Ok, let's say i build a simple Facebook Application that is literally a contact form and i install it into my Facebook Page.

When i access the Facebook Page on my desktop browser, i can use the Facebook Application on my Facebook PAge just fine...

Now, what can i expect when i visit my Facebook Page on my iOS Facebook App and then try and access the Facebook Application (contact form)... will the contact form work through the default iOS Facebook App.
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That page will probably show up BLANK on the mobile app.
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