May 27, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
When they aren’t busy fighting off uproars over privacy controls, Facebook is hard at work at making its service friendlier to developers. The latest effort is the release of the Facebook SDK for Android, a new development tool that will hopefully lead to better integration with Facebook for third-party apps.
Highlights from the new SDK include:
OAuth 2.0 authentication, which removes the need for use those annoying “tokens” whenever they try to log-in to Facebook through 3rd-party apps like Babbler and Bloo.
Inclusion of the Graph API, which is part of Facebook’s recently-announced expansion of information developers are able to access and utilize in their products.
Publish to Facebook via Feed forms, making it easier to grant permission to apps to post your activity to Facebook (if you choose).
Facebook describes this as a way to make applications more social with “only a few lines of Java.” That gives developers a chance to include Facebook in their apps and authenticate in a much easier way.
Developers can now access the Facebook SDK by visiting the Github page for Facebook.