The rivalry between Google and Facebook seems to have gotten in the way of a really useful feature from Gingerbread: Facebook contact sync. Currently my Verizon Galaxy Nexus has the ability to add accounts for Google, Twitter, LinkedIn. There is even a Facebook entry in the add account list. However, clicking that does nothing.

I see that in 4.0.3 there are new social contacts APIs that will let 3rd parties extend this feature with checkins and posts. Is there a way to enable Facebook contact syncing in ICS (with or without 4.0.3)?

  • This is one area where manufacturer customizations are better. HTC's Sense does a great job of social network integration, it even supports Flickr so you can see your contacts' latest photos. – Rex Feb 24 '12 at 6:16
  • @Rex: I have only used Sense on someone else's phone, but I was really unimpressed. It may add some useful features, but personally I think features like social network integration should be built-in. Maybe Sense has gotten better since I last used it (admittedly it was more than a year ago). – Alan LaMielle Feb 24 '12 at 17:23
  • Yes, sense 3.0 is the newest. Had very impressive widgets and theme support. You can also customize the lock screen in multiple layouts, and directly open some apps from it. – Rex Feb 25 '12 at 18:37

I use Hax Sync on my Nexus. Works perfectly for ICS, it will sync high quality photos (if they are available to sync). I highly recommend it.

  • All 3rd party apps in market doesn't sync contact phone number details. (I dont think that contact sync only for pictures will be useful) - HexSync also sync contact details - except phone numbers. Too bad :( – user15643 Jun 4 '12 at 10:52
  • @swapnil I don't think the facebook API lets you pull down phone numbers? I think that's what I've heard before – Bryan Denny Jun 4 '12 at 14:20

There are a number of 3rd-party apps available on the Market that can help with Facebook contacts sync. Judging from comments, Friends Sync and other similar apps seem to do the job on ICS.

  • Thanks for the answer. I'll leave this open for a while longer to see if anyone has 1st party solutions (native Android trick or something directly from Facebook). If nothing comes up I'll accept your answer. – Alan LaMielle Feb 23 '12 at 21:57
  • If you look for the official facebook app on the market, you won't find anything else offered by them, so it's highly unlikely that there would offer something else. – Rex Feb 24 '12 at 6:13

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