Social media integration in modern devices is a beautiful thing. This is especially true for those who simply cannot seem to stay away from the likes of Twitter, Google+, and Facebook. All of the aforementioned have evolved quite nicely and have taken root deep within the entrails of our UI. Granted, AOSP in its purest form is free from all this, but the same cannot be said about skins such as HTC Sense. Why do I bring up HTC in particular, you may ask? Sense has, ever since the days of Windows Mobile, been hard at work trying to get you in touch with the world directly from your home screen. Fast forward to 2013 and the release of the HTC One, and we see that we are presently at Sense 5 with Facebook fully integrated into the UI.
That said, there are some downsides to full blown integration like the one in Sense 5. For instance when opened, the gallery application will sync with your contacts’ Facebook profiles and populate your gallery with the pictures. XDA Forum Member Riyal thought that was a bit cumbersome and decided to do something about it. This was done by creating a small mod that prevents the gallery from populating itself with FB contact pictures as well. Moreover, the dev decided to leave the Social thumbnail there, as it serves as a link to open up the part of the gallery that would have otherwise been filled right away with the pics. In other words, the contact pics become an on-demand thing as opposed to automatically loading.
The mod can be either cooked in a ROM or installed by itself. Please take it for a spin and let the dev know if it worked well or not.
By default whenever you are logged in to facebook the HTC Gallery app would download all the profile pictures of your friends and show it in the main window of your gallery thus cluttering the main window of your gallery with pictures that you don’t even own.