Facebook might implement a built-in browser in its Android app
At the moment, when you tap on a timeline link within the app, Facebook will load it in your default browser. This is not a pretty seamless solution, as users are forced to switch between the two apps. When you click on the link, the built-in Facebook browser apparently offers a limited, yet sufficient set of rather basic features (back, forward, copy address, open with, save, etc.), which are all accessible from a dropdown menu. The browser feature can be turned on or off from the settings of the app.
This feature has arrived with the latest update for a certain amount of users. It is rather unclear if it will be implemented for all users of the app at some point, or the built-in browser will remain just a brief experiment. We are slightly inclined towards the former possibility, as users of Facebook and the social network itself will most probably only benefit from such a seamless experience.
Are you rooting for such a functionality? Feel free to share your thoughts!
Facebook's newest experimental feature
source: Android Police
1. saneok (Posts: 78; Member since: 01 Oct 2009)
I already got the update and used the feature a couple of times and I got to say that I like it! Links load much quicker and go back to the app much quicker too! Only problem I have with it is that it's harder to save articles or other sites for reading later. With the native browser that was much easier to do. Overall a welcome addition though.
10. pinportal (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Sep 2014)
Hey saneok, which version of Facebook Android app are you using? I am using version 18.104.22.168 and I this feature didnt come to me, Facebook Android app continues opening other browser to show links and pages here.
2. Leo_MC (Posts: 600; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
Is there a way to disable the built-in browser feature on iOS?
3. PeterK. (Posts: 127; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)
Check out in the Settings menu, it should be there.
4. Leo_MC (Posts: 600; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
Don't you think I have looked?
If I would have seen it, I wouldn't have asked.
9. skymitch89 (Posts: 1118; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
Check the App Settings menu. It should be called something like "Always open links with external browser".
5. buccob (Posts: 1563; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
why?... I actually hated the built-in video player... I used to like to open news and videos on my floating browser, while I keep scrolling facebook to search for the next interesting link.
6. lorenzattractor (Posts: 64; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
It's so you can never leave facebook...
7. skymitch89 (Posts: 1118; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
They already have, and I don't care touch for it. I'd rather use my own default browser to open links & web pages.
8. skymitch89 (Posts: 1118; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
Them again, and surprisingly, Facebook has added this option in. I found it in "App Settings" under "General Settings".