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Facebook once again updates its mobile app, this time the old fashioned way

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Facebook once again updates its mobile app, this time the old fashioned way
Last Friday, Facebook sent out a small update. On its face (groan), there was nothing terribly unusual about it except for how it was delivered to Android users. Some of them received the update directly from the social-networking site. By doing this, Facebook could make sure that those using the app on Android had the latest and greatest version of the app. As we previously explained, while Android does offer automatic updates, by default this is not turned on when you buy an Android phone.

Facebook is back again today, sending out the same update for its app, which went out yesterday to iOS users through the regular updating process. Once again, Android users have the opportunity to update the Facebook app, but this time through the Google Play Store only. The update allows users to change their profile picture from the app, do a better job managing group messaging, and report posts for spam.

We're not sure if Facebook is going to repeat its experiment the next time it updates its app, but for now it would appear that the attempt to bring its update directly to Android users was not a complete success.

source: AndroidCentral

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posted on 20 Mar 2013, 08:01 7

1. andro. (Posts: 1960; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


It seems a huge lof of people considered it harrassment by Facebook literally bombarding users with notifications to upgrade. Many did and found the update never downloaded properly or finally did update and was buggy. Either way Facebook was really up to no good

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 10:37 1

5. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 298; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


IMO they're still up to no good. The new version of the app in the play store calls for a new permission that allows files to be downloaded without notifying the user. In other words it seems to me that they haven't given up on upgrading the app automatically outside the play store, but that their solution is to not let users know when it happens.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 08:05

2. deviantirish79 (Posts: 24; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


It was a fail with the auto update. It tried downloading all day. Finally I had to turn off the update and uninstall and re-install just to get it to stop.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 08:22 7

3. amozhi (Posts: 100; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


The worst app on my device

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 09:01

4. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Gave up Facebook for lent, I wonder what's going on in that little world lol

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 11:33

6. Jyakotu (Posts: 821; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


I don't understand the problems people have with the Facebook on Android, because it works fine on my GNex. As for the auto update, it sounds great in theory, but it have precautions. If folks aren't near Wi-Fi and Facebook updated itself, that's using people's data cap. Or what about people with outdated Android phones that have little space on their phone for the latest and greatest apps? I know on my old Intercept (ugh), I had to use the old Facebook app because the new one took up too much space.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 13:22

7. Stuntman (Posts: 733; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I turn off auto-updates for all of my apps. I don't like my apps to change without my initiating an update.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 14:35

8. Omarc07 (Posts: 247; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


I never ever had a problem with the fb app on all.the phones i had even up to now it still works great,, the worse app i have on my phone is grindr ugh lol.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 15:27

9. mas11 (Posts: 1030; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


We need the developer of Falcon Pro to create a Facebook app. I would definitely shell out $2 for it.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 18:46

10. SpiritEagle (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


Did anyone else have a virus go through their Facebook contacts?

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