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Facebook promises mobile updates every 4 to 8 weeks

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Facebook promises mobile updates every 4 to 8 weeks
Mobile is the fastest moving space around, and Facebook doesn't plan to be left behind. We've already seen the company double-down on native apps, releasing a native iOS app already, and getting a native Android app ready. Now, as far as updating those apps, Facebook is looking to be pretty aggressive there as well. 

Facebook announced today that is going to put itself on the clock. Any developer has to make decisions and choose where it wants to be on the continuum between a fast release and a more feature-rich release. Or, as Facebook puts it, the team often had to delay updates because it "had to wait for additions and tweaks that threw us off schedule." So Facebook is setting up a set schedule, that timeline is going to vary between 4 and 8 weeks between each update, and will have "explicit dates when [it cuts] from mobile feature development to testing, stabilization, and polishing."

This is all great news, but it seems crazy that Facebook hasn't had this sort of organization before. It seems like Development 101 to freeze feature additions in the leadup to a release. 

The new update schedule will apply specifically to Facebook for iOS, Facebook for Android, Facebook Messenger, and Facebook Camera, according to Facebook.

source: Facebook

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posted on 20 Sep 2012, 21:08 1

1. x88yunkw (Posts: 60; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


When native android fb app release?

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 23:05

2. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


What about Win Phone 7?

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 23:40 4

3. Savage (unregistered)


I want 2 things from Facebook for Android-
1) Build the app from scratch using native coding, not HTML 5. Unless I'm on faster net speeds, it refuses to load.
2) I just changed my language to English (Pirate) (It's awesome as hell) and the language won't view on the app as it does on the mobile site. So language options.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 23:57 2

4. sarb009 (Posts: 286; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


facebook app for androod just sux. never get any notification, most of the time i see pictures are blurry, cant find people, etc. etc. Every update that comes is even worse than previous so i never update facebook app now. only god knows when there will be a decent app forcfacebbok.

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