Facebook testing bottom menu for iOS, Android apps
Android users who have seen the new navigation tool are using the beta version of the app from the Google Play Store while those Apple iPhone users who see it have the regular version of Facebook installed on their phone. Android users that already have the Facebook app installed are given a link to download the beta when they install an update for the app. This all indicates that the change is coming from the server-side. And we should point out that the legacy menu button remains on the beta version of the Facebook app.
There is no guarantee that we will see this new navigation bar make the final cut, but for now it is something that is being considered for the iOS/Android Facebook app. If you've been able to test out the new navigation bar, should it stay or should it go?
The beta version of the Facebook app with the new navigation bar (L) and the current layout with the side sliding navigation panel
source: @Numbuh101 via AndroidPolice, MobileSyrup
1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)
It's great that Facebook is adding new features and changing the interface a bit, but how about fixing the damn bugs and connectivity issues first? I can barely go 3 minutes in WiFi before it displays 'No a internet Connection.'
5. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
Android's FB kinda sucks
10. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
I never said its android's fault
2. antifanboy14 (Posts: 68; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)
the iOS UI looks smoother than the android UI :(
6. -box- (Posts: 3878; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Good. One of the best things about Windows Phone is that all the menus and things go up from the bottom, so much more intuitive and comfortable. IOS is so bass-ackward having to reach to the top of the tiny screen on the uncomfortable device to navigate and interact.
9. Newton (Posts: 14; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)
Zuckrboy is worried that G+ is eating half of fb's ass, Already with 500 million active users. Therefor comes the fb rehaul. Thanks G+
11. TechDork (Posts: 244; Member since: 10 May 2010)
I don't even use Google+. Nobody I know even uses it. I honestly don't....get it.
12. TheLJWay (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
I have it for iOS and I think its a step back. Facebook was one of the first apps (if not the first) to use the slide panel menu which we now see in many apps like YouTube or Gmail. This just takes screen space and I don't get the inconsistency of the android version having no labels under the icons while iOS does (prefer it doesn't). Overall, it's not horrible, but the old UI was more convenient.