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Facebook testing bottom menu for iOS, Android apps

Facebook testing bottom menu for iOS, Android apps
Facebook is looking to make navigating its iOS and Android app a little bit easier. Some users of the app are reporting that a new navigation bar has popped up on the bottom of the screen. Not all users are seeing the new navigation bar which is typical of how the Social Network handles beta tests. In addition to the addition of the bottom menu to the app, the current side navigation panel is no more with this beta version of the Facebook app.

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

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

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posted on 10 Jul 2013, 18:21 6

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.'

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 20:32 5

5. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Android's FB kinda sucks

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 01:22

8. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 665; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


FB's fault..

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 04:54

10. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


I never said its android's fault

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 19:25 1

2. antifanboy14 (Posts: 68; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


the iOS UI looks smoother than the android UI :(

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 20:21

3. TechDork (Posts: 244; Member since: 10 May 2010)


Looks good!! I hope they keep it.

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 20:31

4. clevername (Posts: 1431; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Looks like it takes up a lot of space.

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 21:39

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.

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 21:55

7. darkskoliro (Posts: 997; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Hahahaha See More! :D

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 01:48

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+

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 06:34

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.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 10:55

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.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 20:28

13. Izoe (Posts: 114; Member since: 02 Sep 2010)


the interface looks a lot like a bb10 app

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