Facebook for Android receives the flat design treatment and an interface overhaul

Facebook for Android receives the flat design treatment and an interface overhaul
Facebook for Android received a very serious facelift with a recent update – yes, this is indeed the overhaul we told you about several months ago. The app now comes with a trendy flat design, which is pretty similar to its iOS counterpart in terms of looks, as both the buttons and the interface elements are now even more minimalistic and simplified.

But the looks of the app are not the only thing that received an overhaul - the user interface also saw some drastic changes. Up until now, users could only swipe between the leftmost menu, the news feed, and the Facebook chat – if they wanted to view their notifications or friend requests, they had to tap the corresponding button on the news feed. Well, these buttons are gone.

Now, Facebook enthusiasts can swipe left or right between 5 different tabs - their news feed, friend requests, messages, notifications, and the Facebook menu, which can be found furthest to the right. Fortunately, the Facebook chat window has been kept unchanged, but you can't access it via swipe, you have to tap the top right button instead.

Furthermore, the buttons that allowed you to post, publish a photo, or check in while in your news feed are also gone. Well, not gone, but hidden, and if you want them to appear, you have to swipe down.

Last, but definitely not least, come some improvements under the hood, which enhance the reliability and the overall speed of the app. Indeed, we noticed a very distinct difference, as Facebook for Android now loads faster and does not lag when you scroll down faster than usual.

Be advised that you might not receive this update right away, as it has only recently started to roll out. Nevertheless, if you are eager to experience Facebook's new look, you can manually update the app.

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38 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice. All of sudden everybody is moving to flat designs.

12. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Gotta follow the trend.

25. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

You know who started the trend...

32. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

already using this on my qmobile a900 ....

2. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Finally. That old one looked so dated.

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Nice. Clean flat user interface is always a welcome.

4. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

"inspired by windows phone 8 flat designs" neat.

13. mishooo111

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

ok, lets be honest. it was inspired by ios7

14. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Who writes this stuff?

17. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Oh, come on... ios7 came two years after windows phone. And Android was alreay flat too, while iOS was still heavily based on skeumorphism, and still proud of it. Are you trolling or are you serious?

33. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

what are you talking about? this new fb app for android looks a bit more like the one used in windowsphone8

5. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Well they will remove the messaging feature. I still won't download the messenger app.

6. alipashang77

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

I'm part of the beta testers, and have been using this version for more than 2 weeks, and it's really faster than the previous versions... and quite easier to use!

38. tankifycation

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

I'm also part of the beta testers, I was so used to the flat design that it slipped my mind that others didn't have the same design.

7. majp89

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

I see that in the screenshots for Facebook that it has the new UI look but there is no update available and the UI on my phone still looks like the crappy old one.

24. Izoe

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 02, 2010

try restarting the application

30. Ishmeet

Posts: 111; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

If you are using version 8 or 9, go to your device's settings>app manager>facebook. Force stop the app>clear cache>clear data. Now relogin into facebook to see if you have newer UI, or wait for some more time

8. andhraking17

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

this new look has been in beta for over more than 6 months....

9. Vanster

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

haha everyone blame windows 8, now everyone inspired by It.

15. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

More like everyone HATES Windows Phone and Metro design, now everyone is inspired by it. Carry on Devs!

26. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

No one hates the metro UI. Its being imitated by almost everyone. Sure, some, including myself, were originally taken aback by the new UI and the difference between Win8 & Win7. But gradually, I've started to like it and love the metro UI on my laptop now.

34. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

i for one hated it at first. but the only negative feedback for now is that i want to see the applist in grid view in wp8.

10. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Why is everybody all of a sudden going flat? Windows Phone seemed to have done it first to at best a luke warm reception. Now every app developer and Android want to copy a loser? If I could get a BlackBerry Z30 for AT&T LTE I would probably go back. Flat is just plain boring! It is like dropping Windows 7 and going back to MS-DOS.

11. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

It looks like more Windows Phone rather than iOS7. I dont care who came first with flats but when I see a flat design I always remember WP.

16. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Don't forget Zune! MS has been in the flat UI game for years! Funny that people thought it was ugly but it was only a matter of time before most devs realized how clean it looks.

18. destiny110

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 16, 2012

I second that

19. jaabubby

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 16, 2010

What happened to the sorting feature by Most Recent? All of my posts are now out of order.

20. jaabubby

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 16, 2010

Never mind, the feature is now embedded in the setting menu for Android. A wonderful spot for it. Not!

27. npaladin2000

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Where? I can't find it anywhere.

21. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

Curious enough, I'm supposedly into the beta program, but just recived this UI update last week, my brother who isn't in the beta program has had this for at least a month...

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