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Facebook is testing an in-app browser that may not suck

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Facebook is testing an in-app browser that may not suck
For the most part, the in-app browser available in the Facebook app is serviceable. It's nothing special, but it gets the job done. Honestly, it doesn't really need to do much, because plenty of studies show that people are more likely to read a headline and jump straight to the comments section rather than reading actual content. But, it looks like Facebook wants to upgrade the experience anyway. 

A photo has leaked which appears to show that Facebook is testing a new in-app browser. The new browser has reportedly been in testing for more than one month now and it brings a few changes. First of all, the browser will now allow you to access the address bar and type in URLs manually. It may not be the most useful feature, but it is pretty obvious that Facebook is hoping it will keep users in the main Facebook app longer, even if being in the app doesn't mean viewing Facebook content (and ads). 

Additionally, there is a new bar at the bottom with proper back and forward navigation buttons (probably the best addition), as well as showing how popular the link is on Facebook and giving an option to bookmark a page, which we assume will also save the page for offline reading. Lastly, there is a menu button that will undoubtedly house more options, but there's no word on what those options are right now. 

There's no word on when Facebook plans the official rollout of the new browser. So far, it appears to be in testing with a pretty small set of iOS users. Given Facebook's history, we'd assume the feature will hit iOS first and then Android whenever Facebook remembers that the platform exists. 

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posted on 18 Jan 2016, 13:59 4

1. SirYar (Posts: 351; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

They should make sure their site doesn't suck first.

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 14:20

2. Tizo101 (Posts: 515; Member since: 05 Jun 2015)

1.4 billion Android devices and counting - Facebook will remember lol classic iphonearena

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 14:53

4. Tziggy14 (Posts: 539; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)

How many Android users actually click on FB ads to actually buy something?


posted on 18 Jan 2016, 14:49

3. Tziggy14 (Posts: 539; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)

Taking users away from Chrome i see.

They're giving Google more fears and reason to kick these guys out of the Play Store if this keeps up.

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 16:17

5. Wiencon (Posts: 2023; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)

Why? Is Google or Apple kicking every alternative web browser from their stores?

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 22:16

6. Sovat_fc (Posts: 224; Member since: 30 Aug 2014)

You can't assume everyone else owning Android devices uses Chrome as their main browser.

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 06:21

7. NICEBOY_1373 (Posts: 21; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

But I already have this new thing since a few months ago...
Actually it was better at first because I could use gesture to go back, not swipe down gesture... Apple's own swipe right gesture... Then they removed gesture and made it black! And now it's blue again!
I can't post pictures here though... There isn't an option for doing it.

There are "view all saved links" and "open in safari" options in that menu button and yes, you can enter web addresses manually In it.

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