Facebook native Android app now live and twice as fast

Facebook native Android app now live and twice as fast
We've been hearing talk about the update for a while, and it has finally become a reality. First, we saw that Facebook transitioned its iOS app to native code. Then, Facebook began dogfooding its Android app in house, forcing everyone to understand how bad it was, and promised a native code Android app. Now, Facebook 2.0 is live in the Google Play Store. It's native code, and twice as fast as the old app.

Facebook native Android app now live and twice as fast
We've tried it, and it really is a slick upgrade. Everything about the app is faster: navigation, scrolling, links, pictures. Everything is fast and smooth, and of course even the app itself launches faster than before. No feature updates with this version, but even so it feels like a new app. We only saw a few hitches and stutters on a Nexus 4.

If you're an ubernerd, Facebook has also posted engineering notes about the update and what the team had to do to make the app perform the way it does. Pretty interesting stuff about making garbage collection more efficient, writing a custom bus, and putting photos in a native heap. You know, interesting if you're into that sort of stuff. 

If you want to grab the new native Facebook app, just head over to the Google Play Store

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24 Comments

1. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Downloading now...

2. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

There is one feature lacking that I don't quite understand why? It's not possible to save/download a picture in the Android version of Facebook. Simple enough feature but it's not there. Why do we have to capture a screenshot? It's silly.

3. menny07

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Same here! I get so frustrated when I can't download a good meme or something lol. The screenshot is a good idea. Big difference in speed, though. It was so bad I had to use the browser..

5. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

On my Razr, I just open up the pic, then press the menu key, press the share button and then send a txt to myself with the pic...and it is now saved to my phone. You can also share it back to facebook and whatever other sharing option you have.

6. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Easy workaround. Good tip!

15. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Yea I've done that as well, you can even save it as your friends contact picture and etc, but my question is, why? Why go through that just to save a picture. Should just have a save button. I'm positive it's not that tough to add.

20. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

If you are having issues with saving pictures, 3rd party apps are there. I prefer, HaxSync (in case you don't mind paying 1$). Keeps refreshing it without the need for me to download it.

22. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Yea I know there are solutions, trust. I just don't get why the feature isn't there to begin with on Facebook.

4. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Just updated the app. It is a lot faster at loading up pics and the scrolling is super smooth. Good job to the dev at Facebook.

7. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i can confirm that this is a lot faster on my Razr MAXX HD. o:

8. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

It doesn't suck on my phone. Going to try it on my tablet later. It does break Pulse's integration with FB. Workaround is just to use the general app share and pick the FB app. The direct share to FB no longer works.

18. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Still sucks on my tablet. I have a Transformer with a keyboard dock, so I always use it in landscape mode. It looks horrible. FB needs to force their staff to use Android tablets in landscape.

9. AWiseGuy

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Even on my HTC Thunderbolt, a dinosaur in the tech world, this update works to make the app much more fluid and usable. I'm quite happy with it. It isn't perfect yet, but it definitely shows that Facebook is working in the right direction and that future updates should, assuming they continue working along the same lines, make things even better.

10. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

Yeah, they seem to have finally made the Facebook app for Android a quality app. Kudos to them for making their staff use it so they can see the crappy job they did on it up until now.

11. Cesar

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

It was running very well on my S III even smothy and now i update today and is faster but it is LAGGY!! even with Jelly Bean! Need to improve that and faster :/

12. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Still doesn't update the status's in the widget on my EVO LTE :(

13. prakesh

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

now, its laggy when you scroll it, with my s3 . i did clear cache reinstall. restart my phone :-(

14. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Definitely a huge improvement. Scrolling is smoother, the app loads faster. Great job to the developers on this update. Works like a dream on my Galaxy Nexus.

16. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Thoroughly impressed with the update. Very impressed with the make over they made on messaging as well.

17. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

love the old UI. but this fast

19. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

It still stutters.

21. omacmagic

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Finally, will try on my new nexus 4 that I got yesterday :)

23. acier92

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 11, 2012

I love the update, it's really good. But I have this one grouse that the little strip on the top that houses "Status, Photo, Check In" isn't always available. You need to scroll up fast or explicitly hit on "News Feed" to get it back. But, that's just a bit of nitpicking, really.

24. andynaija

Posts: 1243; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Wow just when it's updated is the same time I lose my phone :/

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