Facebook once again updates its mobile app, this time the old fashioned way
posted by Alan F. / Mar 20, 2013, 7:28 AM
Facebook is back again today, sending out the same update for its app, which went out yesterday to iOS users through the regular updating process. Once again, Android users have the opportunity to update the Facebook app, but this time through the Google Play Store only. The update allows users to change their profile picture from the app, do a better job managing group messaging, and report posts for spam.
We're not sure if Facebook is going to repeat its experiment the next time it updates its app, but for now it would appear that the attempt to bring its update directly to Android users was not a complete success.
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It seems a huge lof of people considered it harrassment by Facebook literally bombarding users with notifications to upgrade. Many did and found the update never downloaded properly or finally did update and was buggy. Either way Facebook was really up to no good
posted on Mar 20, 2013, 8:01 AM 7
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IMO they're still up to no good. The new version of the app in the play store calls for a new permission that allows files to be downloaded without notifying the user. In other words it seems to me that they haven't given up on upgrading the app automatically outside the play store, but that their solution is to not let users know when it happens.
posted on Mar 20, 2013, 10:37 AM 1
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I don't understand the problems people have with the Facebook on Android, because it works fine on my GNex. As for the auto update, it sounds great in theory, but it have precautions. If folks aren't near Wi-Fi and Facebook updated itself, that's using people's data cap. Or what about people with outdated Android phones that have little space on their phone for the latest and greatest apps? I know on my old Intercept (ugh), I had to use the old Facebook app because the new one took up too much space.
posted on Mar 20, 2013, 11:33 AM 0
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