Facebook overhauls Android app, brings parity with iOS

Facebook overhauls Android app, brings parity with iOS
Facebook confirmed today that they will be releasing an update to their mobile app for Android. It’s a pretty major fix-up, including increased speed and a heavily tweaked user interface. The result is an app very similar to the update released for the iPhone in October.

This actually completes an odd development cycle for Facebook’s mobile offerings. Facebook lacked an official app for Android for quite a while – apparently they had hired a company to develop it for them, but Google then bought the same company by coincidence, thus creating an even longer wait for Android users.

Changes in the updated app include improved picture speed (up to two times faster), a shift in user notifications to the top of the app, and a new side-menu to allow easier access to all of the sundry groups, apps, and feeds you might want to use.

Although the release is supposed to be today, at the time of this writing the update had not yet been pushed live to the market, but it should be there "soon".

soource: Facebook via Droid-Life



1. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

First. About time they updated their app.

2. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

you iOS users really are idle aren't you? congrats anyway

15. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Well I could say the same for Android fans and their phones, but nothing is ever idle in Android which is why the battery life is so poor on them. ZING!

22. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

yep all 4s users are really happy with their battery life. zing? what are a 10

6. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Indeed. I started using the mobile site and stopped using the App because it was just a waste of space, it wasnt as good as the mobile site. Maybe it will be worth using again, we'll see.

9. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

everyone on this site loves to hate you lol

14. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

I rather for people to hate me for what I am than to love me for someone I'm not. I am not on this site to please Fandroids and people who only care about thumbing comments down because they're afraid of handling the truth. I am the reason people come back to PA, I am the most watched person in the comments because I'M THE MIZ, AND I'M....AWESOME!!!

16. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

your annoying and you spit half-truths if your not just repeating what you've said thousands of times already. --_--`

19. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Really? Really? Really? I don't care what you think of me. I certainly don't care for any of the hypocrites here, that's for sure.

3. mozes316

Posts: 144; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

Sweet! About time...

4. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Well, if it's anything like the iOS app, it's gonna be buggy.

5. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Just saying that because the iOS app is just like the mobile app and they are both hard to use now.

20. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

It's hard to use anything on Android without it force closing on you. ZING!

7. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

They need to fix some major bugs in the tablet version.

8. systamatics

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

its about time!!! crappy app , too confusing to use , too stupid and unefficient , lets see how it will look like now

10. Chaos212

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Lol facebook app confusing to use? Seams like u should get nokia 3210.

11. Tatperson

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

The update is available. Just updated, crashed and forced close. Damn.

12. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

things dont like: 1- I cannot see who like's one picture 2- I cannot tag after I upload a picture or i dont know how to :/

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Friendcaster > Facebook

17. wsker

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Just enter Facebook.com using ur browser, its MUCH MUCH better than the app.....

18. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I just got the update tonight. I actually like it. It fixed a number of bugs on the tablet version. My only criticism so far is that it is slow to launch.

21. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

just got the update. the new FB app interface looks similar tohttp://touch.facebook.com.

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