Facebook updates Android and iOS apps

Facebook updates Android and iOS apps
Mobile users of Facebook saw updates on the two most popular OSes today, as the social network made significant improvements to their respective mobile apps. The biggest changes will be seen by iDevice owners, as Facebook has actually undertaken a significant rewrite to speed up the app on iOS (Android users saw similar speed gains back in July). The Facebook app should now launch almost instantly on iOS, and whereas it used to take up to 10 seconds to start seeing posts in your feed, they should now be there immediately upon opening. It also promises faster photo loading and instant access to notifications. Finally, iPad users will finally get to see their Timeline, an update that is long overdo.

Android users see a smaller upgrade, but they’ve also been enjoying the enhanced speed for over a month, so you can’t accuse Facebook of giving Android the shaft. The update will allow users to create events right from their mobile device, to add photos and emoji to messages, and a new photo upload workflow that will speed up sharing of pics from your phone or tablet.

Facebook’s emphasis on speed is smart – one thing users want in their mobile experience is a total lack of lag or waiting. So for the many millions of you that use Facebook regularly on a mobile device, that experience should be much better than it was in months gone past.

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22 Comments

1. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

Scott H., any news regarding a new facebook app layout (timeline) update for the iPad???

4. Scott_H

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Yup, just added it in!

8. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

this is great news... thanks

15. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Great update man.

2. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

One thing I've noticed with the Facebook app, is that after ALL THIS TIME, there is still NO ability to share someone else's posts. This seems like a no brainer, but Facebook has continued to neglect this functionality for no perceivable reason.

3. a1000smiles4u

Posts: 84; Member since: Apr 24, 2012

after updating fb app on my sgs 3 ... it's crashing constantly

13. serious9010

Posts: 254; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

sgs 3 is crap. iphone ftw

18. thelegend6657 unregistered

i just use the mobile site instead of the app in my galaxy nexus . The app sucks

21. lukasound

Posts: 152; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

yeah, after the update it's crashing on my SGS2 also... they screwed something up. friendcaster it is then...

5. Savage unregistered

Uhh, No. The facebook app for Android is still slow. There came an update previously this day which included emojis but I can't find them.

6. ilia1986 unregistered

Ahhh in the name of Mark Z. - It's about time!!!! The app is finally smooth - and fast! Using it before was akin to using the browser in the Nokia 5800. Ugh.

7. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1126; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Updated on my GS2 (running official Samsung 4.0.4 ICS LPT FW, NOT rooted) earlier today, all it did throughout the day is crash, i hadnt even used it, i updated and left it, every time i took my phone out and unlocked it i found a 'FB app not responding' pop-up waiting for me to Wait or FC the app. The Facebook team just cant get it right, its back to FriendCaster app for me, it never crashes, has push notifications and a better UI that adapts to what network speeds you have.

9. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I'm going to avoid it then if these reports of crashing are true. Some people are reporting it crashing on MobileSyrup as will. Too bad. I hear it allows you to post multiple pictures at once now. For those people who find the app crashing, have you tried restarting your phone?

10. RealRapRaw

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Using iPhone 4, I am unable to change "Sort" in my news feed from "Top Stories" to "Most Recent." I can tap the "Sort" option and the selection menu will appear, but when I tap "Most Recent," nothing happens.

12. RealRapRaw

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

nevermind.

19. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Yeah I was stuck on that too. But then I notice the Done button at the top right corner.

11. HockeyDood

Posts: 80; Member since: May 14, 2010

On my Galaxy Nexus since installing the update less than 24 hours ago, it has crashed more times than it's actually worked. And if I attempt to launch the app 3 times, at least 1 of those it will freeze and fail. Twice it froze bad enought I had to pull the battery and reboot my phone. Bookface once again, 'fixing' things that didn't necessarily NEED to be fixed. But still can't get it right...

17. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

I'm more of an iOS user, but try this delete the app, take ur battery out while the phone is on, then after ur nexus reboots re install it. Should work.

14. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Nice i've been waiting on a good update for the iPad

16. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

I'm on mine rite now it's pretty good bro

20. jeff1434325

Posts: 97; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

Heck!...it's still slow. nevermind, I I'll just use friendcaster:-)

22. timposey73446

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

why is my facebook widget is miss ip on my andrioed

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