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Facebook updates Android and iOS apps

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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.

App links: Google Play, Apple App Store

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posted on 23 Aug 2012, 12:42 2

1. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

Scott H.,

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

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 13:07 3

4. Scott_H (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)

Yup, just added it in!

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 13:53 2

8. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

this is great news... thanks

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 18:06 1

15. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

Great update man.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 12:51 3

2. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 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.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 12:57 6

3. a1000smiles4u (Posts: 84; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 16:10 4

13. serious9010 (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

sgs 3 is crap. iphone ftw

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 19:21

18. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

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

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 05:53

21. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

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

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 13:18 4

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.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 13:18 1

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.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 13:25

7. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 1039; Member since: 12 Apr 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.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 14:08

9. Stuntman (Posts: 836; Member since: 01 Aug 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?

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 14:56

10. RealRapRaw (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Dec 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.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 15:09

12. RealRapRaw (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


posted on 24 Aug 2012, 00:17

19. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 221; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

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

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 15:04

11. HockeyDood (Posts: 74; Member since: 14 May 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...

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 18:10 1

17. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 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.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 16:38 4

14. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

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

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 18:08 2

16. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 01:36

20. jeff1434325 (Posts: 97; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 17:24

22. timposey73446 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)

why is my facebook widget is miss ip on my andrioed

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