Facebook’s brand new Android app launches today

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Facebook for Android always had its fair share of problems. You can’t read through reviews on Google Play without running into some very unhappy users. To date, Facebook for Android has accumulated 1,102,676 1-star reviews. That’s not good. Facebook promised to revamp its Android application to make it more usable, and today we’ll be able to test it for ourselves. Facebook has updated the Facebook for Android page on Google Play. Facebook says it rebuilt the entire app using code that’s native to Android. In previous versions of the app, Facebook relied on a combination of native code and HTML5.

Facebook’s changes are primarily under the hood. The app’s visual design has not changed. Facebook has not adopted Android’s Holo guidelines.

The result of using native code results in faster performance across the board. I noticed a big improvement in scrolling speed within the News Feed. Photos from the News Feed also display instantly without need to load. You can also horizontally scroll through multiple photos in the News Feed if they were uploaded at the same time. I’m not sure if this is a new feature, but I hadn’t noticed it before.

This update lays the foundation for an even better Facebook for Android experience. Based on what I’ve seen so far, the feature looks brighter than ever.

Google Play Link [Facebook for Android]


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  • Steve

    My complaint is that you still can’t manage a page or even see the pages posts from the app. If people only visit our page from the app they only see what people are saying.