Facebook has announced the latest update to their Android app, one that sees a drastic shift in layout and boosted performance. The new Facebook for Android is now visually more in line with its iOS counterpart. Messages and notifications are now found at the top of the screen regardless of the page you are currently viewing. Doing away with a homescreen featuring shortcuts placed in a grid, navigation is now handled by a new menu on the left-hand side of the screen.
Beyond appearance changes, the app boasts faster handling of photos and albums (“up to two times faster) and easier sharing, commenting, and caption editing. The new version should be available shortly in the Android Market.