Facebook for Android Updated with UI Overhaul, Faster Performance

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.

[via Facebook]

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=718999053 Grason Beeks

    awwwww yeah

    • Jdog25

      I see that they used the Galaxy Nexus in that pic but I’m not seeing it in the market……………………….

  • jut754

    Can I view comments made on my photos yet?

    • Spencer Mead

      you already can… are you stupid?

    • Justin Dybedahl

      You already can do this.  Tap on the photo and select comments.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

      Really?  Come on now, you’re better than that.

    • skinien

      I think Justin is talking about the fact that he selects “comments” but the comments don’t show up.  That happens to me.

    • jut754

      I have been shamed, thank you all for showing me the way…

  • id10terrordfw

    Let’s just hope it doesn’t wakelock as much as all previous Facebook Apps.  FriendCaster is a much, much better app than the “official” joke.

    • http://twitter.com/mike_freegan Mike

      Friendcaster notifications work, I’ll give it that. But it is ugly as sin and a really disjointed user experience. It is terrible in a whole different way.

  • https://plus.google.com/102290060063255149992 Alek Tritt

    And privacy?

    • Keith

      lets not ask serious questions, just smile and give up your privacy like everyone else. 

      • Jwhap

        Facebook, privacy…..two words that don’t belong in the same sentence!

        • Mental_Moose

          This is not true.

          “Facebook does not care about privacy.” <– See what I did there?

  • DarrenR

    Still wont work right.

    • http://twitter.com/mike_freegan Mike

      This is guaranteed. I got reliable notifications on the first version of the FB app 2 years ago. 4 phones later and I’ve not had consistent notifications since.

  • Alex

    HA! The press shot is on a gnex…. *ssholes.

    • Jwhap

      Yes, yes they are!

  • TheWenger

    All these press shots on Nexi are making me depressed.

  • toomuchgame441

    i can’t wait

  • Nathanial Taylor

    Still cant change my profile pic from app:-(

    • Jwhap

      Ummm you can………at least the function is built into the app, but it keeps force closing when you try. I have attempted on Droid charge, incredible and moto xoom.

  • RitishOemraw

    I would be soo excited about this……if I didn’t have a G+ account

  • Jonna09

    Finally!!…..the old app was one of the slowest and the most bug ridden app that we are forced to keep using

  • http://twitter.com/Rimher Umberto Sonnino

    Is there tagging in photos yet? Probably the thing that’s keeping me bound to Friendcaster

    • http://twitter.com/karmic_shift Robbi Tracy

      you’ve been able to tag photos since a few updates back. 

      • http://twitter.com/Ace_Atienza Ace Atienza

        it seems to work on some phones only.  I still haven’t been able to tag photos on my Triumph

      • http://twitter.com/Rimher Umberto Sonnino

        Oops, didn’t know about this. This new update looks much better than the older versions. 
        I’ll keep it in trial =)

  • The_ATL_Guy

    This appears to be more in line with their mobile version which the changed a few months back. The mobile version is sweet!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VURAY3E5V5IMSEYSDLBY5CETEY Chris

    Hopeful that it will actually work properly on my GNex with this update since the press shot is on a GNex.

    • KillerG

      I’m running ICS on my Bionic (yes, it’s an alpha build, but still) and it doesn’t let me add Facebook to my accounts for contact sync, and I can’t get notifications. So it’s a polished turd still for ICS, but works fine on GB.

  • ewlung

    Will we be able to access the setting menu when using ICS?

    I want to turn off syncing and notification!

    • http://twitter.com/mike_freegan Mike

      Turn off? I want notifications and syncing on my Galaxy Nexus, but neither work!

    • DanEspich

      I have a honeycomb tablet and a Gingerbread phone and both versions I can turn off syncing and notification. In fact I have it off on both of them??  I have the “old” versions still (not today’s update).  Just go back to the “home” Facebook screen and then bring up the menu – Settings 

      • http://twitter.com/The_Clarkster Chris Clark

        You misunderstand…  He wants the menu to work, because he wants to go into the menu to turn off syncing and notifications.

        The problem is there is no menu button on Facebook on ICS, it supposed to appear, but there is some bug in the Facebook app.

  • REVS

    better be able to chamnge prof pic 

  • skinien

    I hope it ads the ability to turn of LBS.  I hate the fact that my GPS is used every time I open the app especially since I never “check-in”.

  • Jon Spittle

    To solve the Facebook notification on Android all you need to do is sign in to Facebook on a Blackberry, sign out, then go to account settings on Facebook PC site, then other notifications scroll down to Blackberry and allow the app.
    Once done this will solve the notification issue, I did this and mine and my partners work 100% now!

    • Chris

      Notifications have been fixed in the new version.  Before I was getting 1-2 notifications a month, I’ve gotten 4 in the last hour.  So much better.

  • http://profiles.google.com/tsusai Matt M

    Hope they fixed the unnecessary GPS activation and poor coding that causes FCs on non GPS android devices like CM7 nook color.

  • http://twitter.com/NERV_REl NERV

    when will it be on the market

  • http://www.planwise.com/ Ryan Paredez

    I keep going into the market looking for the update… fuck I hate waiting 

  • http://www.facebook.com/twilightwolf90 Andrew Ryan Shomette

    7:04 EST and still not in the Market.  Their Facebook app is buggy as all hell.  Can’t wait to see what new bugs they introduce in this one.

  • Guest

    I hope this means the app will finally work right on my Sensation. I tried to view comments on a post today and the app locked.

  • Mike j

    Its live now

  • Trey Carmine

    Still as terrible and buggy as ever on my dx. I’ve seen slight, and I mean slight improvement in the last year. All I know is the ios version of this ui was so terrible my friend wouldn’t keep it on his device.

    • HalfwayCrook

      The ui is nice but its buggy and it laaaags

  • Ryan chandler

    Please tell me that they finally fixed the crash in honeycomb where clicking friends caused a force close EVERY SINGLE TIME, even after updating it to be “compatible”

  • lMonsterl

    I hate it. sticking with the most stable version 1.5