New Facebook update live on Google Play – Here’s an old vs new comparison [VIDEO]

That totally wonderific Facebook update that was supposed to go live later today? It’s live and yes, it’s totally awesome. Just like the Facebook guys promised, going full-blown native Android has made a world of difference, bringing forth an app that’s lighting quick and responsive. Say good bye to painful load screens, and images taking a lifetime to load. Posts from your “friends” are pushed to your device and your news feed is updated as they’re received. The result is 99% less pull-to-refreshes (we’ve calculated it). Neato.

There’s a few subtle UI changes as well. The action bar now auto hides as you scroll down your feed, resulting in a teensie bit more screen real estate than with the old app. Also, commenting on photos or posts results in a nicely animated quick popup letting quickly and easily leave awkward comments to that girl showing too much cleavage. Quick, quick, quick.

Comments: old vs new | Action bar: old vs new

Everything else is largely the same. It’s true there’s still a lot more work to be done, but I think it might be time to finally update all our 1-star ratings in the Play Store. Maybe to a… 3? Ah, what the hell. I’m giving it a 4. I am excite. If it’s been awhile since you downloaded the app, quick link has been provided below. Let me know what y’all think.

[Facebook on Google Play]

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  • Damon Lewis

    I don’t like the ‘action bar’ hiding when I scroll down. It’s not clear how to make it come back up when I stop and want to make a post (going up a little doesn’t do it). Also I don’t like how when you look at the comments on a post that the original post is hidden and you can ONLY see the comments.

    It’s an improvement but still a lot of work to do.

    • Chris Chavez

      Yeah, I think when you scroll back up, it should come back. That, or when you stop scrolling, it could come back (it did that for me out of nowhere). Needs some work.

      •!/psychomaniac189 psychomaniac189

        yes i agree. like in g+ you just scroll up a tiny bit and the bar shows up. on fb you ahve to scroll all the way up

      • Drew56

        Might want to block the message its kind of funny lol..

      • Crazydog

        The action bar on my Nexus 4 never goes away, no matter how far I scroll. Hm.


        Oh, you mean the Status/Photo/Check In bar, not the actual action bar at the top. Unless you don’t. That’s what hides for me.

  • Ricardo Rodriguez

    I loved the update. ! thumbs up!

  • pierrekid

    Still no tablet support. NIce update for phone, but it absolutely sucks on tabs… Seriously when are they going to fix this!

    • Scott Robertson

      Lol they cannot win.

  • toomuchgame441

    Super smooth… a not that the older one was THAT bad, but this one flies

    • Chris Chavez

      Yeah, scrolling is endless now. I love it. On the old one, you’d hit a refresh wall when scrolling down to really old posts.

      • toomuchgame441

        So I hit up Amy on Facebook and told her u wanted to wear her out, ur in there man!

  • SparklingCyanide

    fiiiiinally! I wish they wouldn’t wait so long to release native apps on Android, but I sure am happy its here. Makes me hate Facebook just a little bit less. ; )

  • Jay Ochs

    and yet, despite the fact it has a menu bar and whatnot built in, on HTC devices, we have that stupid pointless black menu bar at the bottom, wasting screen space. idk if this is HTC or apps that require a “menu” button, but that’s making my beautiful DNA screen look like crap.

    • Chris Chavez

      You can get rid of that in the Settings. Look at “Buttons & something” and change your button configuration :)

      • Jay Ochs

        wait chris, do you mean on the DNA, or in the FB app? unfortunately, if you mean in the phone itself, HTC didn’t include that on the DNA like the One X has : and i’m not rooted yet

        • toomuchgame441

          That’s truly terrible, huge fail on htcs part… That menu u bar is hideous, I don’t know what they were thinking with that in the first place

          • Chris Chavez

            They were going with Android’s new design method — back, home, multitasking button — unfortunately, not every app is following Android’s guidelines.

            Other OEM’s like Samsung or LG said “eff it” and added a physical menu button that critics clowned on, but made more sense (no menu bar popup).

  • NYCHitman1

    “Whoaaaa. Hey, what’s up girl?” Best.. review.. starter.. ever..

    • Chris Chavez

      Got a little distracted O_o

      • NYCHitman1

        I don’t blame you. I had to do a double take to make sure she was worthy of such an epic review comment lol.

      • nycplayboy78

        You STOOPID Chris :p

        Make another vid with your Old Man in it….FUNNY!!!!! :)

  • StormbladeX69

    Much better!

  • BrettLewis

    “The horrible and weird things I would do to you…” “Marry Me”

    This video got weird.

    • nycplayboy78

      Well you must understand Chris…He is a STRANGE BIRD to say the least o.O

      • Chris Chavez


  • RahjerDat

    Oh snap, Facebook Pop actually works now.

  • portezbie

    Why does it still use so much memory and have so many running processes though. This app has like 5 processes, many of which run even when the app isn’t open. It also uses like 50mb of ram! Seems crazy to me. Fast for Facebook uses 20-25.

  • Carolyn Vale

    Hi Chris, is there any way to save a wall pic to your phone. I see options to set as wallpaper but not save to gallery

    • Chris Chavez

      It doesn’t really let you download the image to your gallery which is lame. But you can click the “share” button to send the image to your Dropbox or Google Drive account.

      • Carolyn Vale


  • james ortiz

    its very laggy but then again the other was also

    • OptimusL

      It isn’t laggy it runs much smoother.

  • chuckles87

    Chris now she is going to know you are the stalker

  • Bonem

    Loved the video. Very funny. So glad the new app finally came out!

  • D.Smithee

    Downloaded and played with the new app today–definitely an improvement.

  • Juan Guajardo Su├írez

    That message recommending to install Facebook Messenger is so anoying

  • Jayshmay

    I hate Facebook!!!!! It’s for fake people who don’t exist in the real world.

    • Loren Cogar

      Thanks for the irrelevant comment and adding nothing to this discussion. Well done.

  • erni74

    Finally, the Android app of Facebook has become well

  • nycplayboy78

    Ummm Ok Chris…..STALKER ALERT!!!! Run Amie Lynn…Run Girl….LAWD!!!!!!

  • Joshhud

    Who is Aime Lynn?

  • Shawn_Locke

    That Galaxy S3 screen is putting LG’s to shame.

    • aw1974

      It’s actually a Note 2.

      • Shawn_Locke

        *facepalm* My bad! They look pretty similar.

  • John Peden

    no more option to delete my own comments?????

  • No_Nickname90

    Um… When I click to go to a notification it stays loading. This is usually the case when the notification is a link I posted. All other posts load fine.


  • Indy_Medic

    I like it. This is how I pass some of my down time during a 36 hour shift.

  • james ortiz

    anyone know how to delete comments? old version you were able to swipe and delete but not that option is no longer there

  • Albert Naranjo

    Meh… for us iOS users, this is soooo 5 months ago!

  • The Ash

    There’s one feature missing in every FB app version is…U can’t share posts on ur own page.

    how to do that… please guys help me. suggest me any good app where I can share posts to my page.