Facebook announces a faster Android application


Facebook today announced that a new version of the Android application should be hitting the Android Market any moment.  There are not any major new features to speak of however the company pledges that the experience is much faster.  You’ll find that once installed it will be ‘quicker and easier’ to get around the app, especially as it pertains to photos and messages.

  • Photos get better – Photos and albums are up to two times faster than the previous Android app. It’s also easier to share photos, view comments and edit captions on the go.
  • Messages on top – Your messages and notifications are now at the top of your screen. You can respond to friends and stay updated without leaving the page you’re on.
  • Menu on the side – You can quickly access your News Feed, Groups, games and apps from the new left-hand menu. The features you use most are now at your fingertips.

Keep an eye on your Facebook app as the update is promised “soon”.  If you haven’t downloaded the application yet then hit the link below!



Facebook’s official blog


  1. I’m still on a very old version. Never upgraded as more recent ones sound horrifying based on buggy reviews. Never had speed complaints. It’s a bit limited but faster to tap a widget than use the mobile site. Curious how this one will fare, and if it’s been tested on ICS, as I know many of us are so very close to using community ports as our daily drivers.

  2. Has anyone noticed how many negative comments and poor ratings Facebook for Android 1.8.1 is getting from frustrated users in Android Market since 1.8.1 was launched on 12/15/2011? I avoided updating while waiting to see a review that addresses the user experience. I haven’t seen a review since shortly after the launch. None of the reviews spoke about the complaints such as being very slow and force closing.

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