Facebook for Android Gets a Huge Upgrade

A new update for the Facebook app for Android is now available on the App Market. Among the notable changes are a jump on Google's new Android interface bandwagon, and a newfound similarity to its iOS counterpart.

The new Android interface adds a title bar to the app, a move that follows the convention established by other high-profile software like Twitter, Google I/O, and the YouTube mobile site for touchscreens. The updated Facebook app also features a home screen very similar to its iOS cousin, though it ultimately lacks the Chat and Notes functionality available on the iPhone counterpart. However, Facebook for Android now displays images posted by contacts as a feed, a feature lacking on the iOS version.

Unfortunately, we found that the update still fails to address at least one issue. The new app still opens new notifications by opening the Facebook mobile site on the web browser, instead of loading them inside the app's own interface.

The Facebook app for Android update follows a recent hullabaloo centered around Mark Zuckerberg's comments on the iPhone.

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  • "The new app still opens new notifications by opening the Facebook mobile site on the web browser, instead of loading them inside the app's own interface."

    True, lets hope they tweak that too :)
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  • This is why I use touch.facebook.com for pretty much everything.
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  • Also, the new update causes a partial wake lock. That means your phone will NEVER sleep while the screen is off, which will really screw up your battery power. People should downgrade until a fix is issued. Other than that, its definitely an improvement.
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