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Facebook Launches Revamped, Faster Android App

Facebook has launched a revamped Android app, offering users improvements pertaining to both speed and performance.

The social network has removed its hybrid native and HTML5 webview experiment, and has instead incorporated custom code to deliver faster loading times, disk cache, new user interfaces, among other improvements.

Facebook said that the updated app, entitled Android 2.0, had "several" of the social network's Android's core features being rebuilt. Another improvement is the ability to tap to open a photo "so you can quickly like and comment."

As well as faster comments, quicker uploads and being able to 'like' a post instantly, Facebook's coders built an automatically updated story banner to "bubble up" the latest stories without refreshing.

Bradley Horowitz, Google+'s VP of product, had recently stressed that Facebook is a "social network of the past", and that its intrusive advertisements are "pissing off users".


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