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Facebook App on Android Slowly Rolling Out Pages, Revamped News Feed?

The Facebook app for Android received an update on Friday that included a new video sharing feature, a more well-rounded news feed, and Pages, but the real goodness may not have happened quite yet.  According to one of our long time readers, the photos above are what you can expect to see once the Facebook app update has been fully activated on your phone.  I know what you are thinking, “This looks like a giant i*hone kang!”  And yep, it does actually, but isn’t that what you all have been asking for?

So what we can see is a “Pages” button up top, that when pressed, pops up a wheel to take you to all of your other Facebook sections like Videos, Photos, Links, etc.  The top Camera, “What’s on your mind?”, and Share bar also seems to be locked and won’t disappear while scrolling which is nice.  Liking and Commenting can be done quickly from your News feed, and there could be even more.  Looks like the app will finally come close to the version from that other mobile OS, but now we’d just like to know when it’s coming.

Has anyone else noticed their Facebook app with these new features?

Cheers 0mie!

  • Cdecrist

    Doesn’t work.  News feed loads and you see content then it flickers and reloads and flickers and then you see content and then it flickers and loads . . . . . . . . .

  • Yes, and on my HTC Hero it’s absolutely terrible. It keeps crashing, and data retrieval is abominably slow! I’m looking into what other FB apps I can use cause this update is rubbish – I hate it.

  • The new app doesn’t work properly. It simply opens up the mobile browser, if it opens anything at all. It’s absolutely awful and is garnishing tons and tons of complaints.

  • Bwillix

    i used it but had to uninstall it and then reinstall it b/c the new version wouldn’t stop flashing, making it impossible to use

  • HarryTorresPFT

    Mine has all the features mentioned here. Great improvement. I had just downloaded FriendCaster and was getting ready to uninstall this one. I will keep it for a while and hope for improvements, especially on the notifications. Notification pop ups and higher quality picture download is my preference on FriendCaster, but don’t like the errors often posted and upload failures. Hope Facebook for Android app will take note of those features. I have a Thunderbolt.

  • Kingspeedy

    The new news feed is nothing more than the Facebook Mobile browser site.  The two look and act identical, and some people have been hit by a bug that actually just prompts them to open their browser when they load their feed in the app.  It seems that the developers have given up on developing a usable application and are just giving us a web page that they hope we won’t notice.

  • Kingspeedy

    The new news feed is nothing more than the Facebook Mobile browser site.  The two look and act identical, and some people have been hit by a bug that actually just prompts them to open their browser when they load their feed in the app.  It seems that the developers have given up on developing a usable application and are just giving us a web page that they hope we won’t notice.

  • boardjnky4

    I am seeing these changes now! Very welcome changes!

  • Rob

    Mine just keeps refreshing now… Making it unusable…

  • Oscar

    Yes, I started viewing the updated News Feed as of yesterday as well. Now I can see who “Likes” the posts and I can also “Like” a comment. Well done FB!!

  • Emmanuel Sanchez

    My facebook app just got the new looking button

  • Dtnel78

    Hopefully you’ll be able to delete posts, photos and such that you can only delete from a desktop if it was lofaded from a source other than the Facebook app. Long overdue…….

    • Emm

      you can 🙂

    • Emm

      you can 🙂

  • Fhgft1

    Just got it. 🙂

  • Jduffy118

    got it! pretty cool!

    • Anonymous

      How did you get it?  Was it an update in the Market?

    • Anonymous

      How did you get it?  Was it an update in the Market?

  • Sean Dowd

    Mine is current as of a few hours ago, even though I installed the update on Friday. I think the new interface is better.

  • Sean Dowd

    My phone has the new interface. I like it!

  • Agf

    mine changed. BOOM

  • Rccrod

    I did force stop, clear cache, and clear data. restarted my Droid X and the changes were there.

  • SnoDrtrider

    Got the update two days ago and the update to the update yesterday and now that pages is an option I still don’t see a tab to get to my managed page just pages I have liked. 
    with Friendcaster there is a tab for managed pages and I can update my page I have for my business.
    Why doesn’t FB just pony up and buy Friendcaster it is far superior to their poor attempt at an app. 

  • nerdrow

    100% sure this is literally just an embedded webview pointing to the mobile website; the newsfeed doesn’t overscroll like the other pages that use listviews.  So, it’s a nice wrapper around the mobile website for the newsfeed (other pages are the old app).  Sad that this is the best Facebook can do, but better than nothing I guess.

  • Anonymous

    Picture.

  • Anonymous

    Picture.

  • Anonymous

    On my News Feed page, I have a button at the top that says “Top News.”  When I press it, I get the same wheel.  My font is the regular font though

  • Anonymous

    Anyone else glad they added the ability to like comments!?

    • Rccrod

      Yes i’ve been waiting for that ! haha

  • Ddddddd1o

    i like this update! i dont care if its like the iphone. if it makes android better, im happy

  • rickster

    got it this morning

  • Giovandutch

    I checked mine …. it looks like the mobile website

  • Drew Flores

    I didnt notice the difference in the update until now when i read this post.  So from the news feed you click on “top news” and from there you have the scroll with all the topics. Very nice…it also enlarged all the photos and allows you to add a friend from that main page instead of looking (typing a name). Looks like a keeper

  • I updated the app, but nothing happened until I pressed Menu -> Refresh. Then all the new News Feed stuff popped up.

  • stm^

    mine finally rolled out last night, wasn’t a fan at first, but it’s grown on me.

  • stm^

    mine finally rolled out last night, wasn’t a fan at first, but it’s grown on me.

  • Teamstig

    Just got this on my Thunderbolt. Really enjoying this update.

  • Teamstig

    Just got this on my Thunderbolt. Really enjoying this update.

  • Anonymous

    works for me. I have the option of Top News, most recent, status updates, photos, links, pages. events, and videos

  • Nmtz_001

    Works now. The feature is only on the News Feed page. I will say It is an improvement.  Still needs some work though.

  • I got this yesterday afternoon…and I thought it had updated from the Market automatically until I went and saw that the checkbox wasn’t checked. I love the new functionality!

  • Yes, mine started using the new look this morning. I thought it was a bug until I tapped on the Top News button and saw the wheel. It’s kinda cool. 

  • Jeff327

    I used my Facebook app last night and there it was. Exactly how Droid Life reported. 

  • Evans2009ns

    This is legit…I got on my facebook app on the east coast this morning and it’s set up in page style!

  • EvilRoot

    looking good on my g2x

  • Dwd3885

    I’ve received this update. I clicked news feed and all of a sudden it changed!

  • ALai

    It fixed scroll bar, scroll bar now doesnt flux in size when you flick to scroll
    It fixed gingerbread end point scroll color.  Page now returns to white vs hold a hue when the GB scroll end scroll indicator is activated

    Overall, its a good update

  • Wow, just checked and it’s in-effect in my Incredible S

  • RW-1

    I’m totally in agreement with the people who say why does it have to look like the iphone?

    Build it with the menu button functionality for christ sakes, it is a Droid …

    • RW-1

      In addition, mine does have these features, I wouldn’t call it an app update per se, I’m fairly certain that what changed what was what the app interfaces with on facebook’s servers. That got “activated” and the code already existed in last Friday’s update.

  • Anonymous

    I just noticed the updated news feed as of right now. Changed automatically. Looks sweet.

  • Anonymous

    Just got the update to this automatically on my phone at 4:59 am est

  • I had to reboot to get it, but I got it. Pretty nice. I like it.

  • yea around 6pm yesterday i got all of the above functions all of a sudden. very cool.

  • Anonymous

    We have this cool menu button on our Android phones so I don’t understand why they don’t just build support for it into the newsfeed instead of the cheap looking Apple solution. And that whole rotary dial menu…WTF? I welcome the new functionality but it just looks like garbage.

  • I thought it was fake! It changed without the need of an update.

  • Jimjk1968

    yes i have tose features! i got the update on friday and hadnt checked it out til tonight. it’s all there!

  • Bob

    Yeah I just opened the app and my facebook app had these features

  • My facebook has all these features. 

  • Anonymous

    i dont want an app that looks like an iphone version. i want an app that has the features i want

  • And what about photo tagging, huh?  I mean if the BlackBerry version can do that and has for like 3 years.  Come on….

  • Mine just changed. HTC Thunderbolt. Oregon.

  • Anonymous

    Well in this new update with the new UI you can share videos now. The major thing for me though is that now you can like comments. I do agree with you that the developers should try to add as many features as possible though.

  • Anonymous

    Well in this new update with the new UI you can share videos now. The major thing for me though is that now you can like comments. I do agree with you that the developers should try to add as many features as possible though.

  • Granted

    To me the Facebook app has always sucked because it has always bern missing the little things. Same goes for a bunch of other apps from websites, like the Amazon app. They leave out little things like being able to remove a friend inside of the app. Might not seem like much, but it’s in direct contrast of the need for an app like that, which is convenience. And it’s really annoying and anything but convenient to always have to back out of the app and go to the full website on your phone, when it could so easily just be added as simple function.

    They always skimp on features when porting a website over to an app. I normally get so annoyed I just bypass using the app all together, and instead just go straight to the website in Dolphin HD.

  • Jeffrey Kaplan

    I find it improbable that the application would change its UI in between updates as you’re saying it will.  I updated the app on Friday when it came out, and it’s the same UI it’s always been on the Droid.  It will remain that way at least until the next downloaded update.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you completely and I did exactly what you did (Update on Friday) and I can tell you that the UI has changed. For me I checked the app around 11:00 PM Eastern and around 12:00 AM Eastern this morning it has changed into the new UI shown in the photos (Minus the font in the photos). As I said in my previous comment I can send in screenshots if you want to see for yourself. I’m still not entirely sure though why or how the UI changed without having an actually update installed.

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/2df4ccp

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/2df4ccp

  • Anonymous

    This secret update just happened to me at around midnight Eastern time. If anyone needs screenshots I can provide them.

  • Add comment likes and I’m satisfied. {{-_-}}

  • Guest

    How do you get the update? Will they just push it?

  • Guff

    mine is showing the button in the top right…but it doesn’t say PAGES, it says feed you are on..I.E. MOST RECENT, PHOTOS, NEWS FEED….and so on. Works great but notifications still suck for this app.

  • Shawn Laverty

    who knows when the original DINC will receive Gingerbread. And where would you go to actually update the phone (settings-about phone-system updates)?  I have DINC from verizon wireless.  Why is it so hard to get an answer, I feel like when I had blackberry it was not nearly as difficult

    • Granted

      Yeah you go through the process you stated to check for updates. That is unless you choose to download a leaked version of the OS that might be offered somewhere. But I don’t have that phone and am not sure if there is a leaked version out there or not. But I would personally just stick with official one and randomly keep checking your updates section of your phone. Hope that is helpful.

  • Anonymous

    anyone notice that picture captions when viewing photos now have a transparent black background so you can finally read them instead of just white text in front of the picture making reading photo captions sometimes impossible

    • Anonymous

      Yea nice! That bugged me too…

  • Shawn Laverty

    I received the update

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/24n4nqb

  • Troyben78

    99% sure this is just a webview pointing to the revamped mobile site, and for now it’s just the news feed (profiles are still the crap-app version). This app is still a bad joke.

  • the news feed is just like the mobile version

  • So like this happens automatically?  You just click on the app and it will magically change?

  • Larickyd

    I just got it. Its pretty smooth. Droid X

  • Baked14

    I call photoshop on this one

    • Baked14

      Nevermind. Just found out it was omie who sent it in. It’s legit lol

  • Ray

    i dont remember a update but i just checked my facebook and it looks just like that

  • Buckgrad

    Haven’t seen this, but have noticed that Youtube clips I post no longer show on my phone since the update. They ‘re only visible through my desktop and laptop. And when people comment on them, I get the notification, but when I open it, they’re blank.

    • Buckgrad

      Btw… I’m on the rooted 596 gingerbread on my Droid X.

  • Mine defaulted to “Top News” touched that and I got the scrolling goodness.  The Pages was near the bottom of the scroll thing.  I also have all of my fb privacy categories listed, so I can see who posted what via category.  The Comment/Like option is nice.  OG DROID GPA16 6-20

  • Sep

    That is ugly as hell. The Android version actually looks way better than the iOS one, so I hope they don’t go ruining ours for the sake of parity.

  • Bdragon46

    I was calling BS on this till I open my FB app just now. Sure enough pages have been included.

  • Wutz ? New Update Feature? Facebook next step in world domination of the interwebs! lol

  • Wait and see.

  • Anonymous

    I think they’re just making the whole thing more universal to other versions, which is good because the app was terrible before..

  • I just go to facebook in a browser, change settings to desktop and its just like the PC.   I also put a shortcut on the desktop.  When you stretch the text it fits full to screen.  Perfecto!  Haters, dont care!

  • updated…got nothing – they need to add a way to tag photos

  • Arkhumlead02

    Same here. It says I should have it, but don’t. Since I run a Facebook for both a band and record label, pages would be a great addition.

  • LoganQBerry

    My facebook changed to that version today all on it’s lonesome, an update from the market was not done and i know this for sure since none of my apps auto update and i check for updates nearly every morning. I like to believe it has something to do with me signing up for facebook beta things earlier this year, my desktop facebook site on my computer looks different when i am logged in and has features that other’s do not when they log on with my same laptop.

  • lil nuffin

    i just wish they’d fix notifications once and for all.  come on!

    • I thought when I update an app, ya know, it gets updated, not a ticket to stand in line to get updated!

  • Bah. I’ve jumped ship from the native app long ago. Friendcaster all that way.

  • I never Got an Update Yet. WHY & WHEN?

  • Sfabian85

    I have the new news feed and the top news button! That sends out the rolling wheel.

  • Djxxflykid

    Looks fake and I rather the current Facebook for android u.I with iPhone functionality . And let’s not forgoet our Facebook chat works well but iPhone ppl never see there messages .so yea

    • 0mie

      Yea, it’s fake…I took the time to photoshop this and send it to few other people who just started getting it.

      • Jcampbell474

        Wouldn’t be the first thing you faked, I’ve seen you mislead the masses before.

        • 0mie

          oh?

        • Baked14

          no. you probably just didn’t understand what he was saying. You don’t seem that smart… No disrespect.

          • Jcampbell474

            Baked, I do not understand your comment.

            Omie liked misleading people over at hofo. Remember that blackberry storm pic, omie? The ban hammer was dropped bc of it. Credibility = 0.

  • Thomas Schwartz

    what font is that?

    • It’s the new “crappy handwriting” font.  Exciting, isn’t it?!

      • Anonymous

        Hmm, for some reason my update doesn’t have that font pictured above (has everything else though)…mine is just regular font like the previous version… T-bolt stock

  • I do NOT have a Pages button, but I did receive an update saying that was included

  • pendergrass

    updated it but still looks like the old one.

  • pendergrass

    updated it but still looks like the old one.

  • Devator22

    The android app has always been a pitiable joke compared to the Apple version. I would be super happy if they kanged it.

  • Anonymous

    This is a hoax, right? How do you even activate that gizmo?

  • Will

    Mine still looked like the old version, but when I opened it from the market it was the new version….

    • Drummer62

      yep that works, I opened it from the market and now I see the new one. After that the regular icon on my screen now goes to the new one as well. Prior to that I kept seeing only the old version……Good Call !

      • AJ

        where you on wifi or not ? i tried on wifi but it did not work … im gonna try 3g as we speak 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t get it… you have a wonderful phone with an open operating system. And to celebrate that, you go and install the ugliest font in the world.

    Mind = blown.

  • Anonymous

    Not yet. Maybe next they can work on other rungs like photo tagging, like my blackberry could do 3 years ago…

  • Finally the Android version sucks.

    • Anonymous

      you must be new to android… you should have seen it day 1 with the OG.. my god, it’s like a 6 star dubai hotel compared to a year ago

  • Tommy

    Nothing like this on my Thunderbolt yet.

    • Anonymous

      Mine doesnt have that either

      • Tommy

        And…Still nothing different.

        • Guest

          Mine just changed so check again

          • AJ

            are you on wifi or 3g ? 

          • Guest

            It changed when I toggle from 4g to 3g

  • I use it for notifications & uploading multiple photos at once, sucks to use as a full blown Facebook app though. 

  • Updated mine on day one, looks nothing like this yet.

  • Anonymous

    Mine updated this morning and its much better now.

    • Anonymous

      Does it look like the pics above?  Well sans the shitty font?

      • 0mie

        hahahahaha

        • Anonymous

          Err you weren’t suppose to see that hah!

      • Anonymous

        Ya here is a screenshot. 

        • Anonymous

          Ahh look at that.

    • Same here, got the update this morning and it is pretty great.

    • Anonymous

      I spoke too soon. It seems to be jittery scrolling the news feed and there’s a delayed reaction from tapping the comments button on news feed item. Not sure what else changed since I’m not a big fb user.

  • Fd2blk78

    Friendcaster that just links straight to the mobile site? Garbage

  • Friendcaster for Facebook owns all.

    That is all

    • Just hope they work out the kinks. Cant stand getting that error message