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Facebook for Android Updated, No Longer Supports Devices Running Eclair and Below

Everyone’s favorite (yes, everyone’s) social network has been updated on Google Play. The update to Facebook must be pretty substantial, seeing as how it has dropped support for devices not running 2.2+. Even though I don’t know which devices are still running Eclair (we feel bad for you if you have one), it’s still good to see Facebook focusing on what matters, a decent mobile application. 

The app has been updated to support front facing cameras, messaging features that allow for switching between conversations with your homies, and other various bug fixes.

  • Facebook for Android 1.9.7 requires Android 2.2 and up
  • A front-facing camera makes it easier to take photos
  • New messaging features let you switch between conversations, include friends of friends, share bigger photos, and see who’s available
  • Various bug fixes
  • Made a security improvement
  • Faster app login and navigation

Go grab the newest update and then update your status telling people you’re updating your status with the newest update.

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Cheers Radgatt!

  • carol

    Since I updated the latest version for facebook couple days ago my post swas not going to the new feed. Is there a fix? Or can you uninstall the latest version without hurtting any of your facebook info

  • http://twitter.com/AndroidDrawer Android Drawer

    Hi there fellow android lovers. if you don’t want the updated version you can always revert back to the older versions of the app, you can check out our newly created website http://www.androiddrawer.com . I hope you’ll find it helpful and share it to others too.

  • interstellarmind

    Did those assuage at FB enable Sharing of statuses? It’s only a basic feature!

    Still don’t get how they can have all that money, all those brilliant, well paid programmers, and still don’t have a halfway decent mobile app.

  • CapnShiner

    Is anyone else bothered by the sudden change in permissions to include phone state and identity? I try to limit how much marketable information I put on Facebook because I know they will sell it to “partners” at the drop of a hat. The last thing I need is to have my phone number, MEID, and whatever else that permission exposes essentially made public. Unless I see something in writing directly from Facebook that explains exactly what they need that permission for and a promise not to collect any of the sensitive data, I will not install the update. I may end up uninstalling the app and using the browser like some of the other people in this thread have said.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Christopher.Raymond.Brown Chris Brown

    The check in part of the app is updated as well. It shows a mini map of your area and the list of businesses near you is arranged a little nicer. The only reason I noticed this was because I check in at work everyday to give our store more check ins for an attempt to get more likes and interest. I personally prefer Google+, just sadly none of my friends or family are really on there so I just end up reading interesting articles and that’s about it.

  • Prime7

    Updates we want:
    -Faster
    -Don’t kill the battery by staying active after leaving the app
    -Smaller memory footprint

    Features we get:
    -Everything else but those

  • gpzbc

    I uninstalled it when I saw that they added a new permission to read phone state and identity. Why do they need that? It is amazing how much battery life I gained after uninstalling.

    I have tried Friendcaster in the past but I was disappointed to see that it can’t show me any updates or posts of my friends with highest security settings. I ended up missing out on approx 1/3 of my friends.

  • nightscout13

    FB will die because of the constant Privacy invasions

  • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

    I just use facebook mobile site. Does the exact same thing and one less app to read my phones identity and send to marketers. If I really must post a pic or something I use Seesmic.

  • zoo16

    Disabled Facebook right after they decided to be cute and add those annoying ‘camera’ and ‘messenger’ icons. Haven’t looked back, and my battery thanks me every day.

  • trophynuts

    …friendcaster FTW!!….Facebook…why you no let me upload pics to album of my choice..friendcaster do this well

  • Stewie

    “it’s still good to see Facebook focusing on what matters, a decent mobile application. ”
    Your Fracking kidding right?
    They’ve got more $$$ than anything and one would think enough talent to do so, but they can’t make a decent app if they got all of Zuck’s $$$$$ ….
    At some point in time, I’m sure their app might make it to the level of G+ V 1.0 ….
    But Really ….

    • Stewie

      And before the flames commence, you can see from my post I’m doing nothing to compare SOCIAL NETWORKS, you like FB? Great. You Like G+? Great.
      But compare the two APP’s and …. there is ZERO reason a company like FB has that app at the performance level they do, period.

      • LionStone

        Good point…FB app to G+ app is like apple UI to Androids.

  • summit1986

    I prefer Friendcaster… even if it does drop the ball when it comes to links and FB Groups.

  • David Rosen

    it’s still horrible. i’m on a perfect wifi connection and can wait 2 to 3 minutes sometimes for my notifications to load. makes no sense. then i can just jump to my news feed like it’s nothing. but sometimes that doesn’t work either. stupid. wish they’d fix it already.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JasonKWhite Jason Kenneth White

    One of my biggest laments about the Facebook app is that every photo you upload HAS to go into the “Mobile Uploads” folder. I have specific folders that I would prefer to post certain pictures to but I’ve resorted to just transferring them to my computer and uploading from there.

    I tried “Friendcaster” but that has an oddly pre-determined list of folders that you can’t add other options to.

    Oh all my first world problems are so disheartening!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    You know, deep inside my brain, I wish the top selling app drop supports of older OS faster — at this point, I just don’t see Google and OEM taking the OS update issue seriously, and dropping support from the most popular apps might change that. Of course, in reality, it may just make matter worse.

  • David Hussey

    Wait wait, there are still devices out there running Eclair?

  • MikeSaver

    will it let me sync my pictures yet?

  • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

    Test MEME

  • SecurityNick

    Even though I am slowly moving to Google+, it would be cool if there was actual ICS support. I have Haxsync, but I wish that Facebook integrated better. Still not sure if that’s Facebook or Google to blame, but either way, wish it worked better.

    • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

      Its facebooks fault. Google made special exception for them in the past. Now they removed that and added contact API. Facebook has not updated their app to use that API yet.

  • Brian Winning Jr.

    Its smooth, but unfortunately it still gobbles up battery on my Galaxy Nexus upwards of 20% in the background. I’ve been using Friendcaster because I’m fed up with it

    • sylent101

      Same here was hoping that it was fixed by now guess not..

    • LionStone

      If you’re really fed up with it you’d uninstall from your phone… like I did :) It just isn’t worth the extra battery suck, to me anyway…but not just that, it just seems to be the same old, same old. G+ seems way more varied and interesting and I like their layout better…plus (see what I did there :) the Instant Upload is just a great feature that is great to have as a backup to your photos.

  • Michael

    Insert comment about how this still sucks, blah blah blah. In my opinion it is amazingly better than it used to be. Ive never had a problem with it.

    • David Rosen

      so it doesn’t load slow as hell and sometimes not at all for you, even on a perfect wifi connection? then you must just be lucky.

  • DigitalEnforcer

    Judging by the comments it’s getting today in the Play store… it still sucks.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Haters gon’ hate!

      • LionStone

        Don’t take it personal Tim, from what I see, people are being honest about the experience…which reflects my experience too. It did used to be pretty quick to load etc. but seems to really bog down lately. If I want to check on FB, I just use the browser.

        • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

          Oh, no worries. I don’t use the official FB app either. Can’t stand how slow it is :)

        • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

          I don’t use FB much, but when I do, I go though Flipboard.

          • LionStone

            Hehe!
            Edit: I’ve yet to check out Flipboard…maybe ill give it a spin :)

          • michael arazan

            I just use my twitter for flipboard, its a great news app that you can customize. I don’t support FB anymore since everything you post on their site becomes the intellectual property of facebook, from what you say, to pictures and videos. Not to mention the hidden cookies that track every single website you go to.

        • nightscout13

          It takes long to load, because they are downloading all your information. Facebook sold out to the US Government.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1312291338 Tim Miller

          Same here. I removed the app awhile back and just made a bookmark to touch.facebook.com instead. It’s seriously MORE functional.

  • Andrew

    Maybe this won’t be slow as hell anymore. Also, why don’t they fix contact sync?

  • JBartcaps

    Do you guys know how to post videos to Facebook?

    • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

      Do you guys know how to post videos to Facebook?

      • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

        So 2 seconds ago.

        • Aaron Burroughs

          lol i just got that one… funny

        • RAZR_FANN

          The power of 4G LTE!

      • David Hussey

        Do you know guys how to video Facebook to posts?

  • Corey Foltman

    still doesnt have a “Share” feature…and it still isnt Google+…

    • otter34

      Google + lol. Nobody uses that. Nice try Google but they failed

      • http://SocialSteak.com/ Stephen Robinson

        150 million sure is nobody right? Shut up.

        • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

          That’s meaningless. how many ACTIVE members?

          • http://SocialSteak.com/ Stephen Robinson

            That is active, did you bother to watch to watch Google I/O?

          • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

            Youre right. Sorry but still nothing on 850 million of facebook or 500 million of twitter.
            I want G+ to succeed. but a this moment its pretty crappy. But i think it’ll win in the end.

          • http://SocialSteak.com/ Stephen Robinson

            Crappy in terms of user number? Of course it isn’t mainstream but saying nobody uses it is rubbish. It’s only existed one year. Facebook has existed for 8 years. Yet Google+ has grabbed 250m (150m active) in one year? Facebook took 8 years to get 800 million users.

          • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

            A social network is nothing without users (the social part).
            Facebook wasnt a multi-billion dollar company when it launched either. Speed of growth is meaningless. It still doesn’t have enough users. That’s the problem plain and simple. I’m all prepared to make the switch but not until its as good or better than the experience im getting currently.

          • Droidzilla

            *still doesn’t have enough users for me.

            ftfy

            Google+ has plenty of content for me. Different people have different experiences on the same sites. True story.

          • http://SocialSteak.com/ Stephen Robinson

            “It still doesn’t have enough users.” For who? I’ve never joined a network based on number of users. I join a network because something interested me. Facebook interested because of my friends. Google+ interested me because of the amount of rich content on there that people share and discuss. Speed of growth isn’t meaningless either, it isn’t a sure way of knowing if it will succeed but it is a sign of positive things to come, especially with celebrities and well known ‘internet folk’ getting millions of followers on it. The experience is already better then Facebook for me, not with interacting with real life friends no, but with interacting in really great discussions.

        • otter34

          How many are active, 5000? It’s nothing compared to Facebook, nope…but I’m sure you and your 3 friends have a blast on there

          • JBartcaps

            O okay so since it’s not Facebook then it obviously has failed guys

          • http://SocialSteak.com/ Stephen Robinson

            250,000 users, 150,000 active. Of course it isn’t, you expect it to be on Facebook’s user level after 1 year? Facebook has been around for 8 years. You’d have to be an idiot to expect that number level.

        • Neomastermind

          900 million > 150 million, thus Facebook > Google+ at the moment. Features be damned. My friends remain on Facebook so it will remain on top until they migrate IF they migrate.

          • http://SocialSteak.com/ Stephen Robinson

            Nobody is claiming it isn’t on top due to numbers. I remain on Facebook, but I also like to find interesting people on Google+, especially Android folk.

          • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

            Why do people insist on comparing G+ to Facebook? Twitter also has a fraction of the users FB has, but no one is calling Twitter dead.

      • JBartcaps

        “lol” nobody uses lol except teeny boppers. G+ is far from failing buddy

        • WCDave

          I say lol… :(

        • otter34

          sorry pal. It’s history

          • http://SocialSteak.com/ Stephen Robinson

            Yet its growing faster than both Twitter and Facebook in its first year? Funny that.

      • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

        Hmm, I use G+ WAY more than facebook.

        • Aaron Burroughs

          yea i barely go on facebook anymore, I use google+ as my news reader and to keep up with random/interesting people. Im sorry but if half my already low friends list migrated to g+ i’d drop it all together.

          • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

            I don’t even want my facebook friends to move to G+. Facebook is full of so much garbage. Let’s keep G+ clean. I use it like most people use Twitter, to follow interesting people/groups. It’s a dynamic news feed.

          • Allen Byrd

            Yep. There are so many retards on Facebook that don’t spell correctly. I swear, the entire population of Facebook just needs to grow a brain.

      • Radgatt

        If my friends heard of google+ they might get on it but people can’t deny that Google+ is behind when it comes to exposure

        • otter34

          Don’t get me wrong. I would love to use it however people just don’t want to make the switch from facebook.

      • teng247

        i use G+ daily and ive migrated all my friends and family to it. They all love it more then FB

      • nightscout13

        G+ did not fail. It is still slowly growing.

      • Nicholassss

        In think google+ is way better, only about 15% of my friends adopted it. So theirs not much point to using it.

    • http://twitter.com/jcardona1 jcardona

      WTF is Google+???