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Facebook Application and Facebook Messenger for Android Seeing Upgrades

It looks like Facebook’s policy of applications engineers being forced to use the Android application to see how bad it was is working. Head over to Google Play today and you will find two sizable updates to the Facebook for Android application and Facebook Messenger as well. 

In the original app you’ll find a laundry list of enhancements and all of them are welcome:

  • New button in upper right of News Feed quickly show who’s available to message
  • New design for conversations in Messages
  • When sending messages, see who’s active so you and your friends know how soon to expect a reply
  • Improvements to make the app more secure and reliable, including bug fixes for errors during multi-photo selections, device restarts and push notifications

Overall the application just feels snappier in general. It’s still far from perfect and not the best Facebook app out there but this is a good step in the right direction. Pair this with the improvements to Facebook Messenger, including a slide-out contact menu and a more traditional looking messaging thread.

Do you still use these two applications daily or have you moved onto to other social networks?

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  • some random guy

    so long as i can have my “most recent” posts instead of whatever “top story” crap they think i’m interested in. sorry i don’t care about what happened 3 days ago.

  • http://twitter.com/spdivr1122 Stephen

    this update made it more terrible. as usual. try to share a photo on someones wall. it opens up a gallery of all your photos, but not from your gallery app. its just a list of every single image on your phone, instead of going to your gallery and showing you all the folders where your images are. what the hell are they doing that they cant make this app work right?

  • Sammy V

    FB app seems to be working fine on my G-Nex! I haven’t tried the messenger app yet.

  • trd105

    Messenger no longer pushes notifications to my phone. Now it sucks

  • Tuna

    Does anyone know how to get push notifications working, all I can get 30 minutes or longer.

  • jtodd12

    Nice update, except that it doesn’t work with my Tf300, tapping on a comment will not open a keyboard or cursor.

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    yea facebook froze my phone

  • antinorm

    First time I ran the app after updating it, two of the top four posts were advertis…err, “Sponsored posts”. No thanks. This is why I mostly use Friendcaster. It doesn’t show those.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicholasruiz23 Nicholas Ruiz

    The Facebook Messenger App’s new version doesn’t support Nexus 7

  • Greg Buxton

    I had it tell me my Galaxy Nexus doesn’t support push notifications.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=789014095 Ron Kurkowski

    I’ve used the Apple facebook app and its 100X’s better then the android version. The android version is still horrible.

  • http://twitter.com/Ricksta760 Ricardo

    I’m feeling this new update. I have a galaxy nexus (vzw) and the app is much smoother and profile pages load much faster. I’m happy even though its not the native app. Plus im getting Notifications much quicker!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Schmucker/1498547350 Chris Schmucker

    Well, this update actually makes it WAY more functional. The app still has a long way to go before it catches up to Google+ app quality, but its a huge step in the right direction.

  • http://www.nerdshowandtell.com nerdshowandtell.com

    “not the best Facebook app out there” what is? and point me to a review! I don’t use FB (Google+ FTW) but the Girlfriend does.

    • quiklives

      I suspect he meant in comparison to the iOS facebook app. I’ve tried the replacements on Android, and in my experience, they’re all pretty bad.

  • romma

    It is faster…

  • http://profiles.google.com/drastik651 Jim Kalista

    still cant share photos… they upload to my mobile pics….

  • http://www.facebook.com/chriskeo Chris Keosayian

    hopefully its better, I didn’t realize just how bad it was until I used the iPad version.

  • jpfrasier

    Using friendcaster pro, let me know when I should try the official Facebook app again.

    • http://twitter.com/jcardona1 jcardona

      I wanted to love this app but it was nothing but constant crashing. Had to go back to crappy official app

      • AlexKCMO

        Try TinFoil. It’s basically the mobile web page wrapped in an App.

        • http://www.facebook.com/jdenman03 Jared Denman

          So is the oem fb app. Still crap

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Gulyas/709632554 Daniel Gulyas

    I had to uninstall it.
    Using it to check things for approximately 15 minutes a day would drain 12% of my battery. I kid you not. It felt like bloatware. Sure, using the browser version isn’t as convenient, but I can’t visibly see my battery gauge go down while using it.

    • http://twitter.com/rbrtwillis Robert Willis

      I use a shortcut to the bookmark. I don’t need push updates and you’re right…no battery drain this way.

  • MikeSaver

    I use Google+ instead because I prefer to be left alone

    • http://dasalehaus.wordpress.com/ Enzy

      Kinda defeats the purpose of a social network.

      • MikeSaver

        yes it was a poor attempt at a joke. because no one uses google+

        • Cowboydroid

          Except, you know, for 100 million people a month.

          • MikeSaver

            Where is this evidence? I ask in earnest, I do like Google+ but its difficult to use because its a little bit barren compares to the other social networks. I’m speaking from a Marketing perspective.

          • Cowboydroid

            Sure, it’s barren if you don’t add your friends or any interesting people. But then, so is any network.

            I don’t need to show you evidence. I get plenty of activity on Google+.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jeremym24 Jeremy Martin

            I use Google+…I like it a lot better than Facebook.

          • michael arazan

            G+ ftw, EFF Facebook with their tracking of all your websites with hidden cookies, and they’re ownership of all intellectual property of everything you post on their site like pics and vids to anything you say or ideas.

          • MikeSaver

            no you said 100 million people use it every month, i wanted evidence of that. I think you mistook my honest question as a “I hate Google+” comment because you got all defensive for no reason.

          • Cowboydroid
      • MikeSaver

        yes it was a poor attempt at a joke. because barely anyone uses google+

        • http://dasalehaus.wordpress.com/ Enzy

          Ah, gotcha. Too many people in the Android world legitimately feel this way, sometimes it’s hard to tell.

    • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

      I use G+

  • Butters619

    Does it finally not suck?

    It’s still far from perfect

    Guess not…

    • John

      No, it still sucks.

    • http://dasalehaus.wordpress.com/ Enzy

      I’d qualify it as usable. Which, sadly, is a massive upgrade.

      • John

        Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves ;)

    • Gorbunok

      It’s a sad excuse for an app. Facebook blew it.

  • KleenDroid

    Amazing