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Facebook for Android Receives Update, Slowly Becoming Better

Another day, another Facebook update. Ever since we ran the story on Facebook’s Zuckerberg forcing his mobile development teams to use Android phones, we’ve been hoping for some serious improvements to this application. It was once buggy, slow, and basically unusable. Since then, it has received plenty of updates and I think it’s safe to say that it is indeed better than it once was. 

The newest update doesn’t necessarily bring “speed performance boost ultra” changes, but it does incorporate faster photo tagging, ability to choose an album to upload photos into, and a fix for some other photo uploading bug. Hey, that’s better than nothing.

What do you think? Is the official FB app still bad or is it finally getting there?

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  • facebook

    i’m still waiting for the ability to swtich to a “most recent” events instead of the stupid “most poupular” or w/e

  • eddiemac

    what’s up with the font being so big now! sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! looks fine on my nexus 7, but on phone looks like sh¡t! huge font, pictures are aligned to the left. nice job guys.

  • Beth

    After this last update, I only get a blue screen with the word Facebook. That’s it. Quite annoying.

  • sgtguthrie

    The app is still slow and crashes half the time when I try to post status updates!

  • Long live Google+

  • hfoster52
  • I don’t know why people claim it to be slow… I’ve NEVER had a problem with it

  • djembeman

    I had to uninstall updates, because after I updated Facebook failed to open. It just sat there on a bliush black screen. Droid RAZR MAXX. Stock ICS.

  • facebook app for android still has to many problems and uses to much battery. I will stick with the mobile browser Facebook until the native app is released since it was said to be in final testing stage.

  • Google+ is so much better in every way imaginable. I find myself using it more and more recently. Google needs to integrate more of it’s services into it to make Facebook obsolete for Android users.

  • Rami Vuorinen

    Almost only thing I need in Facebook app 4 android is the share-button. where is it? why it isn’t there?

  • Did anyone else get asked to take the survey thingy in the Facebook app? I got asked to take one and in the comments I complained and explained that their app sucks!

  • Katie Pollard

    These minor “improvements” have done nothing to make the app better. It still is a terrible app full of slowness and bugs. It needs be redesigned from scratch. The Google+ app is so far ahead at this point.

  • “Slowly Becoming Better”

    Speak for yourself. I can’t even open it since the update yesterday. It displays a black screen and then crashes.

  • SeanBello

    it’s better, but I’ll be a happy camper when it’s native. very eager to see how it performs then.

  • lvmydroid

    Now its crashing on a whole bunch of people. Including me. FB you such. Do you not test this before sending out ?

    • JulianZHuang

      nothing wrong on my end. what make you think facebook own every model of android phone out there?

      • lvmydroid

        Well first of all I have a RAZR which is a fairly new model & one of the more popular phones & secondly others with newer phones were having the same issue ( go read the reviews in the play store)

  • Definitely getting there!

  • Facebooker

    I, by no means, understand my Android. But this seems to be an appropriate place to ask one of my many questions. While I do have the Facebook app installed on my Droid I always connect to my FB account via my browser rather than the app. The browser version seems to be easier and “cleaner.” Does the app version do something the browser version does not? Why even have a FB app?

    • Aardvark99

      Off the top of my head: The app has a widget, easier image sharing (from the share menu), contact integration (yuck), and push notifications.

    • fauxshizzl

      The app sucks. You are already on the right path. Stick with the browser and uninstall the app.

    • Daniel Maginnis

      honestly the only reason i first installed it over using the browser is contact pictures. then i just got used to it. and it continues to get better. even just earlier this year it was unusable. at least now it’s just littered with ads.

    • Jason Mavandi

      The main reason is just for notifications, and ease of getting to the page. If you want to know when someone comments, then go “straight” to the comment, the app should be better.

  • PhoenixPath

    …mobile version of fb’s webiste is faster and more reliable.

  • YEMan0443

    Not even kidding, I may quit FB and wait for the herds to come to G+. If FB wants to know how to make a good app they should get on G+. So much smoother and better in many ways, just no users…

    • jak_341

      I don’t see the herds coming to G+. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Google pull the plug sometime in the future.

      • SeanBello

        me too, unfortunately. the G+ app is MILES ahead of the FB app.

      • billy routh

        Wrong, plenty of people it.

    • Chris

      there is more to a service then a silly app

    • Phil Nolan

      Plenty of users actually, just look at the +1s and shares for any of the “hot” posts.

  • zizzybaloobah

    Still can’t share somebody others’ posts. Yes you can share a photo, but it really just downloads and then uploads it again. That’s real efficient.

    What good is a social app where the sharing part is missing?

  • Switched to Friendcaster the last time they released an update that didn’t make it not suck, haven’t looked back,

    • Daniel Maginnis

      i noticed my friend posts from friendcaster. i havent looked at 3rd party apps since they started out on my droid 1. none of them seemed like they were any better and actually most were even worse. i didnt mind having to check 3 different feeds, cuz they were all different. anyhow… i just installed it and i already like it cuz it notifies for bdays. i dont know why fb doesnt do this at all. thanks.

  • titogonewild

    just got my myspace back up and running!

  • TheWenger

    It’s so bad that I’m learning how to code for Android, with my only previous experience being in graphing calculators and Matlab, so I can write a sexy Facebook/Twitter app.

    • Abgar Musayelyan

      can you code a methlab too?

  • Sjschwar

    i love waiting hours for pictures to load…

    • balthuszar

      i just uploaded 199 photos and a video i took at a recent concert to facebook…took 10 minutes, and then another 10 to convert the photos to HD

      • Sjschwar

        no problem uploading. the problem is viewing someone elses pictures.

    • jaymonster

      The question with that though… is it the APP? Or is it that there simply isn’t enough resources made available for mobile on the servers?

      • Abgar Musayelyan

        theres no question, its definitly the app.

    • sgtguthrie

      You must be on Sprint…it takes me about 10 seconds on VZW or wifi 😉

  • gregmr

    Uninstall the app for a week and watch your battery life go through the roof!

    • Detonation

      Or just turn off the push notifications

    • kfath1978

      Is there any truth to this? If so the app is gone! Need all the battery life on my Nexus.

      • possomcrast1

        Put a bookmark of the mobile web version on your homescreen. Then it won’t run in the background and you can still use it when you need it.

    • Daniel Maginnis

      well, if you turn off push notification and dont check it every 5 mins, yes. the same can be said about absolutely any app

    • michael arazan

      Or just uninstall the app, period.

  • Josh Oberg

    My complaint is with the widget it never seems to update, and it doesn’t respond a lot of the time. I plus it needs photos, and posts with photos incorporated.

  • Mark Woods

    It is still incredibly slow and annoying. I’m slowly moving away to Google+.

  • ronandersonjr

    Don’t like the push notifications like the *phone uses. That’s what text messages are for

  • I keep hoping it’ll be good, but it always lets me down heh. I thought for a second I could tag people in posts a couple weeks back after an update, but then I couldn’t. It’s so ironic that Facebook, the largest social media company in history, can’t roll out a proper application for their own website – considering the majority of their users have moved to using mobile.

    You’d think they would focus their efforts now that they know they have to monetize mobile and they’ve even acknowledged that their mobile site isn’t up to par. I have to say, I’m a bit worried that it’s become a managerial problem, because you know they have the talent around there to get this done.

    • Pandalero

      You can tag people in posts. It’s like mentioning in Twitter… just type “@” and any letter you’ll see a drop-down list of friends whose names start with that letter.

      • Sweet Zeus’ beard! You’re right, thanks for the tip.

  • Pandalero

    Anyone else having the issue of location NOT being shown when updating your status? (Yes, I have location turned on… GPS, VZW, and Google). Seems like it just stopped doing it one day. Today’s update hasn’t fixed it.

  • Mark Wilk

    I gave up on Facebook for Android and now I just use a browser bookmark on my homescreen. This lets me load up the full desktop browser version when needed so I can block feeds I don’t want to see and moving photos to albums (which I guess is fixed in the app now according to above). As an added bonus, it keeps Facebook out of my phone contacts and location.

    • You can turn off the contacts and location stuff.

  • OhAaron

    Does this update mean the native app is a ways off?

  • moelsen8

    when’s the native app coming?

    • I wouldn’t count on ever seeing a Facebook app baked into Android natively, as it’s not a Google-owned entity.

  • Andrew Remmers

    I noticed I can finally delete posts from mobile, which has always been a buggy if nonexistent feature in previous versions. Its still slow, but its getting there.

    • JoshGroff

      That’s been around for a while. Swipe right to left and delete pops up, every time. That’s been working since before they made the camera, messaging, and other shortcuts come with the app. (and after they killed it, thank god.)

  • ForrestTracey

    It’s just okay on my phone (Gnex) BUT it’s awful on my Tablet (Tab 10.1)!

    • jaymonster

      Why would you bother using the app on a tablet? Just use the website.

  • Disqus Needs to Die

    I ditched Facebook back in June or July (I don’t even remember) and I don’t miss it one tiny bit.

    • JoshGroff

      I ditch it radomly from time to time for a month or more, but everyone I know uses it and likes referencing crap they posted on my wall…

  • ProZomby

    I never really thought the app was that bad. But I’m curious what people use instead.

    • JoshGroff

      For the longest time, the mobile site was better.

      • buckazui

        i use friendcaster but it fell apart once fb added timeline

  • Br_d

    “choose an album when uploading photos”


    • But you still can’t create a new album from the app, weak, that’s why I keep going back to using the full version in chrome for android. Or uploading via Just Pictures.

  • Faceless

    Facebook sucks either way.

    • JoshGroff

      Agreed, if it wasn’t the only way to keep in contact with some out of state relatives/friends, I’d ditch it altogether.

      • I would totally ditch FB it not for that and the fact that I manage a couple of “pages” that some decent attention. It’s a great advertising tool, but it’s not as personal as it used to be.

      • dorkus

        An email address is required to have a Facebook account, as is a phone number (last I used it).

        It can’t be the *only* way.

        • JoshGroff

          Well, obviously not only, but it’s hard to find someone you haven’t seen in a while by guessing at their email address. Facebook you can find people with just a name.

        • trixnkix637

          A phone number is not required to use FB

        • Chris

          You don’t need to have a phone number to use facebook. A e-mail, yes, but how else will you log in?

        • balthuszar

          they present it as though having a phone number is required…but it is not…

      • A-freaking-men. Long live G+

        • Chris

          who else besides some asains actully use the service?

          • Phil Nolan

            Well it’s been shown to have more active users than facebook in many cases.

          • Chris

            I’m sorry but a small group of asains do not count.

          • ajaxman93

            Your comment would have been taken more seriously if you spelled “Asians” correctly. God help us.

          • Chris

            I’m sorry kid, but I can spell it anyway I want. Deal with it you little punk

          • ajaxman93

            Whatever, I can spell dipshit any way I want (Chris) that’s my spelling. Good one trying to make me feel small, but I’m pretty sure I’m a foot taller than you and a good 80lbs on you. I guess if it helps your short-man syndrome, good for you!

          • If you think no one uses G+, you’re using it wrong. It is not facebook. It is more like twitter where you follow people or entities you’re interested in (like Droid Life or Gamespot) and your G+ feed is very much a great news source.

    • Chipperson

      SO BRAVE! It’s this kind of helpful, thoughtful, well-reasoned commentary that elevates the discussion of social media for us all. Do you have any interesting thoughts about Microsoft or Apple products as well?

    • michael arazan

      EFF Facebook and their hidden cookies that track every website you go to and their intellectual owners rights to everything you upload to facebook like pictures, videos, & anything you say. Plus they still keep everything you post even if you deleted it from your page. G+ doesn’t.