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Facebook 2.0 Announced for Android – It’s Native, Faster, and Completely Rebuilt

This morning, Facebook has announced that version 2.0 of their Android app is ready for prime time. Built with native code to improve speed and performance, this has been a long time in the making. Load time of the app should now happen much quicker, photos open instantly, your timeline is faster than ever, and the app is more efficient with a smoother UI thanks to a reduction in garbage collection (more at the engineering link below). 


  • Launch the app quickly:  When you’re on your phone, nothing matters more than getting what you want quickly. We’re always working to make our apps faster, and in this update we’ve rebuilt news feed, notifications and Timeline for speed.
  • View photos instantly:  Tap on any photo to open it right away, and scroll through photo albums without leaving news feed
  • Open Timeline faster:  Go to your Timeline and view updates and photos more quickly than ever.

The app will go live today in the Google Play store.

Update:  Version 2.0 is now live in the Play store.

So, tell us your thoughts?

Via:  Facebook [Engineering Notes]

  • renGek

    I haven’t use the facebook app on my GN in over 2 weeks but it was updated a few days ago. Today, my watchdog app kept alerting me all day long (10 times) that facebook’s service was sucking down 40% of my cpu. wth? Uninstalling.

  • Paul

    Now please add HD contact photo syncing. The pictures looked so crappy on my Note 2 that I had to use another app for it.

  • Kristi

    Can’t update my status! To me, without that, update was pointless!!!!


    To be on topic, it’s actually much improved. I briefly put it through the paces, dipping between pages, pictures, profiles, videos, and i found it all to be quite snappy and responsive. Certainly more than versions past.

  • How did they manage this giant update but not build in an onscreen menu button? I’d prefer not to have the HTC menu bar of doom across the bottom of the screen.

  • DroidLeo

    *clap……clap….clap…clap…clap clap clap clap clap
    clap Clap clap!! Well done face book well done

  • Swmask

    Says it’s not compatible with my note 2? Go figure

    • BSweetness

      Updated on my Note 2 just fine yesterday.

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    Killing my battery constantly looking for gps now though.

    • joejoe5709

      Settings. Turn it off.

  • SecurityNick

    Does it integrate with contacts on the phone? Or do you still need something like Haxsync?

  • Tyler

    Looks at screenshots … LIES!!! Mine still has the 3 dots in the bottom right for the menu.

  • Lol Facebook is still going to be slow with a wifi connection like that! 😛

  • john r

    Still can’t upload photos to albums

    • BSweetness

      Sure you can. They added this back in a few updates ago, and it’s still there in this update. Tap the “Photo” button at the top of your news feed, select the photo, tap the pencil in the bottom right to write a caption, and then tap the icon to the right of the camera icon at the bottom (it’s a square). Then pick the album you want it to upload to.

      • John R

        You’re right! I stand corrected. I would not have looked there. Thanks!

        • BSweetness

          No problem. It’s definitely not in the most obvious of places, but at least the option is there.

  • Man this is not a new UI iOS was running this Facebook for quite sometimes now. Been using it on my iPhone 5 for awhile. Now I guess I can reinstall it on my Note2 since it will be useful now.

  • Meticode

    I notice a definite improvement. Good update nonetheless.

  • Pictures still take a lifetime to load. Boo.

  • braves

    Does it still suck battery like before?

  • Dillon Brown

    Holy, fackwors Batman! Its about time!

  • mgamerz

    I like how the first thing it asks is to upload your address book to facebook. That’s some good privacy right there. /s

  • yarrellray

    Easily the best update yet. This is so fast on my Galaxy Note 2 now it’s a total pleasure Facebook hit a homer on this update.

  • mgamerz

    That render can’t be right. There is no settings menu button on the softkeys like the current app does, I assume since it doesn’t have an overflow key that holo uses… its still based for 2.3.

  • joejoe5709

    Oh wow! Very nice! MUCH quicker. There’s a bit of stuttering in the News Feed, but everything seems to load pretty darn quickly.

  • Sporttster

    Very nice upgrade! Works great now, much faster!

  • Still using Friendcaster Pro.

  • No crappy friend suggestion at the top of the list? Sold.

  • Gotta say, its a heck of a lot better now. Still has some work, but a lot better.

  • moelsen8

    in other news, SKI SAFARI has an update too! woo.

  • I would be interested to see a Facebook app for Android that works at all. Certainly hasn’t been for me. I open the app and see a blank blue screen….

  • Tim Swann

    so I have lucky patcher on my phone and checked out the new app and there are a few permissions granted to the app that I never noticed before:

    RECORD_AUDIO – “allows the app to record audio with the microphone. this permission allows the app to record audio at any time without your confirmation”
    ( I think this might be for if you record videos though and then post…)

    READ_CALL_LOG – Allows the app to read your phone’s call log including data about incoming and outgoing calls. this permission allows apps to save your call log data, and malicious apps may share call log data without your knowledge.
    WRITE_CALL_LOG – allows the app to modify your phone’s call log including data about incoming and outgoing calls. Malicious apps may use this to erase or modify your call log.

    (why does FB need to read and write to my call log?)

    • mfzero

      To help spy on you/us for marketing reasons.

    • joejoe5709

      Hmmm sucky. That is a lot of permissions… Oh well. ‘Tis the future where privacy isn’t valued.

    • mgamerz

      You have a lucky patcher? You mean you looked at the play store description?

      • Tim Swann

        the record audio is not in there and the play store doesn’t say anything about that or writing to call log

        • mgamerz

          I like how it gets your GPS location immediately once again. That was of for several versions. It is unnecessary unless I am checking in.

    • Timothy McGovern

      Probably so it knows who your closest friends are. Just a guess.

  • ddevito

    keeps crashing my GNex. Fail

    • TheVoiceOfReason

      Uninstall and reinstall.

  • Randy Kelly

    How is it totally rebuilt when its pretty much the same and still not HOLO Themed?

    • joejoe5709

      Again, similarity to iOS is important to them so they went with their own theme. Not everything is going to ever be Holo themed. Unfortunately.

      • Normally I’d agree, but there are many many companies, such as Spotify, Subsonic, and Orb, who have gorgeous, platform-specific apps that have a solid theme and identity that is closely tied together. A 2.0 redesign was the perfect time to really put out a stunning app that follows the Design Guidelines, especially since they didn’t let anyone see it beforehand. Instead, we continue to use what is essentially a bad iOS port visually, despite the radical increase in speed. Facebook, I am disappoint.

  • spikewmu

    Working much better in galaxy sIII faster photo loading. Haven’t had it freeze up yet

  • Justin

    completely rebuilt? does that mean that it actually works now?

  • hkklife

    Finally! Still have issues with random pictures refusing to load and scrolling is a tad choppy…but this is a huge improvement from before, especially on 720p+ and tablets.

  • sammythebu11

    if they would only respected my privacy and my text messages, i would consider installing it

  • Zach Jacobs

    LG Nexus 5 (inches) maybe? But i would buy it.

  • Widget is still useless.

  • Bob O’Daniel

    Why haven’t they fixed the GPS issue yet? I don’t want FB to access my GPS all the time. It’s the main reason I uninstalled it in the first place.

    • Tim Swann

      if you’re rooted, use lucky patcher and remove that permission yourself

      • Bob O’Daniel

        I unfortunately have not had the chance to root my AT&T One X since they got a working root method. I just don’t understand why a non-map app needs my GPS information ALL the time so badly. I mean, if I’m trying to check in, sure, but when I’m just browsing my news feed… *shrugs* I’ll just keep it uninstalled until I see that this has been fixed. Outside of contact synching, I don’t consider the mobile site that much different from the app.

  • JohnPA2006

    Installed it, LOVE IT !! Thanks Book Of Face people.

  • dgarra

    I like it. Solid update, nice interface updates for comments/likes and pictures load up snappy as hell now. What is this extra menu button people keep talking about though? I see Menu / Add Friends / Messages / Updates / Chat and that’s about it. Those all seem pretty necessary.

    • It’s not Holo. Android hasn’t required menu buttons for over a year now. It’s been replaced with action overflow.

  • W. Paul Schenck

    It even runs pretty snappy on my TF101 plus the pics all show up at full 10″ diag.

  • Joseph Joffe

    Dang! Facebook is just flying on my GNote 2 – I might stop avoiding FB away from my desktop now …

  • W. Paul Schenck

    Finally!!! I can actually use FB on my phone. Even on my GNex it ran slow.

  • Nicholassss

    It scrolls funny. Like it doesnt catch itself when you stop it. But it is noticeably smoother.

  • Bobby Cornwell

    Thank you! Geez that old version ran like a pile of JUNK!

  • Good thing Facebook made their employees switch to Android to improve the App. To this day the app has constant glitches..

  • Is anyone noticing that these screenshots don’t include the legacy menu button yet the app itself does? Scrolling speed is improved. Photo load speed is improved. UI is unchanged. This isn’t worth a 2.0 designation at all.

  • hfoster52

    Scrolling so far is so much faster since I was just in the old version just before I updated it.

  • Don’t see that big of a difference other the pics loading right after clicking on them. You would think they would have 1) added tablet support and 2) updated the Cupcake styled widget…

  • jzwerlz43

    unless im missing something, i dont see any significant differences…looks the same as the last version to me. unless it hasnt been pushed to my phone yet. it says i have version 2.0 though so idk.

  • Michael G

    Not impressed. Google+ app is still better.

    • hfoster52

      I agree. Its so much of a smoother UI.

  • DanSan

    I guess forcing all those hipster devs at facebook to get off their iSheep devices actually made them do some good for android!

  • The update is a faster, but the interface is still terrible obviously and the animations are not very smooth. Most people won’t notice, but for someone who’s used to Project Butter, it’s just not smooth enough yet. And the useless menu button in the nav bar is still freaking there. They took a garbage app and made it faster, that’s all.

    • I’ve noticed the stutter on the animations also. One step at a time Facebook, one step at a time.

    • mgamerz

      There’s animations now? I am sick of facebook not using the jellybean app transition.

  • Still no contact sync…why?

    W/e i have HaxSync.

  • Just installed…

  • CM

    Immediately force closes on my droid x.

  • Steevka


  • Scott H

    I haven’t had the Facebook app installed on my phone or tablet in well over a year – have been using FriendCaster for a long time. To anyone that’s tried both, how is this update looking?

  • crookedview

    Updated, but even with all background update options turned off in the settings, the Facebook app STILL has 4-5 services running in the background taking up ~50MB or RAM after I exit the application. What the eff?

  • Zach

    updating now!

  • Vast improvement! Faster and smoother UI.

  • just updated. I dont like the scrolling…seems to scroll much faster than the rest of the UI. Like the instant photo thing though. still wont use it as much as i use Google plus though 😉

  • schoat333

    I bet its still laggy, and buggy.

  • thefullritz

    I get this message the last couple of days when updating apps. Help?

    • Geoff Johnson

      Restart and try again?

      • thefullritz

        Update: Version 2.0 is now live in the Play store. Well it was, then got an error and no longer there, for me.

        So, tell us your thoughts?

        • hfoster52

          Uninstall and try to reinstall.

  • MrSteve920

    They’ve been working on the update for half a year now and they still didn’t take the time to get rid of the old style menu button…

    • CapnShiner

      The majority of Android users are not yet on ICS or JB, so it’s probably there for compatibility.

      • MrSteve920

        I understand that, but they still didn’t bother to update how the old menu button looks. The format they have now is the old grid style menu instead of the list style that is the current standard.

  • SeanBello

    just went live!

  • Finally!

  • I’d love to see an official holo-styled Facebook application.

  • It’s live.

  • It’s live! 🙂

  • xzombiex66

    Please tell me this finally has a tablet UI!!!!

    • Derek Ross

      Nope. Just updated my Galaxy tab 10.1 and it’s still a garbage interface. I won’t use this app until they make a tablet specific interface that utilizes the screen real estate, right now it’s so silly looking on a tablet it looks like a 3 year old designed it.

      • mgamerz

        They took the time to make a facebook app that looked great that ran on WebOS, a really sucky OS (okay, well nobody used it, and it lagged really bad loading anything), but they can’t make an app for the most used (mobile) OS in the world.

        • Derek Ross

          I used to have a TouchPad, the app was okay. Definitely better than this junk but certainly not great. This new Android app is faster but looks terrible. The pictures in the newsfeed take up the entire 10.1″ screen where I cannot see or do anything else. Overall I am not impressed at all. If any of their developers use this app on a tablet and think it’s good they are no good at their job (and are also stupid 🙂 ). They need a tablet UI with 2 different panes like you would see in an email client where you get a shorthanded feed on the left and expanded view on the right. Until you have a system like that, the tablet app is worthless because you can view 20x more data on any single screen and more easily by just going to facebook.com. They need facebook.com-like usage with tablet UI accessibility

          • mgamerz

            Yep I agree.

        • athom07

          Facebook didn’t design the Facebook app for WebOS so theres your answer. That was in house at HP.

  • FINALLY!!!

  • DanWazz

    Wish I cared. The old one was such a piece of junk, it’d be cool to see how they improved it.

    • La2da

      So…you…do care?

      • DanWazz

        I guess. I used to use fb and the app. It was crap and frustrated the hell out of me. I don’t use fb anymore, but kinda wished I did, just to see the app become not steaming pile of crap.

  • JabroniUNM

    Want contact integration on stock android

  • Christian

    I’m not gonna lie, it is a lot snappier than it was before.

  • Mark F

    Update is live !!!!

  • Does it finally have a scrollable widget???

  • Tony Harper

    Video Calling?

  • snogods

    wonder if it will have the ability to sync contact pics again without having to use a 3rd party app like haxsync?

    • Marc

      They have the option to sync contacts, doesn’t seem like it does anything though.

    • Lakerzz

      I thought that Android took out the ability to sync Facebook contacts in ICS and above.

      • snogods

        well they definitely changed something… i just figure if haxsync was able to find a way to make it work, seems like fb certainly could too?

        • Haxsync, SyncMyPix, etc. all go through your FB contacts, match them by name to your Google contacts, then download the pics to a directory and auto-link them to your contact. There’s no real “integration”, its more “automation”. You could achieve the same effect manually, though it would be incredibly time-consuming.

          The ability to sync Facebook was not removed per-se, they just implemented API hooks for social networks to use the People app in general, rather than baked-in support, and its up to the developer to implement the hooks. Facebook has implemented them in general, and you can still link contacts and it will auto-update pics. I still don’t think they are high-res though, so they’re either tiny or look like crap blown up.

  • ArrTooDeeToo

    Tablet UI?

  • thedonxr

    If that was my car I would punch that kid on the hood in the face. No respect… I don’t even lean against mine…

  • Shawn Brandow

    play store says last update was Dec 6th…

    • Andrew Remmers

      “Live later today”

  • I will actually install the Facebook app for the first time in months… Took them long enough.

  • Looks like we still don’t get any love for tablets…

  • mmoreimi

    the mysterious display-to-edge phone…

  • joejoe5709

    Nice. Can’t wait to check it out!

  • Butters619


  • I’ll believe it when I see it… what can I say, Facebook has made me a cynic.

  • AJ

    I wonder what phone that is! lol


    That phone should be the Galaxy Note III. I don’t know how a 6.3″ screen is going to be usable unless there are on-screen keys and virtually no bezel.

  • Chris Long

    Funny, because a review as recent as today says it’s still horrible

  • igotgame

    My thoughts are…I wish Facebook would crash and die a horrible internetz death

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    This will or won’t prove the Existence . . . . of an Unsuckable facebook . . .

  • Daniel Maginnis

    it’s been getting incrementally better. the main complaint i always have is varying performance issues. sometimes it loads up instantly and everything is cool. some times i will click on an image, even just to read the comments, and it will take literally 45 seconds. that’s on wifi or on LTE. i dont get it. and i’m sure it’s the app, cuz i can swap over to m.facebook.com and it works perfectly fine almost all the time.

  • “We’re always working to make our apps faster”

    If that’s true then they’ve been doing a terrible job.

    • Daniel Peragine

      Some progress is better than no progress, though.

    • I agree. Every time they try to make the app faster it seems to always get slower. Over the last year or so the app has been awful. But i just downloaded the new update. Only played with it for a minute but the pics do load right when you click on them. so thats a good sign.

      • Scrolling seems REALLY choppy to me though. (Again, only playing with it for a few minutes)

        • S2556

          scrolling was butter on my phone

          • MicroNix

            I was going to reply with the same thing. Scrolling is absolutely perfect now! I can finally say that the iOS app is no better when it comes to how this scolls. And the pics load like instantly!!

            Well done Facebook (for once!)

        • scrolling was smoooth on my gs3

    • They lie.

  • xzombiex66

    Google+ > Facebook

    • Daniel Maginnis

      true story, but “if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” i post all of my images to G+ because of unlimited, free storage while uploading with the proper settings in picasa. also, i dont like the idea of fb taking my pics and using them in ads. even when i post the link on my fb account, there is never any remarks or +1s.

    • BSweetness

      Indeed. But Betamax was also better than VHS.

      In the end, it doesn’t matter what’s actually better. What matters is which site more people adopt and use. That’s where the problem lies for Google+. It’s the superior platform, but most people who want to use a social network along those lines already have and use Facebook, and more importantly, their friends already have and use Facebook. Convincing most people to switch from something they’re already familiar with, and where they already have most of the connections with people they want, is a nearly impossible task.

      • xzombiex66

        I agree

      • Geoff Johnson

        Seriously, who can disagree with what he just said?

      • “but most people who want to use a social network along those lines already have Facebook”

        This is where your otherwise accurate description loses its weight. G+ & FB are along different lines of social interaction. They can be similar in some aspects but they are very different. Between Circles, Hangouts, Communities & its integration to Google’s other services, G+ is a different beast.

        If your argument is that Google+ has a different social graph than Facebook, on this we can agree. To that end, Google+ aims for a different type of social graph. It isn’t an apples to apples comparison.

        • You got it. While I like G+ better, it is actually a much different service than Facebook.

        • BSweetness

          That’s true in many respects, but most people actually see the two as an apples to apples comparison, and just like the argument about which is better, how people view the sites is what matters. Most people see Google+ as a social network like Facebook, but they see it as a social network that far fewer of their friends actually use, and one that would largely duplicate what they already do on Facebook, so they dismiss it. Sure they might find some of the added features of Google+ to be interesting and desirable, but not enough to abandon the “life” they’ve already established on Facebook.

          • brando56894

            Most people don’t want to use G+ because they’re friends aren’t on it, also they expect it to be just like Facebook, which it’s similar but also completely different. So most people try out G+, find it awkward and say “it’s a ghost town” because they don’t know anyone that uses it. When in reality the beauty of G+ is the fact that it has the ability to be both a small private community, a large private community and a large public community at the same time. I tend to post 90% of the things that I share as public and then people who find the things that I share interesting circle me and I may do the same for them if I like the things that they post.

            I have about 300 “Friends” on Facebook, only about 5-10 of which actively use G+, yet I have about 100 people circled on G+ and around 10 of them I have never met in person but interact with all the time.

            IMO G+ will eventually win out, it’s taken Facebook 7 years to reach the point that it’s currently at and it was started out of nothing. Google has been established for over a decade so they have the resources to keep adding new features at a staggering pace.

          • not only that, but they are doing a good job integrating g+ with everything and has much more potential than fb for additional ways to integrate with other services. (the way the play store, g+, youtube and etc are integrated together)

      • No, it’s actually more like CDs were better than tapes.

        Facebook (tapes) is established, everyone has it and has used it for a while. People are starting to get sick of it, and want something new. Enter Google+ (CDs.) A superior product that may take a while for people to switch to, but once they do switch, they’re unlikely to go back. And once G+ has a good API, the adoption will become much simpler.

        • BSweetness

          It would be great if things ended up going that way, but for most people (and that’s the key – most people) the differences between Facebook and Google+ aren’t like the differences between a cassette tape and a CD. It’s not a major jump from one type of technology to another. Google+ is more like the evolution of the same technology that Facebook is. In that respect, Google+ can be seen as the MiniDisc to Facebook’s CD. The CD came out first, and the MiniDisc was a refinement and an improvement of the CD. But for most people, the difference wasn’t noticeable enough to make the jump from one to the other, so they just stuck with the one they already knew and already used – the CD.

          Most people want to see what they’re friends are up to and let their friends know what they’re up to, and they want to do so in fairly basic ways. When approaching the two sites from that perspective – the perspective of the general public – the two can easily be seen as essentially the same type of site. And in the end, most people will stick with the one they already know and are already established on. It’s going to take a new type of social site that is more like the jump from the CD to digital music for people to abandon Facebook in any large numbers (or a major problem/PR disaster on Facebook’s end of things, which could very easily happen).

          Again, I definitely think Google+ is the superior platform, but it’s something that I barely ever even check. Why? Because only about a dozen people that I know use it with any regularity versus the hundreds that use Facebook every single day.

        • Except when the CD gets a huge scratch/gouge and won’t play anymore. The disk repairers can only do so much. With cassettes, if the tape broke you could at least mend it and it would play flawlessly. Just being devil’s advocate here.

          • if you do so much as touch your finger to a tape it gets damaged enough that the part that you touched won’t sound right anymore.

            Plus, it’s a metaphor, so who really cares about such specifics?

        • mgamerz


    • CapnShiner

      The only way I see Google+ overtaking Facebook in number of users is if they release a reliable one-click tool to migrate EVERYTHING from a Facebook account to a Google+ account. Or if Facebook screws up badly enough.

      • eventually we as android users, will practically be forced into using g+. Like the play store’s approach to commenting on apps. Eventually everything will be integrated so nicely that more people will give it better shot.

  • Did they get rid of the useless extra menu button in the nav bar?

  • Where can I get that phone?!

    • Just give Google another couple years.

    • Seriously. I LOVE these renders.

    • Jonathan Bunch

      DAT Phone!!!

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      OMG NO BEZEL! . . .

    • rohicks

      Rumored Facebook phone…?

    • What is so good looking about that phone?? Its just a damn rectangle lol. I dont think you could be more basic in design

      • brando56894

        Almost no bezel, so about 99% of the front of the phone is screen real estate.

        • capecodcarl

          Where would you put the Verizon logo so the user knows he is using the Verizon Wireless network anytime he looks at the phone?

          • michael arazan

            I hate it when I forget which network I’m using, I wonder if there is a way they could remind me of that network every month instead of branding it on my phone. Seriously, if verizon gave me 10-20% off my bill every month, I’d have no problem with their crappy branding, I’d even use a case with their logo on it, just keep it off the phone.

      • SexciiP

        But it’s a BIG rectangle 😀

      • michael arazan

        It is true edge to edge screen, almost looks like one of the fake sg3 picture I saw rumored back in spring.

    • Stevedub40

      LOL, I was just thinking how cool that would be if that was an actual phone.

    • CapnShiner

      Those are renders and nothing more. Do you see 1) speaker 2) camera 3) proximity sensor 4) notification light 5) branding? Unless someone finds a way to integrate all of that into the screen, this phone render cannot become reality. Use your brains people.

      • Ian Ward

        YOU’RE NO FUN.

  • about. time.