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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). 

Highlights

  • 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!!!!

  • MIKEAWESOME

    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.

  • http://www.starcreator.com/ StarCreator

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/Gergle_Gerg Greg Humlicek

    Lol Facebook is still going to be slow with a wifi connection like that! :P

  • 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.

  • http://twitter.com/papibone5 Alphonso Reeves

    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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=505617824 Yannick Mark Perryman

    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!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jackson.emch Jackson Emch

    Still using Friendcaster Pro.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jwiesneski Jeff Wiesneski

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000339025397 Bryce Altair Warren

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/jspox Joanne Poxson

    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.

      • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

        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.

  • http://twitter.com/LBJAY02 LBJAY02

    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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001458670467 Tyler Cameron

      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!

  • http://twitter.com/Scotty_Braun Scotty Braun

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

  • http://twitter.com/RxREX_ ركس

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/rsavaiano Ryan Savaiano

    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…