Android Apps

Facebook finally upgrades Android to a nearly full-featured app experience

August 3, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

Lifestyle

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When former Android Product Manager Eric Tseng left Google to head Facebook’s mobile division, the common response was, “Maybe we’ll finally get a decent Facebook app for Android.” While we can’t say definitively that Tseng is responsible for the latest changes in Facebook’s Android app, we can say that it’s definitely better than what we saw before he arrived at the company’s Palo Alto headquarters.

Facebook has been updated to include some changes to improve the interface, namely a better-looking top navigation bar and a new side-scrolling area showing the latest photos uploaded by your friends. At the very bottom of the screen, there’s a notifications tab that will slide-up to reveal when friends post on your wall, tag you in a photo, etc. Sadly, this sends you to the mobile site in the browser rather than handling that in-app.

The most important change I’ve noticed: events, messages, and requests are handled in-app! Finally. I actually stopped using the official app for a while because I got sick of being sent to the browser for many functions. But now that we can finally send, read, and reply to messages directly within the Facebook app, I may have to start making more appearances on it.

The only thing missing is Facebook Chat, but Tseng and Co. can’t get everything right the first time. We look forward to seeing that in a future update.