January 28, 2011 | by Lars Aronsson
Facebook for Android has been updated to version 1.5.1, and the latest release from the humongous social network adds support for local deals. The idea is that you via the Facebook app will be able to get free offers, savings, and special deals from nearby businesses.
To see if you have any local deals available, you need to check in to Facebook’s Places feature. The latest Facebook version also includes a number of bug fixes, and the changelog on the Market lists chat and push notifications as well, but those additions have been around for a while.
I know that Facebook for Android has received a lot of criticism since it first was released in September 2009, and that many people still think it’s so-so. However, I actually think the Facebook app is quite alright now. I just wish that we could see if we have any new notifications directly from the news feed, like on the mobile website, so we don’t have to go to a separate section of the app for that.
What new features would you like to see in Facebook for Android?
Update: Facebook has not stated whether or not the new Deals feature is available everywhere, or only in the U.S. Please drop a comment if you’ve been able to find deals outside America.