December 7, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Facebook announced today that it will begin rolling out a new version of the official Facebook Android app. Long a source of complaint, frustration, and force close errors, the latest version of Facebook seeks not only to redesign the app visually but performance-wise.
But you’ve heard that one before, haven’t you?
Multiple Facebook updates made Android fans, present company included, giddy to see some much-needed changes made to the app, only to discover within a few days that the app was a magnet for errors, poor performance, or missing features. On the company’s blog, Facebook employee Keith Peiris dangles another carrot of hope by saying that it’s now “quicker and easier to view photos, get messages and navigate around the app.”
Facebook for Android supposedly loads galleries twice as fast. It also is easier to share a photo, view a comment, see tags, or edit captions within the app. One can only assume, or hope, that similar courtesies were extended to other areas of the app.
The new Facebook UI more closely resembles the conventions of Facebook’s HTML5 iPad app. The Menu button is hidden to the left side of the screen, but shows links for the News Feed, Messages, Location, Events, Friends, and search bar when tapped. There’s also Friends/Messages/Notifications bar in the top bar that features in-line viewing. So if you get a message while browsing the phone, you can reply directly within the app without having to leave the page.
The update should appear in the Android Market today. Feel free to let us know if this is finally the Facebook app to make you stop complaining.