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facebook-iconFacebook has launched a major update for its Android app which improves on photo viewing, navigation, search and speed. The new update brings the app closer to the experience the iOS version provides – definitely good news for Android users, who have had to deal with an inferior version up till now.

The new version brings three major changes – faster and better photo viewing, access to notifications from the main screen, and a sidebar which provides access to all your friends, pages, groups, etc. You can also use it to access your Facebook apps and games on the go.

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According to Facebook, photos and albums are now twice as fast as they used to be. The interface has also changed completely, providing a nice black background for viewing, along with easier buttons for comments and likes, and tags on top of the photos.

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So what do you think of the update? Too little too late, or is this exactly what Android users have been waiting for?

Get Facebook 1.8 for Android 1.5+ here.

Source: Facebook Blog

  1. Noman
    May 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    ³ ½ ½ ³ ¾ makeing ¹ ¹ ¼ ²

  2. Mig
    December 16, 2011 at 12:04 am

    I like it, but there no longer seems to be a way to designate which album an uploaded-from-phone picture is supposed to go into. The wall is the default upload destination, and I can't for the life of me find how to change it. Seems like a pretty glaring omission.

    • Yaara
      December 21, 2011 at 6:10 am

      You're right, that option is gone. It's actually not available on Facebook itself, either. That is an interesting decision. Maybe most people who upload single photos like that tend to leave them as wall photos. Who knows what they were thinking...

  3. Haplo
    December 12, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    And is it still running always on background even after you kill it / never start it up?

    • Xavi
      December 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm

      I believe so, but only to send push notifications. I have it running all the time and it doesn't put much of a hurt on battery life.

    • Yaara
      December 13, 2011 at 12:21 am

      For me it doesn't appear as running after I manually kill it.

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