Facebook for Android finally has some parity with its iOS counterpart. The recent update to version 2.0 for Android devices vastly improves the app’s speed and performance, which until now had been desperately behind Apple’s mobile platform.
The focus of the effort is one area: speed.
After using it over the weekend I can say it is a much more pleasant experience than I previously had on Android with Facebook. The iOS version still trumps it with more features, but for now the speed improvement is welcome.
Menus appear almost instantaneously. Some of the more improved graphical touches are here, such as pop out menus for comments and a more animated “Like” button.
Also, when opening the menu on the left the new sections load almost instantly. A notification bar appears at the top of the application to inform you about new stories added to the stream.
The Facebook mobile experience has always been hit-and-miss, with even founder Mark Zuckerberg at times admitting the company missed the mark when mobile Internet use exploded. The company has been catching up by rewriting its applications with native code in leiu of HTML5. This change means the applications will perform faster on their specific platforms as the code is geared toward those operating systems.
The full changelog from Google Play:
Keeping up with friends is faster than ever. • News feed and your Timeline load faster • Photos open with a tap so you can quickly like and comment • New Stories bar lets you see more stories without refreshing
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