Facebook For Android Updated – Native Code Speed Improvements Introduced

By Prarthito Maity | Dec 15, 2012 08:42 AM EST

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While Facebook for iOS was revamped a few months back with new updates and modifications, it did not mean that the company would forget its Android users. Now, per reports, Android users are starting to receive the same set of improvements and modifications for the Android-based Facebook app.

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The current set of improvements that have now been pushed out for Android users were provided to iOS users a few months back. At the time, with the arrival of a newly revamped version of Facebook, the app ditched its reliance on HTML5 and implemented some native code, resulting in an increase in speed. However, since then, Android users have been waiting to see the same set of improvements on the Android version of the app as well, and now the wait seems to over.

“Today we're announcing a faster Facebook app for people who use Android devices. Facebook for Android 2.0 is twice as fast when looking at photos and opening your Timeline and noticeably quicker to launch,” the official Facebook Newsroom page states. “When you’re on your phone, nothing matters more than getting what you want quickly. We're always working to make our apps faster, and in this update we've rebuilt news feed, notifications and Timeline for speed.”

The new update will let users to tap on any photo and open it right away while scrolling through photo albums without leaving news feed. The Timeline can also be accessed much faster that before and users will be able to view updates and photos in a flash.

However, while the details were revealed by the company, it earlier seemed like the Play Store still had the old version of the Facebook app. However, the company promised that Facebook 2.0 would be arriving a little later, and the company has kept its promise with the newly updated Facebook app now revealed and ready for upgradation by users.

When the same set of improvements arrived for iOS users earlier, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talked about how native apps were going to be the future face of the company’s mobile presence, and the new set of updates seem to be in tune with Zuckerberg’s promise.

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