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Facebook for Android 1.6 Beta Announced

Facebook recently announced that they are planning an update to their Android app. Sure this is great news, but evidently, this version calls for beta testers. Facebook released a Google Docs form on which users could sign up to test the beta (unfortunately the sign-up has been halted) and they also released a quick preview of the new features. A few of the new features are the following:

  • Improved News Feed including comment liking
  • Pages
  • Video Uploads
  • Many bug fixes

I have been writing about how Facebook for Android needs some serious work for a while now, and at one point even got a response from Facebook’s Mobile Chief about the process of their app’s development. As soon as we receive an update, many bugs seem to come with it making the features we do get almost not even worth the update to lose others. This may be why Facebook has decided to beta test this version. Hopefully, these “bug fixes” actually allow for notifications to be delivered on time–or at all. I would like to see Facebook’s Android app be just as useful as the iPhone version, but we all know this and have for quite time. Twitter has successfully updated their app to our high standards, and all we really need from them now is some constant reliable push notifications. Hopefully Facebook will start to get some updates out to the Android community, from those of us who have been here since the app’s humble beginning to the  400,000 new Android users every day. Stay tuned to TheDroidGuy for more updates on the Facebook for Android 1.6 beta and release.


about the writer: Elijah Ketchum is a 16 year old sophomore in High School in Cincinnati OH. His Android experience started with the Motorola Droid and his since upgraded to the HTC Thunderbolt. He enjoys everything about Android and convincing his iPhone fan boy classmates to switch. He recently convinced his father, a long term Blackberry user to switch to a Motorola Droid X. Like Elijah’s writing? Have questions? email elijah@thedroidguy.com and follow him on Twitter @ElijahIsMe & @thedroidboy

Source: Android Police

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  1. I have an Android running Facebook 1.6 and I keep having issues with it – when it goes to load the News Feed it’ll reload it and appear for about 2 seconds and then start reloading again and again and again so the news feed is almost flashing on and off. There’s no way of stopping the refresh so if I want to use FB to do anything but update my own status or upload pictures (which I do through the HTC options) then I have to use the website not the app. 

  2. Don’t count on it with this feud between Facebook and Google. Frustrated end users are collateral damage to them.

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