Facebook

It started off as much maligned and then turned into pretty ok, so it's been interesting watching the Facebook for Android app evolve since it's inception on our phones. It would seem the next step of that evolution is nigh, as the Facebook for Android developers are seeking your (yes, you) help in beta testing v1.6 of the app.

A partial list of fixes includes:

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

If you like to be on the bleeding edge of tech (or just Facebook), be sure to hit up the source links to get your name in the pot.

Signup form; Source: Reddit; via Android Police

 
There are 35 comments

S_C_B says:

Pages! Finally!!

tlane01 says:

Agreed! Nice to see the android FB app finally getting up to par with the iPhone app.

morellox says:

weak, friendcaster / flow / F+ has had this stuff for a long time now. I use pages, groups, comment liking quite a bit, oh and video uploading of course.

srkmagnus says:

I really hope the official app improves. I've been using Friendcaster (formally Flow) and it's been better than the official app, imo.

ilongbored says:

No can do. Plants vs. Zombies took ALL my internal phone storage.

El Jefe says:

Um...move it to the SD then.

itch808 says:

either move it to the SD or stop using some ancient brick running Android

Prof-KOS says:

Now how about a Honeycomb app. The Facebook app on Honeycomb looks ridiculous.

iDavey says:

The Zuck has already said there will be no official tablet version of the app since he doesn't see tablets as being "mobile."

kwparker80 says:

Wow. The Zuck sounds like he is turning into a punk version of Stevie Boy over at the fruit factory.

orlanka says:

Yup, fame and fortune are too much for this kid. All he did was create the Apple version of MySpace. No personalization, just follow in his vision. I'm sure the movie portrayal of him is not far from the truth.

TBolt says:

lol. "fruit factory." love it.

iDavey says:

The Zuck has already said there will be no official tablet version of the app since he doesn't see tablets as being "mobile."

DerekMorr says:

FriendCaster Tab is a Honeycomb-optimized version of Friendcaster. It works great on my Xoom - https://market.android.com/details?id=com.handmark.friendstream

I must agree with morellox...I bought Flow (which is now Friendcaster) and it puts the Facebook for Android to shame...the only thing it is missing is "chat"...but that is not important as I am more likely to "text" on my phone then to "chat"...Friendcaster just does everything better...I havent even used Facebook for Android other than using it to link Facebook profile pics to my contacts..lol.

TallyHo says:

LOL! That is exactly the same for me. FriendCaster is an awesome app. Hands down the best one for Facebook. The only and I mean only thing the Facebook Android app is good for is linking photos to your contacts.

El Jefe says:

I gave up on the Facebook for Android app long ago & switched to FriendCaster (it used to be called Flow). It already does what the Facebook app should have done at initial release!

Notifications are instantaneous & actually work 100% of the time...access to Pages/Groups & the ability to like a comment have ALWAYS been there!

I would be willing to bet that this update STILL leaves things out that FriendCaster already does.

This app needs some serious work!

A2E says:

Ummm. Facebook using a Google Docs form to sign people up for an official beta? Why do I find this hard to believe???

bthomasltd says:

Just finished beta testing DX gingerbread so im ready to test the new FB app on this OS.

dougie1792 says:

finally they are ganna fix the problems :)

Cyrilmak says:

Signed up! Thanks for the tip as usual :)

briankurtz79 says:

Garbage. They "added " notification almost a year ago and I still have never gotten 1! Flow ftw!!

Small_law says:

Ditto on the notifications. I never seem to get them.

gafly says:

I totally had the same problem with notifications... I lost count at how many times I posted something along the lines of "Notifications?! What notifications?!" because I NEVER got a single one.... until a few weeks ago. I'm not sure if it has more to do with GB or more to do with me deactivating and then reactivating my Fbook account (I upgraded to GB and deactivated and reactivated my Fbook account around the same time), but ever since I did those two things I have gotten push notifications every time someone has posted something on my wall.

phillysdon04 says:

I'm using friendcaster. I give up on the official Facebook app.

When I tried clicking on the "Signup Form" link, I go to a page that displays:

It looks like the form "Facebook for Android preview" is turned off.

Huh? What happened to the beta signup? Something isn't right.

Victor014 says:

thats so stupid -__- i just got home and its already closed...

Flipper says:

What about Poke? Does it work?

gafly says:

Poking was sooooo last decade.

If someone gets an apk, please host it.

They told us not to share the download as it will only work for facebook users in the beta group.

EldonK#AC says:

Thanks for the tip on FriendCaster! Why was I suffering through the ancient Official Facebook app?

li2327 says:

I hope they add the ability to share posts and also making any pic a profile pic.

aapold says:

I also like friendcaster but I'm getting a ton of errors from it lately...