Facebook for Android

A pretty hefty update to the beta track for the Facebook app has landed, bringing with it a number of bugfixes and the ubiquitous "better battery life" line.

Here's the full changelog:

  • Improved battery usage and efficiency
  • App can now be opened in landscape
  • Album covers always displayed instead of the photo you tapped to view
  • Crash when uploading multiple photos
  • Crash after deselecting a photo from the photos composer
  • Caching bug on Timeline (so it should load faster for some users now)
  • Infinite spinner on 'Nearby Places' category selector
  • Album names won't flicker in composer view
  • Resized some stickers that were previously too big
  • Music controller notifications now responsive after dismissing in cover feed
  • High-resolution artwork now loads in music controller
  • Various crashes occurring in Home

Facebook also notes a known issue in which the "most recent" setting won't stick in the news feed.

If you're not on the beta track for Facebook, you can join here.


Reader comments

Facebook beta gets beefy update


There's nothing to fix. Google and Facebook fell out, so it got disabled deliberately. HaxSync works well, until they make up!


Also, IMPROVED BATTERY EFFICIENCY finally. Let's see if it lives up to it. Anybody with the FB app, monitor it with a wakelock app for a while. You'll be surprised, to say the least.

Well... I use BetterBatteryStats, and I rarely see any mention of Facebook in the list. How have you got it set up?

I suspect the improved battery efficiency is simply that they've switched to using Google's new location API lol.

I'm in the same situation. Followed the instructions, but I'm still showing 3.6.

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"Most Recent" has NEVER stuck on Facebook. They purposely have always designed the timeline to conveniently accidentally go back to their own sorting algorithm in every iteration of the FB timeline.

Perhaps on mobile...on the full web version it stays put just fine. Either way, it's kinda annoying. Not saying "OMG IT MAKES THE APP UNUSABLE WTF!!11!!!" like some of the comments you see in the beta discussions, as it takes literally about 2 seconds to change, but after a while it does get annoying having to change it for the million and first time haha.

Are they ever going to fix that fact that the app perpetually forgets that I want to see 'Most Recent' 100% of the time? I hate going into it and having to toggle it from 'Top Stories'... I don't have this problem when I view the mobile site in a browser, it actually remembers my settings from cookies... derp facebook devs are derp...

No it doesn't. You must like flashy apps with glossy gradients with inconsistent UI elements. Facebook app is smooth and slick.

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Why do they need to fix battery when anyone who is updated in the last couple months has given them permission to modify battery stats. Have not updated since they added that. If you have updated you have no idea how much battery facebook is using. Along with permission to kill other apps.

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Can't actually find either of those listed in the permissions list under Facebook's App Info. Where did you find that?