The button is gone, but the philosophy behind its existence up until now remains

Those of us who have hopped on the Facebook beta testers group have received a visually-important update to today which removes the legacy menu button. This marks the final disappearance of one of the most annoying parts of the Facebook app, which should not only free up visual space on the bottom of many HTC devices without a capacitive menu key but also fall closer to Google's Android design guidelines. Taking place of the legacy menu key are a full set of settings behind the slide-in left panel.

We're happy to see the legacy menu button go away, but this shouldn't be a complete standing ovation. Facebook has made serious improvements to its app in the recent weeks but still flies aimlessly around most of Google's other design guidelines in terms of using drawers, overflow menu buttons and most standardized design elements. Additionally, we're not entirely sure what other changes have been made in this beta to accommodate the lack of the menu button. Facebook has gotten rid of the visual reminder that its app development was based in the Gingerbread days, but we're not completely sure if the underlying code in the rest of the app still is.

Anyone that is currently signed up to be a beta tester can grab the update on their device now, and anyone waiting for the more stable update should see it soon once any potential bugs are squashed.

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nbell978 says:

You can finally save pictures from the app now, and a menu button appears on certain screens like when you leave comments and such

still1 says:

ah.. they finally removed the "menu button of shame"

decypher44 says:

Loving the "save photo". Finally!

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yash777 says:

How do you do that? I cant see it

jaypster says:

Just tap on a photo, then tap on the 3 dotted icon beside Like, Comment & Tag icons and select Save photo.

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fuzzylumpkin says:

I don't like how the beta overwrites the "stable" app. I prefer the way chrome and opera et al handle betas, with a separate app.

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msnight04 says:

The funny thing is Facebook is simply following the beta testing features that Google outlined at IO.

15israellai says:

But it's not unstable, unlike browser betas.

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fuzzylumpkin says:

A beta is a beta, the whole p point is that they may contain bugs and instabilities, though way too many people view them as just getting an early version of the app.

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overfloater says:

Hey, we should just be thankful these app betas haven't gone the way of game betas (on non-mobile platforms) -- otherwise companies would have us convinced that we should be *paying* for the "privilege" of beta testing their stuff!!

rawmustard says:

Also links in a caption are now active from a photo.

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Rehzonance says:

They need to do a visual overhaul for their app soon... Its ugly, the glifs looks dated

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patruns says:

Can you post a photo to a comment like you now can using a browser?

JobiWan144 says:

Oh thank the maker! For a lot of people, the Facebook app is very important, and improving the experience in any way is good. Let's hope this is the beginning of great improvements to the app, bringing it into 2013 instead of 2011.

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jeffreytz says:

Nice implementation of the three-dot menu, finally :)