Facebook for Android

We'll believe it when we see it, but Facebook's latest Android app update promises to actually speed up login and navigation within the app. We know, we know. It's Facebook, whose mobile app has been pretty crappy considering that, well, it's friggin' Facebook. Also of note in version 1.9.7 is that if you're not running Android 2.2 Froyo or higher, you're SOL on running this bad boy. (Though we imagine the previous version of the app should work fine, and only a mere 6.1 percent of active devices are running an OS older than Froyo.)

Other bullet points in the changelog include front-facing camera support (that wasn't there before?), a new messaging feature that lets you hop between conversations and share photos, plus other bug fixes and a security improvement.

Of course, this is Facebook we're talking about, so we'll have to wait and see what just got broken, too. Download link is below.

Download: Facebook for Android


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Facebook update requires Froyo, promises a faster app


When will there be proper contact sync with the application and Ice Cream Sandwich, and now soon to be JellyBean?

i dont think ever. i may be mistaken and im sure other members/AC editors can clarify. but there is some dispute between google and facebook. i dont remember the details, but im sure with a quick google search you can find out why. and i am probably wrong about this, but this dispute may also be the same reason why facebook doesn't allow 3rd party apps to access the pictures.

Ask Facebook. They refuse to use the Contacts API and Google is no longer giving them the special treatment that they received in versions of Android prior to 2.3.3

Because Facebook has a proprietary API for how the 'sync' works that doesn't use the same API other apps use for this feature, and because you can't keep any of the information (it's read-only), Google got mad at FB and turned off the sync feature in Nexus devices.

Other non-nexus phones should be able to sync fine because OEMs put it back in to my understanding.

Just get HaxSync - It does it better anyway, full rez contact pictures and all!

Seems like they introduced a new bug. I have to log in everytime I reboot the phone. I'm on the EVO LTE

This BEAST uses over 30MB of storage on my phone. I dumped this piece of crap app until they decide to allow for moving to storage or better yet, quit hogging all my phone space. Mark Zuckerturd can at least hire employees that know how to write code.

with beastly phones and storage space I'm sure you can give it 30MB lol. I have 2GB on a GS2 and it's plenty to store it plus tons of games (none of which are on the internal SD card) and I still have hundreds of megs to spare. I could see this being an issue a few years ago but now c'mon... :P

You realize that some people may not be elgible yet or even WANT to upgrade to any phone currently out, right? They might have their phone that was cutting edge 2 years ago that only has 748MB of storage & 512MB RAM.

We all know that the Facebook app is definitely bloated & could be coded better.

Am I only one that is bugged out by this?

Permission: Take Pictures and videos; Allows application to take pictures and videos with the camera. This allows application at ANY TIME to collect images the camera is seeing.

If you're overly paranoid, then yeah, that's what it means. Any app that uses the camera needs that permission. Facebook uses the camera if you choose to take a photo for your wall/timeline.

My biggest pause was the new requirement for this:
Allows the app to access the phone features of the device. An app with this permission can determine the phone number and serial number of this phone, whether a call is active, the number that call is connected to and the like.

There should be an explanation of why each permission is required. Some make sense, like accessing the camera for taking pics/vids. The one above, does not make sense to me.

I may be wrong, but I think that now, you have to edit your subscriptions to each individual friend to only show status updates if you want that.

they still havn't fixed the settings button problem on phones without a physical settings button.

Its far smoother. But I find it sad that them having to support everything under froyo was really holding the apps quality and smoothness back.

A few more of the big apps should cut support for the older versions of Android and improve their apps.

They make 40 bajillion dollars in stock IPO, but they cannot make an app for Froyo and an app for ICS? Hmmm ...

Nothing in the What's New section tells me why they now need the READ PHONE STATE AND IDENTITY permission?????

I love getting an update for an app that won't actually update because I'm running the latest version of the OS (ICS), or at least what was the latest version until about a week or two ago.

Been using it today. So far its been stable and much quicker to load up comments, pages etc. So far so good but I've never been impressed with the app. Seems like nearly everytime they update the map, they fail to test it beforehand.

Actually, I don't think it's that bad. Just got 4.04 on the bionic and updated the facebook app at the same time.

I think it's an improvement

Is anyone having issues trying to upload pics? Like as in sharing from your gallery? tried to upload a pic twice and both times I've gotten a "cannot upload pic" error.

Okay so anyone notice you can change your cover photo from the the app? For those of us who only run on tablets and phones that's one winning change!