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We know that Facebook's current app strategy has been more or less a failure on Android. Following an update to the app on iOS from mostly HTML5 to native code, it looks like a native Facebook for Android app is in the final stages of testing according to an anonymous source inside the company.

We'll hopefully be seeing an official statement and release from Facebook soon. The Google+ app has set the bar pretty high at this point, we'll see if Facebook can catch up.

Source: Engadget

 

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Native Facebook for Android app nearly ready for release

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I just want it to work and not take forever to open. Be able to use the app without it locking up or freaking out. Or do an unending refresh.

I would suggest that the person you are attempting to comment on has a life, real friends, etc, and does not need the moronic distraction of dumbbook. A useless invention.

The Facebook for Android app has always been and will continue to be crap.....too much going on with it, just like there is too much going on with the desktop version of Facebook.

Google+ app FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Everyone keeps saying that the google+ app is better than the Facebook app which is true but those people still use Facebook more than google+.

Except me. I ditched Facebook once I realized a social network existed that could do a native App correctly. Deleted my account a year ago.

HAH. I don't think they even made an iPad version yet so Android tablet support is even less likely.

that's where ur wrong they have a Facebook app for iPad and the iPhone remember apps are easier to be built on iOS than android

I use them about the same and I hope the newest version of Facebook is better than what it is now.

No major issues for me for the current version of Facebook for Android. I rather they focus efforts on having a universal binary with tablet support. All that great space has been wasted because it's just an overblown phone interface.

They made one for iPad, but not for Android tablets, like wtf? Since Microsoft has financial stake in Facebook, I wouldn't be surprised that Windows tablets would get a native Facebook tablet app before Android would *sigh*.

What is "native" code exactly? I hear a lot about it but I don't know the definition. Isn't HTML5 the "wave of the future?" Why take a step backwards?

Java is not no where near native. Native means it runs on direcly on hardware CPU, but Java is compiled to custom byte-code and it's executed by Dalvik (in case of Android) which do the talk with CPU... so it's not native.

Java was made this way so it runs on any hardware as long base liberies are provided, thats why you can see applications that runs android applications of diffrent hardware so quicly, because all it's needed is Java VM and base code which acts like Android APIs.

But Android actually support native software, most games on Android are native because it's a lot faster... but not only games, latest example is Firefox which is also native. Do Facebook will be native? that depends on how iOS is addicted to iOS UI, if it's use own UI system they can go native, if not then they most likely go with Java since it's a lot easier to go that way.

I do like the new minor facebook app on Android for now. It is faster and the messages are a lot better. But I really want a brand new Facebook app for android. A new UI. I hope it matches Android 4.0 ICS UI somehow.

Hopefully this overhaul also includes contact syncing. I don't mind using a third party app for it but wouldn't hurt to do it directly like LinkedIn and Google+ do.

The only thing I want is to be able to set "sort posts in chronological order" as the default option. Especially as they've now moved the option to temporarily change it to another menu.

I don't believe FB can ever catch G+, especially if you do a quick comparison of their websites. FB is so old-school and not from these times anymore. FB haves an interface of 10-20 years old, G+== Welcome in the next decade of the 21st century.
I'm wondering if they will optimally support as many screen layouts you have with Android™ : phone, tablet, xlarge, large, normal, small, 3 different DPI sizes, ...

Google+ is so much nicer on every level except for ubiquity. Even if I did get my friends to join Google+, they would end up having to check Facebook anyway for their friends, and if that's the case, Facebook would win that battle. Which is a shame -- the web version of Facebook is a slow, clunky, horror, like something that stepped out of the AOL walled garden back in 1998.

The current Facebook app for Android is a "wrapper" around the mobile website.....
(HTML5 + a few native pieces of code = Facebook app), the next version will use native coding for the app.

iOS already have the native treatment awhile ago so Android would be next.

The current Facebook app for Android is a "wrapper" around the mobile website.....
(HTML5 + a few native pieces of code = Facebook app), the next version will use native coding for the app.

iOS already have the native treatment awhile ago so Android would be next.

The current Facebook app for Android is a "wrapper" around the mobile website.....
(HTML5 + a few native pieces of code = Facebook app), the next version will use native coding for the app.

iOS already have the native treatment awhile ago so Android would be next.

Yeah...the current app has become virtually unusable over the last few months. I hope to see SIGNIFICANT improvements when this is released.