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Facebook Chooses 'mobile First' Path; Brand New Android App Released


Facebook has officially released new versions of its Android and iOS applications.

Facebook for Android 2.0 is a blessing to all Android users who've not been very happy with the social network's previous versions for their devices. In terms of speed, 2.0 is, in no uncertain terms, in a different league compared to its predecessors. The application is way faster then previous versions. It makes using Facebook on your mobile much more convenient. The makeover of the application is similar to the company's iOS application rebuild back in August this year.

Why is the new Android app faster? Unlike the older sluggish versions, the new model does not function like a hybrid native/Web view application. Version 2.0 is a brand new, built-from-scratch application that uses native code. The result being faster navigation and quicker image load times. Also, the story banner will keep updating constantly and will keep pushing up fresh stories regardless of where you are in the news feed. The applications are a result of the company's mobile first attitude after a large chunk of its users began using the service from their phones.

The iOS application is just a simple update and boasts only of a marginal increase in speed. Apart from faster load times for news feed and Timeline, users of the new iOS app can choose which album they'd like to upload photos to.

The company has over time understood that it needs to step up its offerings on the mobile platform as more and more users of its services are becoming 'mobile only'.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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