Facebook for Android: now faster, smaller, less data-hungry

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To figure out how to improve its Facebook for Android app, Facebook engineers traveled to Africa to test the app on a low-bandwidth network.

They ate through their monthly data plan in 40 minutes.

So developers worked to make Facebook for Android less reliant on data and more logical for users in countries that don’t have major data plans. The company also made the app itself smaller, taking up less room on the phone.

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Facebook tests more iOS-like design of Android app

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Facebook appears to be testing a new design for the Android app that is somewhat similar to the iOS version.

This new version — first noticed by Blink Vice President of Planning and Media Eti Suruzon on AllFacebook — has the status update, photo & check-in buttons at the bottom of the screen with a new organization for News Feed, messages and notifications.

Click below to see the design Facebook is testing for Android.

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Facebook testing new design for Android app?

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It looks like Facebook may be testing a new design for its flagship Android app, bringing home some visual elements — namely, more white — present in its Messenger app.

Inside Facebook reader Thodoris Konsoulas of Greece noticed that the Facebook for Android design is markedly different, as seen above. He is not in the Facebook for Android beta testing group, he noted.

We’ve reached out to Facebook about this and will update the story if we hear back.

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Facebook tests faster, cleaner version of Messenger for Android

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Facebook on Tuesday launched a test of a drastic redesign to its Messenger for Android app, making it faster and less data-hungry. Previous versions of Messenger have integrated texting, but it is a major feature of this update.

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Facebook Home rents space to Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Flickr

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Mark Zuckerberg has said that different kinds of content will be available on Facebook Home. That’s coming soon, as Facebook announced Thursday that beta testers of Android will see highly visual content from Instagram, as well as Pinterest, Tumblr and Flickr on the Facebook Home cover feed.

Users who are within the Android beta test group can swipe through Home to see content from these apps.

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Facebook for Android update has privacy walkthrough

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Facebook released a minor update to its Android app Wednesday, bringing the structured status updates to more users and giving Android users more access to privacy information.

Now, similar to its education on desktop, Android users can easily tap through to figure out how to control privacy settings on posts and figure out how to block or report harassing users.

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Android, web update allows Facebook users to edit posts

1376149_10100887627399617_1469113737_nOne of the most hotly-requested features is finally coming to Facebook: the ability to edit posts.

Previously, users could edit their own comments, but there was no way to go back to fix a typo or mistake in a post without deleting it.

An update for Facebook’s Android app now allows users a re-do. By tapping the carrot in the top-right corner of the post, mobile users can edit the text. This will soon be available for the web and for Facebook’s iOS app.

Facebook told Inside Facebook that this feature, “will be available on upcoming events on Pages & photo album creations.”

Users have had the ability to edit text on photo posts, but now they can do so on link posts and status updates.

Update the Android app here. Update the iOS app here.

Readers: How happy are you that this capability is available now?

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook still believe in Home

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Although many consumers have branded Facebook Home (the social network’s Android platform) a flop, the program still has a very important fan — CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg told a packed crowd at TechCrunch Disrupt Wednesday that Facebook is still fully supportive of Home, and teased that Instagram and other social content will be coming to the cover feed soon.

Facebook made a big push with Home in April, but many users who downloaded Home were frustrated and unsure of what exactly it was. Many people complained through Google Play reviews that Home was taking over their phone, quickly deleting it.

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Facebook’s consumer and mobile marketing chief leaves for Twitter

KateJhaveri-327x285Kate Jhaveri, formerly Facebook’s head of consumer and mobile marketing, started her new job Tuesday at Twitter, where she is now the senior director of consumer marketing, according to AllThingsD.

Jhaveri spent three years at Facebook, where she led marketing for the company’s preferred marketing developers program, as well as platform and credits. Prior to Facebook, Jhaveri spent seven years doing marketing for Microsoft, and a year with Apple.

Jhaveri was the main person behind the marketing push for Facebook Home, the social network’s Android platform.

Facebook confirmed Jhaveri’s departure to AllThingsD:

Kate was a valuable member of Facebook’s team and we wish her the best of luck in the future.

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Android update: Facebook adds animation to certain stickers

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Facebook released an update to its Android app Thursday, giving life to some of the stickers — a popular feature. Now Android users can see Pusheen (above) jiggle in a message. The update is currently available in the Google Play store.

With Android version 4.0.2 and higher, Pusheen, Beast (named after Mark Zuckerberg’s dog) and Anooki are animated. Facebook also fixed bugs on likes, comments and page recommendations.

Facebook also updated Home, which allows for users to control the music they’re listening to right from the lock screen (screenshot below the jump).

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