Facebook beta testing improved Android App

If you frequent social networks and have an Android device, then you've almost certainly used the Facebook application and chances are that you've found its functionality somewhat lacking, particularly when compared to the iOS app or the website itself.

Luckily the developers behind the app haven't been sitting still. A few weeks ago they stopped by reddit to ask users for pointers on what can be done to improve the app, both in terms of bug-fixing and features.

Well, they've come back and there's good news - an update is currently in beta as we speak and you can sign up to be in with a chance of testing it yourself:

Hello /r/Android,

Thanks for all of your suggestions and bug reports in the thread we posted 3 weeks ago (http://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/h7nx1/we_are_the_dev_team_for_facebook_for_android_help/). We've added many of the most requested features and fixed several bugs. Here's a partial list:

  • Improved News Feed including comment liking
  • Pages
  • Video Uploads
  • Many bug fixes

We'd like to enlist your help in beta testing the app to make sure that everything works on all of the devices people are using. If you're interested in helping us beta test, please sign up using this form:

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGlDTWZvSHBuLV9nZDF2TFFGajJSRnc6MQ

We'll select some of the people that respond and send them instructions on how to install and test the beta version.

Thanks!

The Facebook for Android devs

This is certainly welcome news for Android owners everywhere. Fingers are crossed that they've implemented better groups support, but time will tell. There's no mention of when we can expect the update to hit the market, but considering that it was only 3 weeks from when the first post was made on reddit, it shouldn't take long to iron out any bugs that are discovered.

 

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Facebook on Android is and has been crap as many in here have noticed and voiced.

It was also the Facebook developers and managers that fired the first major complaints about the poor VJM and API set Android offers developers. There is no reason each app devleoper should have to mess with simple concepts used throughout the OS and recreate them.

It is also painful for a 'connected' application to have to deal with low memory and Android randomly closing applications and services like it was the 1980s and the concept of VM was new. Even developing for Windows 3.1 was easier, as you at least didn't ahve to worry about the OS randomly nuking your application.

And yet Google thinks this is all good and normal and has applied very little fixes or features to address even the original complaints from the facebook and other large software houses.

So when WP7 or something else is dominating the mobile market in a couple of years, remember that DEVELOPERS matter and easy development matters.

Oh & a good reason to use the Facebook App on Android is for the Contact Sync. Though Android 2.3.3+ disables that on Nexus S, so hopefully they're fixing that too.

StevenMalone77 said,
Too bad the link is down and you can't even sign up for it anymore

Oh wow, that was fast. Guess they got more than enough hits or something.

.Rob said,
Argh release a sodding iPad app

What's wrong with using the browser to view the desktop site, vast majority of the site will work this way.

This is great, but, like some of the google apps, the mobile website for FB is actually better than the app. Just use that.

Ricardo Dawkins said,
Beta testing. upgrade that app ASAP. Slow as hell.

Yes, because the comments section of a news article on neowin.net is the best way to report issues to the developer. /sarcasm

@Max. My messages work on the app. Don't use it that much because I don't think it's anywhere near as good as it should be. I've signed up for the beta. Let's hope the improvements are substantial.

This seems somewhat suspicious - why are they using Google Docs? Not only is it rather obvious that Facebook hates Google (as shown by that recent smear campaign they had going), but they're teamed up with Microsoft anyway. I'd imagine they'd use either one of Microsoft's online services (such as Office 365) for the signup, or just create their own form instead.

Coolaaron88 said,
FriendCaster for Facebook destroys Facebook for Android all day long

Agreed. FriendCaster (formerly "Flow") for Android is far superior in every respect.

Signed up as well, hopefully I get chosen
Any Android users: is it normal that I cannot see all my messages, including chats in the Android app? Since they introduced the new facebook email sevice, I can't see all my messages anymore on my Phone.

max84 said,
Signed up as well, hopefully I get chosen
Any Android users: is it normal that I cannot see all my messages, including chats in the Android app? Since they introduced the new facebook email sevice, I can't see all my messages anymore on my Phone.

I have the same issue. I noticed the app seems to randomly not show wall posts, messages and all sorts of random things. It's really unreliable.

Kushan said,

I have the same issue. I noticed the app seems to randomly not show wall posts, messages and all sorts of random things. It's really unreliable.

same with the website sometimes

SHoTTa35 said,

Me too, WP is nice but still lacking some stuff

How quick do you get through phones? lol, Windows Phone (presuming you mean 7 and not 6.5) hasn't even been around that long and your already buying another phone