Facebook launches improved mobile iOS and Android news feeds

If you have ever used the Facebook apps for iOS and Android, or signed onto the mobile Facebook website, you know that viewing pictures on those devices can be, well, hard on the eyes at first when you see them in the news feed. Now Facebook has just announced that an update to the iOS and Android news has enabled some larger picture.

According to Facebook, "Now photos are up to 3x larger, and all posts will fill your mobile screen from edge to edge." You can see an example of that new design in the image above. In addition to the changes, the new design can also be seen for mobile browsers when they connect to the m.facebook.com webpage.

Facebook is making these changes on the eve of their planned public stock offering. So far, everything seems to suggest that the Facebook IPO will still launch on Friday, although there have been some Internet reports that the launch date could be delayed. The company has been taken to task by some financial analysts who believe Facebook has not done enough to monetize its mobile side, which is taking up more and more of its traffic.

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Facebook for Android app still sucks. I connect to Wifi, start up Facebook and says connection lost. Turn off Wifi and use the mobile connection, it's all good. Force stopping the app is a temporary fix but this should not happen. I gave the app 2 stars and my comment says the same.

Are they going to bring out a tablet optimized version? There are a few third party tablet apps which are already very good. Not that I spend a great deal of time on facebook.

Shiranui said,
Are they going to bring out a tablet optimized version? There are a few third party tablet apps which are already very good. Not that I spend a great deal of time on facebook.

There is an iPad version I believe. I wouldn't hold your breath for it being released on other tablets, with the iPad completely dominating the market there in no motivation for them to release it on anything else. I stopped hoping for an Android tablet Facebook app long ago...

Is it just me but i can't seem to find a way to get to photo albums on the Android side of facebook.

Let say i went to a friends profile. I can't seem to see a way to look at their albums?

Why is it that iphone screenshots always have to be shown in the frame of an iphone, and mac os screenshots are always shown inside an imac type of screen? It's not like we can't figure out that it's iOS or OS X without the visual aid.

eilegz said,
how about an proper facebook app for blackberry which rim dont know how to do it.

pretty sure they are working on the blackberry 10 one right now..

I hope the new app doesn't shove trending topics or topics Facebook thinks are important up my arse. Every time I switch to recent posts, it magically switches to Top Stories which I have no interest in.

sanke1 said,
I hope the new app doesn't shove trending topics or topics Facebook thinks are important up my arse. Every time I switch to recent posts, it magically switches to Top Stories which I have no interest in.

The app started that for me about a week or so ago. Doesn't bother me too much.

sanke1 said,
I hope the new app doesn't shove trending topics or topics Facebook thinks are important up my arse. Every time I switch to recent posts, it magically switches to Top Stories which I have no interest in.

Yeah i hate that about Facebook. Even the standard website does this.

IF I tell Facebook i wanna see the Recent Items News Feed, Facebook must comply and remember this, not keep reverting to the Top New Items

Has it been approved or just submitted to the apple app store? I don't see an available update for it yet on the US store.

BlendedFrog said,
Has it been approved or just submitted to the apple app store? I don't see an available update for it yet on the US store.

Since Facebook for iOS and Android is mostly just a wrapper for the mobile website at http://m.facebook.com, they can do these changes without releasing an updated app on App Store or Google Play.

I'm not seeing any changes though, but they said this will take shape as a rollout. So we'll probably all get it soon enough.

Northgrove said,

Since Facebook for iOS and Android is mostly just a wrapper for the mobile website at http://m.facebook.com, they can do these changes without releasing an updated app on App Store or Google Play.

I'm not seeing any changes though, but they said this will take shape as a rollout. So we'll probably all get it soon enough.


What do you mean by a "wrapper" ? It's not like it loads the web site when you use the App.
There was a time when the App and the web site versions were completely different.

Inclined said,

What do you mean by a "wrapper" ? It's not like it loads the web site when you use the App.
There was a time when the App and the web site versions were completely different.

It just displays HTML content in the main window. It's how they were able to deploy cover photos to iOS without actually updating the app itself - they just updated the server.

Inclined said,

What do you mean by a "wrapper" ? It's not like it loads the web site when you use the App.
There was a time when the App and the web site versions were completely different.

There was a time, but that was quite a while ago (I believe it was mid-late last year that they changed to this method, but it could have been earlier)

Inclined said,

What do you mean by a "wrapper" ? It's not like it loads the web site when you use the App.
There was a time when the App and the web site versions were completely different.

Yep, so Facebook can rollout small improvements without actually updating the application all the time. If you visit Facebook.com on your iPhone or Android *not sure*, you will the application interface just like the official app, but within the browser frame, but on the application the UI is hardcoded.

Ahmed Nefzaoui said,
Bring smart lists to the mobile app!!!!!

isnt it already accessible from the left sidebar? do you mean editing who's in what category or just viewing the specific smartlisted news feed cause thats been there for ages