HTML5 Facebook for mobile goes live

It appears Facebook has finally flipped the switch on "Project Spartan" a HTML5 version of Facebook for mobile devices that Techcrunch reports the company has been working on for "a while now."

 

The new Facebook for touch based devices should work on most HTML5 compliant browsers, including WP7, iOS and Android, and is accessible through touch.facebook.com for some right now.

It appears the new HTML5 support is slightly buggy, or at least doesn't support WP7 properly right now. Backgrounds aren't rendering where expected sometimes, but the site is generally very usable and is a large improvement over the older iterations. The site also loads slightly differently themed on different platforms, with the iPhone getting a slightly more reflective bezel.

The purpose of the update is actually to enable application developers to create mobile applications for their full Facebook counterparts, so that users can play games -- such as Farmville -- or use other apps on the go as well.

A post on the Facebook developers site shows how users can now interact with applications that show up on their feed, even on a mobile device. Credits can also be used on the new Facebook for mobile devices; unless it's an iOS device.

It appears Apple forced Facebook to disable the functionality for any iOS based device, so those users are out in the cold for now if they want to purchase a new magic chicken in Farmville on their mobile.

 

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htcz said,

Problem is that only YOU see it. That hack was to play around with it but other Facebook users dont see it.

Not true, i've got loads of friends whom I can see the new timeline profile on, too... o_O

chrispinto said,

Not true, i've got loads of friends whom I can see the new timeline profile on, too... o_O


Because they applied the hack as well.

Normal Facebook users cannot currently see Timeline.

"It appears Apple forced Facebook to disable the functionality for any iOS based device, so those users are out in the cold for now if they want to purchase a new magic chicken in Farmville on their mobile."

Yet i click an app, say.. BeJewelled.. and it started the bejewelled 2+blitz app on my iPhone automagically. Not totally locked out, depends if you have the associated app installed.

chrispinto said,
"It appears Apple forced Facebook to disable the functionality for any iOS based device, so those users are out in the cold for now if they want to purchase a new magic chicken in Farmville on their mobile."

Yet i click an app, say.. BeJewelled.. and it started the bejewelled 2+blitz app on my iPhone automagically. Not totally locked out, depends if you have the associated app installed.


Yes but you can't use Facebook credits....

SHoTTa35 said,
No change here also and i'm on Android 2.3.5. I thought it did have HTML5 since it uses WebKit but dunno.
On Android 2.3.5 I9000 XXJVT, my facebook is the same as all the screenshots on the top? And works fine too. Very smooth.

Now if they could have just left Facebook like this period for the computer users. The new layout is horrible. I hate that my feeds are in categories from top stories, recent stories and etc. Just put the damn original timeline feeds back.

Zain Adeel said,
very buggy on my mango Omnia 7

Yeh it's a bit laggy on pages and once the page was just pure white. But I like the official app.

Mouettus said,
My mango HTC Surround only loads the header

I was just getting the header there for a little bit and then got the old version. lol I figure they're still working on getting it rolled out...

chrispinto said,
Just tried via Safari... Looks almost identical to the iPad app too

Yep, same icon location etc.

Facebook for iPad only just got released so expect people posting screen shots sometime soon.

Its literally just changed for me, I like it, displaying fine on my omnia 7 (wp 7.5 mango).

I still use web app for simple wall monitoring

duddit2 said,
Its literally just changed for me, I like it, displaying fine on my omnia 7 (wp 7.5 mango).

I still use web app for simple wall monitoring


Lol, me too, dont know why i think it wont appear in the people hub, maybe its just a habit

chrispinto said,
I've just downloaded Facebook for iPad from the app store

Oh, Wow. Looks like it just came out. Sweet.

They kept that on the downlow, didn't they?

Although their website works fine on iPad, I have wanted proper notifications and proper photo upload options for awhile.

Shadrack said,

Oh, Wow. Looks like it just came out. Sweet.

They kept that on the downlow, didn't they?

Although their website works fine on iPad, I have wanted proper notifications and proper photo upload options for awhile.

came out in the UK about 35 minutes ago

I'm still getting the old one. Not that I need it, I have WP7 and most everything is built into the OS, but I would have taken a look at the new mobile site...

M_Lyons10 said,
I'm still getting the old one. Not that I need it, I have WP7 and most everything is built into the OS, but I would have taken a look at the new mobile site...

do you have the mango update yet?! that is where the html5 is built into the browser.. if not it will only be a few more weeks

Lachlan said,

do you have the mango update yet?! that is where the html5 is built into the browser.. if not it will only be a few more weeks

I have Mango and the site doesn't seem to be working. I went to touch.facebook.com and the top bar appears but that's it. Oh well, there is an app and as stated, the OS pulls the info itself.
I'm really liking WP7, I just got my Dell Venue Pro a couple days ago.

Lachlan said,

do you have the mango update yet?! that is where the html5 is built into the browser.. if not it will only be a few more weeks

Yeah, I have Mango. I just double checked. No HTML5 version yet. Perhaps they're still rolling it out to their servers...

mrp04 said,

I have Mango and the site doesn't seem to be working. I went to touch.facebook.com and the top bar appears but that's it. Oh well, there is an app and as stated, the OS pulls the info itself.
I'm really liking WP7, I just got my Dell Venue Pro a couple days ago.


Press the Facebook name on the header and the page will load.

M_Lyons10 said,
I have WP7 and most everything is built into the OS

All MS need to do to satisfy me is add pokes !
Tested on my Samsung Focus (WP7.5) and it's very nice, clean and more of what I'd expect in an HTML5, touch-centric experience.