Native Android Facebook application in its final testing phase

Let’s face it; Facebook hasn’t had the best of luck this year and one of the bad calls made by the man behind it, Mark Zuckerberg, even stated that the current HTML5 Android application was a mistake. Well, thanks to an anonymous tipster at Engadget, we’ve been lead to believe the new native Android version of the application is currently it its final phase of testing.

       

(These aren't official screenshots, but the concept is by Redmond Pie)

Normally going from the testing phase of an application to the initial release takes very little to no time, which means that this application could be with us by the end of the month at the latest. Are you excited? Or is Facebook beating a dead horse at this point in time? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Engadget

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Why don't other devs create a beautiful Facebook app and they only bother with Twitter? I mean, there are 3-4 Facebook apps, but they are ugly and lame. On the other hand, the Twitter apsps are way more and more beautiful. Why is that?

The built-in Friendstream on my HTC phone works significantly better and with less resources than the current Facebook app. I deleted the Facebook app because it was constantly running in the background, eating up battery. So far, everything I've seen coded with HTML5 is a dog. If, as someone says, it is all about the developers, then evidently there are no competent HTML5 developers?

I have had a much better experience on the Facebook for Android app since the iOS version went back to native.

It loads quicker and just works now. No crashes, lags or anything. Could it just of been overload of the mobile server?

I'm running 4.1.1 on a Galaxy Nexus GSM.

Speaking only from an iOS side of things going from the old HTML 5 app to the native one was like night and day in terms of performance and stability.

I'd expect things to be the same on the Android app.

Can't wait so that the almost daily bitching I see on my Facebook from Android users complaining about the Facebook app sucking will stop (only for them to then start complaining about other things I suppose)

And it looks hideous :-/ I actually prefer the current version and it runs perfect on my Galaxy Nexus, not a problem at all. Although I would like to see an Android tablet version of the Facebook app like they did for the iPad.

Anyway, wait and see. maybe after using it I might like it better.

Xerxes said,
And it looks hideous :-/ I actually prefer the current version and it runs perfect on my Galaxy Nexus, not a problem at all. Although I would like to see an Android tablet version of the Facebook app like they did for the iPad.

Anyway, wait and see. maybe after using it I might like it better.

You do realise that that's just a mockup of what they would like it to look like don't you?

unabatedshagie said,

You do realise that that's just a mockup of what they would like it to look like don't you?

Yes, well aware of that fact. However, it's still ugly as sin and if the final version follows the Google design guidelines for Holo, it'll look similar to that anyway.

About freakin' time. The current Facebook app works great most of the time, but freezes pretty often on my Galaxy S-2.

simplezz said,
I'll stick to G+ thanks

Ah, Google+. The social network so great, they totally didn't have to rebundle a whole bunch of existing services into it to inflate their userbase.

Oh wait, yeah they did.

simplezz said,
I'll stick to G+ thanks

I thought social networking sites were supposed to have other people you network with?!?!

neonspark said,
HTML5 sucks.

Nope, people who don't hire developers who can code HTML5 for **** on mobile devices and then blame the technology suck.

neonspark said,
HTML5 sucks.

WOW!! People just arent getting it. If you look at whats happening in terms of the new specs being added to HTML i can assure you that the desktop OS is dead. HTML sucks right now in terms of speed because it has so many layers to run through. As soon as we cut those layers out and it talks almost directly to the hardware, then you will see some performance.

Iridium said,

WOW!! People just arent getting it. If you look at whats happening in terms of the new specs being added to HTML i can assure you that the desktop OS is dead. HTML sucks right now in terms of speed because it has so many layers to run through. As soon as we cut those layers out and it talks almost directly to the hardware, then you will see some performance.

HTML5 doesn't suck in speed, stop using crappy browsers.
But IMHO HTML5 is overrated, wait until the advertisers start (ab)using it and see how little annoyance flash has been!

neonspark said,
HTML5 sucks.

Computers suck, I tried to drive mine to work and it just didn't go anywhere.

TL;DR: You can't say your tools suck just because your using the wrong one. If you want decent HTML5 webapps, hire web developers, not JAVA engineers.

Shadowzz said,

HTML5 doesn't suck in speed, stop using crappy browsers.
But IMHO HTML5 is overrated, wait until the advertisers start (ab)using it and see how little annoyance flash has been!

Im sorry, but why are you living in the converse of reality?!?! HTML in general whether it be 4.1, xhtml, or 5 it is slow because of the way it is interpreted by a browser that sits atop an OS. Also HTML5 is absolutely amazing and its free development nature will make flash look like the proprietary $1000+ program it always was. I agree with Bag, its about the developers.

Nice. Apps normally come out for iPhone first and probably most likely will. But it seems the delay for the Android apps is becoming shorter all the time. Dont care much for the App now and really dont care for Friendcaster. And if it wasnt for family, I wouldnt have FB at all.

Anyway, looking forward to the new App.

Prymitywista said,
Looks really nice and in holo style so - good move

Those aren't screenshots in the article, just concept sketches by a 3rd party.