Though Facebook is widely considered to be the red-headed stepchild in the Android community now that Google has launched a social network of their own, the service continues to grow at a baffling rate. It now claims over 850 million users. Facebook’s Android application has been fairly uninspired and most updates to date have been a half-hearted attempt to mirror what was already in the iOS version. Personally, when I’ve felt the need to check what’s going on with my Facebook friends, I’ve more often been found using the mobile website rather than the Android app.
That might be about to change, as today’s update to version 1.7 brings some serious enhancements, not the least of which includes full support for Honeycomb tablets. (Though it doesn’t add a tablet-optimized UI). In addition to full Honeycomb support, Facebook 1.7 brings:
- Enhanced Privacy Controls
- Allows users to select which friends/groups to share their updates with
- Pull down on your newsfeed to automatically refresh
- Swipe left and right in photo albums
- Ability to tag your friends in pictures
- Enhanced UI, especially within individual profiles and the newsfeed
- Improvements to notifications and messages
- Various bug fixes and performance enhancements
Quite the slew of updates for the Facebook application. If you haven’t already, head over to the market and update your Facebook application to version 1.7. Let us know how you like the updates in the comments.