Ever since posting screen shots of the Facebook app, we have received daily emails asking “Where is it?” Facebook has confirmed to several sites the app was coming soon, but there was no official release date given. As of this writing, Facebook is still absent from the Android Market.
More reported sighting are still coming in. Several people have told me they saw Facebook loaded on demo phones at T-Mobile stores. Here is a report we received today from one of our readers (thanks MRO).
I was in a T-Mobile store today to check out the new MyTouch phone and noticed a “Facebook” icon in the apps list. When I clicked on it, it had a login screen for a facebook username/password. I did not test it any further because I wasn’t about to type my credentials into a demo phone, but I did find it odd that the phone even had this app because the last I heard was that some screenshots had leaked out and everyone was waiting for it to become available.
Anyway, I’ve attached a picture I took of the phone with the Facebook icon in the apps list. I forgot to take a picture of the login screen, but if it’s on the demo phones in the T-Mobile stores, I’m sure someone else will notice it and try it out.
Given everything I have seen, it appears the app is finished and ready to go. I have no idea why it has not been released and it would not surprise me to find it on the Market next time I check. If it doesn’t appear soon, I bet someone will pull it off a demo phone and then distribute it. Hmmm, maybe it’s time for a trip to T-Mobile.
Also, for those of you who were doubting the leaked screens from last week – they came from Google. I left off the URL, but I guess there is no harm in sharing it. Maybe someone can play around with it and reveal some new information.
Update: I remember I found the Facebook icon last week and it follows the official Android icon guidelines. You can see it pictured at the right. The app icon pictured above does in fact belong to the unofficial Facebook Lite. I found the official icon at http://www.android.com/market/apps/facebook-sm.png