Apr 24 AT 6:14 PM Matt Demers 44 Comments

Facebook for Android updates to 1.2, gains inbox support

Facebook for Android got an update yesterday, bringing the application up to version 1.2. The major change within was the integration of Facebook messaging right into the UI, letting users browse their inbox messages instead of sending them to the mobile browser. As a fan of less reliance on mobile sites whenever possible, I approve this change.

Other notes include the removal of the ability to directly upload photos straight to Facebook from within the app; this may seem like a big deal, but with Android’s ability to “Share” photos (to Facebook and elsewhere) straight from the gallery, this isn’t that big of a loss.

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  • http://Website Joey

    Uploading photos is still supported.

    In the news feed section, to the left is a button to take and share pictures from inside the app..

    I never used this feature as it scales the pictures way down anyway.

    • http://www.mattdemers.com Matt Demers

      Thanks man. Wasn’t sure if it still was.

    • http://Website merona

      A little bit off-topic but it appears Facebook mobile is now being used by thugs as well to communicate. Let this Collin Gun story be a sample.

  • http://Website AD

    I was hoping contact/photo sync would be in the update (I have a myTouch non-rooted).

    Or a new icon. Not that it really matters but I get a bit jealous when I say the straightforward Facebook icon on Android 2.0+ phones. :P I despise the icon I have right now.

    • http://Website Chrees

      Thank goodness, I thought I was the only one!

      I remember getting SO mad when apps didn’t update to the “standard” isometric view back when 1.5 came out, I think it was. Now history is repeating itself, and half of my apps don’t match the rest of the 2.0+ icons!

  • http://www.theblarg.com nathan118

    So is this newer that what comes stock on the Nexus One?

    • http://Website Ryan

      Yes it is newer. On my Droid it acts the same as a Maps update. Once you install it gives you the option to uninstall updates.

  • http://www.theblarg.com nathan118

    My nexus one facebook app says “version 113.” So this is newer right? When I go to the market it doesn’t show as “update available” though.

  • http://www.theblarg.com nathan118

    Got my nexus one updated, good stuff. stays in the app when looking at pictures.

    Not sure what you mean by “removal of the ability to directly upload photos straight to Facebook from within the app.” There’s a new photo button next to the status update box that lets you post straight from the app. Or do you mean posting pictures you had already taken?

    In the past, posting pictures from the app itself would shrink them down to a terrible size, but that has finally been fixed.

  • http://Website dave

    Is the output of this app supposed to be different to what I see on the webpage? My newsfeed s completely different- the android app is showing me just 2 or 3 items. Why wouldn’t I just use the browser on my phone to access the full site rather than this small, wrong version?

  • http://www.theblarg.com nathan118

    something isn’t right dave. not supposed to be like that.

  • http://Website Ryan

    *coughcough*Finally multi-touch zoom on pictures*coughcough*

  • http://Website hoop

    Getting better, but still not as good as the facebook for the iphone.

  • http://Website hoop

    We need to be able to take photo or choose from are gallery and see are friends/pages….

  • http://Website saylor

    Actually it still has the camera option but it was moved to the news feed page.

  • http://Website Patrick O’Leary

    Matt–you transposed “2″ and “1″ in the article title.

    • http://www.mattdemers.com Matt Demers

      I realize this now, and it’s being fixed (or will be, by the time I’m done this post).

  • http://Website rev2redlineguy

    So far it’s pretty good. I like the inbox feature now instead of having to go to the mobile website. Liking it so far on my Motorola Cliq.

  • http://Website jayy

    how hard is it to make THIS app similar to the one on the iPhone?!

    I HATE how this one forces me to use the web browser to check my notifications, kind of ruins the purpose of using the app in the first place.

  • http://Website sgb

    since getting the htc desire ive not used the FB app as the friend stream app does all i need, mobile wise.

    im not sure if the friend stream is on all android 2.1 devices or just 2.1 sence ui. but it is excellent. live updats from FB, twitterand flickr. you can also update from it to.

    all from the my home screen instantly.no need for entering an app andwaiting to load. all updates are just their, it even lets you see other peeps comments and you can also comment.

  • http://Website Zer0-9

    I don’t understand what any of you are complaining about.

    1) Inbox and Notifications are in the application, not the mobile site
    2) Hit menu key, select Home. Photos and upload capability are right there.
    3) Contact Picture Sync works just fine. Syncs all contacts or only contacts you already have.

    • Drew

      The notifications on the app is pretty weak, as it does not automatically update and frequently does not display new notifications at any rate.

      The iPhone version is vastly superior than the Android version in this case. Hell, the iPhone version still seems vastly superior overall. The Android version just feels half-baked and not very polished, though admittedly it is much better than what it used to be.

  • http://Website Jay

    I like that the inbox support has been added, however, it is still missing one big feature that I have been hoping for. Unless I am blind, there is no option for a notification of when someone comments on my status… I want it to show up in my notification bar like friend requests, etc. Maybe with the next update. *sigh*

    • http://Website Tyrell

      I don’t think you’re missing anything. This IMO is a much needed feature that for whatever reason keeps getting ignored by the developer. I’ve resorted to relying in Babbler for these type of notifications. If Babble can do it, then there’s no reason why the official app should lack this feature since it’s technically possible.

      • http://Website Jay

        I hit the email the dev link on the app page in the market and requested the feature. Maybe if enough people do the same, it will happen…

  • http://Website Derek

    This is a good change. I remember when I had my Droid, the facebook app sucked balls compared to the iPhone version.

  • http://Website googly eyes

    people are still using facebook? thought the trend died out with myspace…

  • http://Website czar

    Nexus one on t-mobile, since the update I can’t load the widget

  • http://Website chancy

    This app sucks big time. Make it like the iPhone app or even better.

  • http://Website pulse

    Could anyone send me the apk file? cus i have this “download unsuccessful” problem and can’t download anything from market… please help me! [email protected]

  • http://Website Morten

    Previously , the quality of the pictures uploaded through the facebook app was absolutely horrid. That was fixed in this update!

    I really want “Events” in the app.

  • http://Website Zealot

    The best improvement is that it doesn’t open the browser to view photo’s. I have been waiting since the first version to see that improved.

  • http://Website Rachel

    Is this the FB app that came w/ my Droid or is this a separate app you get from the MP? TIA!

  • http://Website Kerry

    My only thought on this is that Android apps developers set their standards too low for development. Unless there is some reason technically that apps aren’t able to be developed and launched to a higher than iphone standard there isn’t much of an excuse for the tens of thousands of worthless apps on our market.

  • http://twitter.com/tynen Tynen

    I’ve never actually been able to upload a picture to facebook through the “share” section of the gallery. It attempts to upload but it never actually gets there. It will upload ALL day and never make it!

    • http://Website MIke

      Same! Just keep trying. It eventually goes through.

  • http://Website cris

    so many things to be improved, can’t view ‘pages” ended up going into the browser to view what I want to view. hopefully this will come soon

  • http://willcwells.wordpress.com Bill

    I really wish the developers of this app would get off the pot! Where is chat? Not that I use chat all that often, but the option would be nice in a pinch.

    Also, simple functions like changing your profile picture (which I’m pretty sure the iphone version has) are still lacking.

    It just seems like the Android version doesn’t get the TLC that the iphone version gets. There are third party alternatives in the market but they are little better. Babbler has actually been pulled from the market in recent weeks by the developer while the developer of Bloo continues to over promise and under deliver. Shame.

  • http://Website Chris

    I have recently upgraded my facebook app for my desire to this new 1.2 version. It seems to be working fine, but I don’t know how to get a widget working for this new application? Can anyone help? Many Thanks

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  • http://Website wilfred

    This is cool

  • http://Website Phil4

    Check ReChat (Android messenger):
    - Facebook, Yahoo!®, Google Talk, WLM/MSN, Jabber/XMPP;
    - group chat (Yahoo!®, Google Talk, WLM/MSN, XMPP);
    - free voice calls to Google Talk and Yahoo contacts;
    - free SMS worldwide BETA (with replies for USA/Canada);
    - plain/bubble view, font packs, send image/video, copy/paste, password, add/remove contacts.

    Facebook: upload image/video, send image/video, send message (as private event or wall post).
    Yahoo!®: conferences (create/invite).
    Google Talk: group chat, new email notification, unread emails w/o content.
    WLM/MSN: rooms (create/invite).
    Jabber/XMPP: rooms (create/invite).

  • http://Website Jose Manuel