Facebook Refreshes its Android App

Facebook has recently refreshes its Android app. The updated app comes with an entirely new menu, enhanced photo capabilities and repositioned buttons.

The Product Manager at Facebook Keith Peiris stated in a blog post that the latest version is much faster and simpler. According to post, the refreshed version makes photos and albums “up to two times faster.” Moreover, the latest version offers a simple and easy way to share photos, edit captions and read comments.

The new Android app also receives a new left-hand menu to prevent users to go back to the main menu to navigate through different options. Facebook has also shifted the notifications and messages button on the top of the app, which were previously present in the main menu. According to reports, the update will soon be available for download in the Android Market.

In addition to Android app, there are rumors suggesting that Facebook is going to release a standalone Places app known as ‘Nearby’ as well. Prior to this, the world’s largest social network has already released a standalone app for sending messages and texts in the form of Facebook Messenger. It was released back in August after Facebook’s acquisition of group-messaging app Beluga.

Facebook has recently acquired Gowalla that will further help accelerate the development of any Places app that was in the pipeline. The acquisition of Gowalla by social network is to get its assistance in developing different features, such as Timeline. Facebook has no intentions to get hold of its location-based technology. The team at Gowalla will however assist the team in Facebook camp to help developing its standalone Places app.

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