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Friday, April 11, 2014

[Android app] Facebook updated with a new user interface



Facebook for Android has been updated with a new user interface which is flatter and easier to navigate through. This is the same design which was released for a short period on Facebook's alpha channel several months ago. Facebook for Android is now visually more similar to its iOS counterpart in terms of looks, as both the buttons and the interface elements are now even more minimalistic and simplified.

You can download the update directly on your device through the Google Play Store. You can also download the update and find out whats new after the break.

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The Facebook for Android app also brings several enhancements to its user interface. Previously users could only swipe between the leftmost menu, news feed, and Facebook chat. Now new buttons have been added on the main screen to view your notifications and friend requests.

This means Facebook users on Android will have five different tabs to swipe between - their news feed, friend requests, messages, notifications, and the Facebook menu, which can be found furthest to the right. Fortunately, the Facebook chat window has been kept unchanged, but you can't access it via swipe, you have to tap the top right button instead.

Additionally the Status, Photo and Check In posting options are now located on the bottom of your screen. They will disappear automatically when you scroll down through your news feed and appear again when you scroll up.

Along with all these new features, the update also brings several performance improvements and bug fixes to the app, which should enhance the reliability and overall speed. If the update is not available immediately it may take awhile to reach your device as such updates are generally rolled out in phases.

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