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Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in Mobile, Social Networks |

Facebook introduces native application for Android

Facebook introduces native application for Android

After much waiting, Android users finally have a native application on Facebook for our smartphones. The biggest social network in the world has just announced the release of version 2.0, which, in theory, is much faster when opening the user timeline and view photos. Considering the slow pace of the previous version, is a most welcome change. Moreover, differences in the interface are barely noticeable, without design changes.

In a time when users are accessing social networks via mobile in a consistent , standard and replaced HTML5 Adobe Flash to display multimedia content and application development, completely ceases to move the industry to prefer a native code that, in turn, increases the speed at the time of uploading, browsing the Timeline, and look at the application Newsfeed.

The application has not yet formally come Google Play-come in the next few hours, so we can not confirm first hand the differences in performance. However, if the results of the first version are any indication, it should not take much to improve speed: Facebook for was characterized as an app with many mistakes, one of which was the slowness of opening profiles, events, and many other content provided by the platform. Many users were more likely to prefer an application developed by third parties before the official use. Now, things can change.

In addition, Facebook took the opportunity to add some of the functionality that premiered a few weeks ago with the release of the iOS version. For example, a banner called “new story” or new story that appears when new posts appear on the timeline while you’re browsing. However, most of the differences we can find under the hood: improved performance, more memory efficiency, better “garbage collection” for not getting stuck while browsing, and a scrolling engine itself which is different from Android.

Although Facebook has been characterized by prioritizing OS updates from Apple, is impossible to ignore the popularity in recent times has received Android. The terminals with the OS of Google have become very serious competition for the iPhone, and now they are also concentrating their efforts on tablets-without, as yet, to shake the iPad’s reign.

In September this year, Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, had shot his dice against HTML5 saying that focusing on this standard for their mobile applications had been a waste of two years of work . Very strong statements, which indicated that from this time were betting on native applications on their mobile versions.

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