Facebook Inc (FB), like its iOS app, has finally moved away from HTML5 app to a native Android app. The social network has released an update to its mobile app, but users should not expect any big visual changes. The big changes will be in the overall functioning and performance of the app.
Facebook has built this new app from scratch, just like the social network giant did with its iOS app. Facebook Inc (FB) says that they have rebuilt the app in native code to improve speed and performance.
In a blog post on its engineering blog, Facebook Inc (FB) states, "we're moving from a hybrid native/webview to pure native code, allowing us to optimize the Facebook experience for faster loading, new user interfaces, disk cache, and so on."
Facebook says that they have rebuilt several core features in native code such as news feed and Timeline, which means users can now expect a faster performance when opening the app, looking for photos, or interacting with friends.
Now, you can comment and like a story more quickly, and photo loading is optimized to be much faster. We also built a new, automatically updated story banner to bubble up the newest stories, no matter where you are in news feed.
Finally, it can be said that this new update brings with it many new performance improvements. The new Android app is going to load and work faster, compared to the old app.
Facebook for Android can now be downloaded from the Google Play Store. In most cases, you must already have the app installed to do this. Simply update the app from Play Store app, and you will now have a brand new native app that should work faster and smoother.