Facebook for Android Updated to V1.7

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Facebook for Android New UI and 'Nearby' Leaks

The Facebook application for Android devices was updated today and a whole bunch of exciting new features were added.

Facebook lists the top features in this update as follows.

  • Made it easier to share with who you want
  • Improved the sharing tool to add privacy controls on posts and match your settings on the web site
  • Added the ability to tag friends and places in posts
  • Added new design for Profile and Group Walls
  • Fixes and tweaks:
  • Improved photo browsing with swiping
  • Added the ability to tag your friends in photos
  • Improved Messages and Notifications
  • Fixed a number of crashes and performance issues

What this means is you get a new stand-alone posting interface which allows you to tag friends, places and add photos. The UI also uses more of the mobile site now; for example, when viewing groups and profiles, the walls appear as they do in the mobile site with some slight modifications. The News Feed and other lists- including notifications- now have the 'slide to refresh' feature implemented. The Messages section of the app now also uses the mobile site.

I personally believe that Facebook has gone too far towards fast information; they have lost much of the great UI which kept them above the 3rd party competition, but now they seem to be headed in the direction of a simple website.