Yes, we’ve all been there, and done that – Facebook on our smartphones isn’t something new, some might say. And to be honest, I was with each of you skeptical folks on this one. As much as I love my smartphone and how easy it makes browsing and e-mailing on the move, I wasn’t quite satisfied with its Facebook app and used to prefer checking Facebook only when I was online through a PC. But I recently got a chance to check out the new and improved Facebook app for the iOS, and let me tell you, I was certainly not disappointed.
The updated Facebook app for iPhones is specifically optimized to work on Apple’s devices and is far more responsive and works almost twice as fast as the older versions. At first look though, you may not be able to see much of the change, as the UI remains pretty much the same, with just a few extra additions like a banner for “New Stories” and improved photo viewing experience. But the real change is in the code – what previously was coded in HTML5 has now been coded entirely with Apple’s iOS SDK, making it extremely customized and exclusive, and hence offering much better performance.
It sure must have been a lot of work, but the results are something we are all extremely grateful for. Unlike the previous updates to the app, this one has completely revamped the code of the Facebook app to make it so much edgier and faster to use. In addition, Facebook on mobiles is moving in a more social direction with Facebook’s Messenger and Camera add-on apps. With the Camera app, sharing photos and creating albums becomes a one-step process. The latest version of the Camera app even has its own news tab that gives you exclusive notifications about photos and even lets you “Like” comments received.
But one of the best features of the Facebook for mobiles has got to be the Messenger app that lets me chat with my online friends, no matter where I am. This just makes it more likely for me to bump into those friends who rarely ever come online on Facebook and get an update or two from them, right from my mobile. The coolest thing about the Facebook Messenger app is that it works just like the Chat feature on the Facebook link on your PC. When you go offline because you lose your connection or log out, any messages sent to you come up in your inbox as messages. This is especially important given our mobile networks do inevitably let us down when we are traveling, but that doesn’t mean we have to lose our conversations.
So now, that I have the whole gamut of Facebooks apps installed, my phone has just made me so much more social – be it Places, sharing photos using Camera, catching up with friends using Messenger, or just plain old Facebooking, I get to do it on the move, and I get to do it real fast.