Facebook Reboots iOS App, Purportedly Performs Twice as Fast

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News Posted: Thu, Aug 23 2012 1:45 PM
Great news for Facebook fans who own an iOS device. You may have noticed in the past that Facebook hasn't always performed the way you would expect on your iPhone or iPad, and so Mark Zuckerberg's team of coders went back to the drawing board and retooled the mobile app with an eye towards speed. The newest release -- version 5.0 -- is supposed to be twice as fast as before, Facebook claims.

"Today we're announcing an update to the Facebook app for iPhone and iPad that makes keeping up with friends faster and easier. Facebook 5.0 for iOS is twice as fast as the previous version when launching the app, scrolling through news feed and opening photos in feed," Facebook said in a blog post.

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According to Facebook, the latest release isn't just an update, it's a completely retooled version that was rebuilt from the ground up. Apps now open faster and your news feed and notifications load as soon as you open Facebook, the social networking site says.

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We gave the new app a whirl on both devices and, well, it's definitely a marked improvement over older versions. Whereas previously scrolling would often be jittery, we didn't notice that behavior to be as pronounced during our quick look with the retooled version. Indeed, pictures load immediately, just as promised.

If you're an iOS user, this is the Facebook update you've been waiting for.
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KAdair replied on Thu, Aug 23 2012 2:07 PM

I think it's about time, I've had the facebook app since it first came out. The first releases were great, the app was snappy and you could do what you needed to do! The newest facebook however kills the ram on the device and runs slow all the time! I'm going to go download this app right now!

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Jaybk26 replied on Thu, Aug 23 2012 4:15 PM

Wow, maybe I'll start using the Facebook app again. It was so horribly slow I was turned off it.

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Now for the Android version. It's gotten worse and worse. It feels like they didn't rewrite any of the code, but just kept on adding and adding more and more code to the base of an old version.

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Hmmm. Since theyre loosing steam maybe a good idea to get members happy

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detnight replied on Fri, Aug 24 2012 1:03 AM

Wow that would be great if I had a smart phone or facebook..............................................lol Can't do much with a flip phone (I know I am a tight wad). And facebook, my wife thought i had too many friends

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Erakith replied on Fri, Aug 24 2012 10:19 AM

You'll get a new version too.

Facebook's investors are making them do it so that they can use the platform for effective mobile advertising. The current iterations of the Facebook mobile apps are.. well.. crap.

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CKr replied on Sun, Aug 26 2012 10:18 PM

Hope they do the same for Android

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RRajan replied on Sun, Aug 26 2012 11:55 PM

I want these mobile OSs to have atleast the 95% capability of a PC based web browser facebook page.. Hope they can achieve that

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First facebook should make their apps secure and give more privacy options

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