Facebook for Android Updated with Faster Photos, Better Sharing, and Voice MessagesBy: Josh Wolford - January 18, 2013
Facebook has just updated their Android app with a few new features – faster photo viewing, improved sharing, and voice messaging.
First up is faster photos. Facebook says that this applies to when you open photos from the app, they should simply appear more quickly. Second, users now have the ability to share friends’ stories to Timelines, pages, and groups. This expands the sharing functionality, which previously only allowed users to share their friends’ stories on their own Timelines.
Last, Facebook for Android gets voice messaging – inside the main app. A couple of weeks ago, Facebook gave users of their standalone Facebook Messenger app the ability to send voice messages. This applied to both Android and iOS. Earlier this week, Facebook expanded their VoIP calling to the U.S., but only for iOS.
About a month ago, Facebook for Android received a major upgrade. Version 2.0 launched as “twice as fast” in a number of areas, including photos, opening up the Timeline, and launching the app. This speed update for Android followed a similar type of speed update for Facebook for iOS. Users of both apps had complained about speed for some time, and Facebook rebuilt the apps from the ground up with that in mind.
Facebook also just released Facebook Pages Manager for Android in the U.S. and the U.K.