Facebook for iOS Is Now a 4-Star App Thanks to Update

    September 13, 2012
    Josh Wolford
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For many, many moons Facebook’s iOS app was maligned as one of the worst apps from a major company in the App Store. While it was at least functional (at times), people had a point. It was slow, clunky, and apt to crash at any given moment. Photos took days to upload, and scrolling was a nightmare.

Then, after many rumors, Facebook finally updated their iOS app. “Updated” is not really right word here, as they completely rebuilt it from the ground up. They abandoned HTML-5 for Objective-C in order to increase one thing: speed.

“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,” said Facebook on launch day. “We’ve rebuilt the app from the ground up, so now the app opens much faster and your news feed and notifications load right when you open Facebook.”

And the early reviews? Good, for the most part. Most people noticed a dramatic improvement over previous versions of the app. From personal experience, I’ve noticed the app is quicker in almost every single way and the photo viewing experience is the best among almost all of my social media apps.

Today, Facebook says that the new iOS app has been a huge success. According to Mobile product manager Mick Johnson, half of Facebook for iOS users updated their apps within the first four days of release.

And that all-important App Store score? Rehabilitated. In just over three weeks, the score has jumped from 1.5 stars to 4 stars.

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With Facebook for iOS 5.0, Facebook may have finally built a mobile app they can be proud of. What do you think about it?

[via TechCrunch]

  • Matt Headley

    It ABSOLUTELY is a huge improvement!

    A couple nit picks that I’d love to see improved:

    – The ability to copy text. On many apps including Safari, you can often copy text by holding your finger over a word. Then it highlights and then you can stretch the highlight bar over the text you want. I have not found the ability to do this in the facebook app.

    – The ability to share things on your timeline is still extremely stunted in the app that you’d be able to share on your desktop.

    I do wonder though if these things will be improved in the newest IOS.

    One thing that changed was the function in which to save a pic on the timeline. Before, you would quick tap on a pic and a screen would come up. Now, you have to hold down your finger.

  • Matt Headley

    Also, the app still does crash eventually, I assume, after running out of RAM memory, if you’re scrolling back on the news feed. For a long time. HOWEVER, interestingly, you can bring it back up, and before things load, flick down the empty white space boxes until you cannot go down anymore and it will bring you back to where you left off!

  • Paul Briffett

    It won’t let me update because I only have iPhone 3G and it needs iOS4.3 or higher, so I am stuck with the slow and clunky version.