Facebook Retools Mobile Site

New m.facebook.com meant to better accommodate different devices

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Some mobile phones don’t do much more than make and receive phone calls and texts.  Others almost function as pocket-sized computers.  But engineers have now made interesting changes to Facebook’s primary mobile site (m.facebook.com) that should allow it to better serve all users.

People with modern smartphones shouldn’t worry that this is a step backward; Facebook hasn’t decided to simplify everything for the sake of a few devices that would be better off in museums.  Interfaces are in fact supposed to stay about the same or even improve.

Lee Byron, a product designer, explained in an official note, “With the new m.facebook.com, users with high-end touch devices will see a rich touch-friendly interface; for users with feature phones, the site will look and work great.”

Then Byron continued, “Every device uses the same framework.  This way we can move even faster and build new features just once for every mobile device.  It also means that everyone can access the same features, whether writing messages or checking into Places.”

That should please folks who tend to get left behind, and it should help Facebook catch on in places (perhaps whole countries) where smartphones aren’t too common.  It seems bound to result in people visiting the social network more often, as well, once the new site fully launches.

Look for the upgraded m.facebook.com to roll out over the next month or so.  Byron, meanwhile, expects the change will allow him to delete “tens of thousands of lines of old mobile site code.”

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    I have the t-mobile htc hd2 and when I facebook I can’t seem to check-in. Hopefully this feature will work on my phone now.

  • Kevin

    The new mobile facebook is not a step forward at all. I own a htc hero but am due an upgrade. Waiting on the Samsung galaxy s2, even tho these are touch screen phones and I used to use both the mobile site because it let me delete comments n stuff I didn’t want on my wall. That the touch site doesn’t also when I use my phones sense interface the “people app” let’s me see who’s birthdays are at this time then I could just click and go and write on the persons wall. But if I don’t have htc sense the new mobile site DOES NOT show who’s birthdays it is when you go on. And also the old m.facebook allowed you to go to the touch site via a little link at the bottom. Very handy! Now that has gone! First facebook changed the complete layouts of their main site (which in my opinion is not better than the old one) most of my friends think the same..now they have changed the mobile site aswell. I put a status update about it and within minutes loads of my friends agreed through the like botton! Why is facebook changing things for the worse and not improving the sites and android app is TERRIBLE not worth using!!so now I had to download an app just to go to the touch site on my homescreen. Have the new mobile site hope they improve it so that we see birthdays and can delete comments wedon’t want! As we now can’t do this without going to the full site!…sorry to go on about this but it’s so annoying.

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