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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by MLSS, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. MLSS

    MLSS Android Expert
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    I have been beta testing Tue Facebook app for a couple weeks now and Fb has finally shown some real improvements.
    The news feed has improved some as well as a few other things.

    Anyone else Beta testing Fb for Android?
     

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  2. Petrah

    Petrah Psychotic Female

    Didn't know there was a beta app. Got links to news articles, link to the app perhaps?
     
  3. gtbarry

    gtbarry Android Expert

    Is it still overly aggressive with app permissions? Does it still kill your battery?

    Facebook has always been a well designed app and slick to use. It's all that other stuff I don't like.
     
  4. MLSS

    MLSS Android Expert
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    There is a Fb group you have to join using your Google play email and once it is approved you can download it in the play store.....
    The link is listed in the play store so you can just go there and join. It is a closed group.
     
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  5. MLSS

    MLSS Android Expert
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    Permissions haven't changed and if you turn on refresh and notifications yes it will drain your battery. They are working on the UI and I am hopeful they can make the app smaller as far as how much ram it uses.
     
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  6. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    Id love if they totally redesigned it and gave it a nice clean G+ look (since none of my friends will make the switch to g+ lol)
     
  7. Stuntman

    Stuntman Android Expert

    It still sucks in landscape.
     
  8. palmtree5

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  9. MLSS

    MLSS Android Expert
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    I agree.
    They seem to really be listening and that is a common complaint so hopefully they will address it.
     
  10. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    Im one of these people (i dont know how rare i am tbh lol) who only uses landscape when taking/viewing pics, watching vids. Im just not in the habit of using landscape mode to browse or use social sites.
    Maybe its because i dont type in landscape. I still use an oldskool keypad lol :D View attachment 57885
     
  11. gingersnapgirl

    gingersnapgirl Android Enthusiast

    I'm running it. It seems decent, but the only real issues I had with the non-beta version isn't something that's exclusive to mobile: top stories vs. most recent.

    I want to know whose hare-brained idea it was to add top stories and not make the toggle PERSISTENT. It's annoying to have to change the setting every.single.time I open the app, and at least once a day on the browser version.

    I don't care what Facebook thinks my "top stories" are, I just want to see my feed in chronological order.

    And they seem to be ignoring the many, many requests to change this on the beta group on Facebook.

    *sigh*
     
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  12. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    Thats the #1 thing thats put me off fb lately lol
     
  13. MLSS

    MLSS Android Expert
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    News feed is fixed!

    Search doesn't work in the latest update though
     
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  14. Stuntman

    Stuntman Android Expert

    If you use a Transformer tablet with a keybaord dock, you pretty much have to use it in landscape as the tablet docks with the keyboard in landscape. FB does landscape poorly. Google+ does landscape really well. Many apps don't even have a landscape orientation, so those are pretty much useless on my tablet.
     
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  15. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    Yeah that must be annoying man. I suppose it is quite a niche device though :thumbup:
     
  16. Stuntman

    Stuntman Android Expert

    I wrote to many developers complaining about the lack of landscape mode. My banking app is the worse. The developer told me to use the mobile site.

    If you do a lot of typing, the Transformer with keyboard dock is an excellent device. That is the reason I got it over and above all other tablets. I think it is still the best keyboard dock and its been out for over 2 years.
     
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  17. gingersnapgirl

    gingersnapgirl Android Enthusiast

    in what way is it fixed?
     
  18. MLSS

    MLSS Android Expert
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    It will still reset to "top story's" if you sign out, but "most recent" works great. Finally everything seems to always be in chronological order and when you update the news feed it actually loads new posts.......

    However, search function has stopped working and load times have slowed way down.
    I don't use notifications but I have read where some problems have popped up there.
    No changes to the UI. (At least for me)
    If you are running Gingerbread you can move the app to SD card. (I have Jellybean so I don't know if it works or not.)
     
  19. gingersnapgirl

    gingersnapgirl Android Enthusiast



    I won't consider this truly fixed until "Top Stories" is completely removed. I don't trust Facebook's algorithms to be able to determine what a "top story" is for ME.
     
  20. MLSS

    MLSS Android Expert
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    I agree and I do believe it will be removed on the final version.




    I have noticed that they have made one or two minor changes to the UI. I believe that the next update will focus on the UI mostly as well as fixing a few bugs.
     
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  21. MLSS

    MLSS Android Expert
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    I have found several issues with loading and load times.
     
  22. MLSS

    MLSS Android Expert
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    Things seem to load faster today. The search function is working but it is very slow.
     
  23. MLSS

    MLSS Android Expert
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    I have sent several fc reports as well as a couple others today.
     
  24. MLSS

    MLSS Android Expert
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    The app has been running super smooth ony Rush since the last update!
     
  25. MLSS

    MLSS Android Expert
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    I notice a few hangups here and there.
    Sometimes if I press the notification icon nothing happens. News feed runs really smooth for the most part.
    Seems to be a little lighter on the ram.

    So me times it takes a while to load pages though
     
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