Facebook for Android has been notoriously slow to release updates and features in general, and last night's update reaffirmed that the app is nowhere near the top of Facebook's priority list. The Deals feature has been available on iOS since early November of 2010, only reaching Android almost 3 months later. According to the changelog, the Deals functionality is the only addition to the app, so let's take a quick look at how exactly you are going to find said deals.

As you can see, upon updating and starting Facebook, you will not find a Deals button anywhere in the menu. Confused? Don't be. Deals are actually built into Places and show themselves using little post-it note looking icons in the check-in list. Click Places, then Check In, and look around. If you don't see a yellow icon, search for something like "24 hour fitness," "Starbucks," or just "a," which should produce a long list of nearby places.

As you can see below, there are at least 2 types of deals - % or $ off (in yellow) and donations to charity (in green). If you are nearby the place you're trying to check into, just hit Check In, and you're done - the deal should now be redeemable.

Now, can you concentrate on getting more missing core features that have been lagging behind the main site for months (years?), Facebook?

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Grab the update from the Market or by clicking or scanning this QR code:

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.katana

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Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
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  • Kane

    I guess there's another category - free stuff. But then again, free = 100% off :D

  • astria

    Sad thing is, Places is not available in many places...

  • Román

    It may be one of the worst apps out there. Hopefully, someday, it will work right.

  • Silver Fang

    I don't understand why Facebook neglects their Android app while it fawns over the iPhone and BlackBerry apps. Android has now trumped iPhone and BlackBerry as the biggest selling smartphone OS. It behooves Facebook to keep their Android users happy, or they will go the way of MySpace.