14
May
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Remember when Facebook said that it was going to finish its IPO, and then work on improving its mobile experience? Well, reverse that. Ahead of the company's IPO, the social networking giant has already announced at least one minor improvement to its mobile apps and website: bigger pictures and posts!

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Old version on the left, new version in the center and right.

In an effort to make use of all those wonderful high-resolution displays you kids are carrying around these days, Facebook is making photos look bigger, and posts wider, to the point of reaching the edges of your display. Well, almost, if the pictures above are any indication. Still, it's a lot wider (and prettier!) than what we're previously used to. Those who are familiar with Facebook's many, many site changes will recognize that this is something they did a while back for their desktop feeds, so it should be both an expected and welcome change, adding a bit more design cohesion.

The update is being conducted server side, so no need to update your apps. Just wait for Facebook to sneak into your phone in the middle of the night and move your stuff around while you sleep.

Source: Facebook

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • Matt Peterson

    How about they fix the speed issues?  Geeze.

    • BrandoHD

      And the battery issues

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    Funny that they're announcing this after the Google+ iOS redesign that features much larger pictures.

  • http://twitter.com/_vinr vinothr

    Why is the photos popping out of the box, looks retarded. Is this another 'quick' response to Google+'s new and beautiful iPhone app?

  • Finn H

    I think they should start from scratch with the Facebook app now they have bought instagram. It's so unbelievably bad and frustrating. I've spent hours staring at that spinning load icon. I'm glad they don't get any money out of the app at the moment at least, because for that they don't deserve any! RAGE

    • Danny Holyoake

      You've spent hours staring at it? Seriously? ;)

      • OhAaron

        I think that the OP is referring to collective hours.  Meaning.. all of the times that he/she has looked at the loading wheel of doom.

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Germian

    How about deleting someone's data when they delete an app or delete their stuff from Facebook? I really don't like that company...

    And even if, I still have to use Facebook for certain things but if I have to use an app, I use Friendcaster. 

    • Josh Brown

      I don't always use a Facebook client, but when I do I prefer Friendcaster :-P

      • http://www.twitter.com/darrylcobb maxrobes2000

         Friendcaster is good but everyone's posts don't show up through there. Also, it crashes too much for me. I have the paid version.

  • Atermoon

    So they saw the G+ redesign and decided to go apeshit on their already bad app? The photos sticking outside the frame remind me of geocities back in the day.

  • http://www.savvasdalkitsis.com Savvas Dalkitsis

    Um... I've had this for a while now...

  • http://www.facebook.com/mariocaraujo Mario Araujo

    They should fix the cpu usage that´s always 20~40% no matter if you´re using the app or not.

  • yarrellray

    Any change is good. Know application is perfect and never will be rather on android or ios.

    • chris125

       *no come on dick grammar 101....

    • chris125

       *no come on dick grammar 101....

  • Tee

    Am I being paranoid (or any other Black Sabbath title) or are those pictures of certain fruit-named company's phones? Brr...

  • XideXL

    How is this new? My app has looked like this for 6 months (though admittedly only on timeline profiles, the old profiles had smaller pictures, but everyone is timeline nowso...) This really isn't a reaction to G+, it's been this way.

  • Hoo

    Seems there are new tweaks again.