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May
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Facebook's Android team pushed out an incremental update v1.9.4 today with "improved performance and various bug fixes." Just what those improvements and bug fixes are will remain a mystery - the only useful part of such changelogs is we know what they didn't do in this release.

So, what did those who updated think of increased performance?

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Business as usual then - got it.

Facebook on my Epic Touch has never seemed particularly slow UI-wise, but pulling data takes uncomfortably long even on Wi-Fi. If the Facebook app ever got to Spotify's level of fast, I'm sure its rating would start quickly rising from the measly 3.6. Maybe that will happen someday, once the engineering team prioritizes it over adding and removing various shortcuts and buying mansions.

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Artem Russakovskii
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  • http://digg.com/users/OmegaWolf Silver Fang

    *cough*FriendCaster*cough*

  • Bhighmiller1973

    ill stick with my friendcaster pro 

  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    Very quick note - the same team that Boid for Twitter is making a new Facebook app which will be Holo themed and made specifically for ICS.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      If it's made by the Boid team, then we can expect some nice prototype UIs that quickly become painful to look at at implementation time. I'll stick to the Facebook site myself for now.

      • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

        What do you mean by that? Boid simply followed the design guidelines and added some slight tweaks. We'll do pretty much the same for our Facebook app, but insert some Facebook UI stuff as well.

      • Ravrahn

        How is it painful to look at? It's gorgeous!

        That said, the custom icons need work - they don't mesh with stock icons. But making them mesh is quite difficult, so I can't blame them for that.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          It's really not - the app went from being striking in its simplicity and layout to bland and generic - the feed is too crowded and spaced poorly, it's difficult to parse. The top vs. bottom icons don't mesh at all. The whole borderless thing kind of makes it look incomplete. The earlier iterations were much better aesthetically.

          I'm not saying this is the worst-looking Twitter app out there (not by a long shot), but it certainly hasn't swayed me from the official app.

  • siddharthbandhu

    F-Facebook

    F-Fail

    G-Google+
    G-Great

    T-Twitter
    T-Terrific

    M-Myspace
    M-Makeover (In latter part of 2012)

  • Andrea De Togni

    To be honest I don't find it very slow, but my main issue is that it's always eating up processing power when idle. So I constantly kill it.
    Have you tried FAST for Facebook. I don't "love" the rendering but it's much faster: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=app.fastfacebook.com&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImFwcC5mYXN0ZmFjZWJvb2suY29tIl0.andre

  • WillKennerley

    Got the same problem here - the UI loading is super speedy but the data takes a while to load in..

  • http://www.startuptoday.co.uk/ Phil M

    I never update Facebook for my HTC anymore, every time i do something else seems to go wrong. Instead i have to use Friend Stream to view Facebook. just wish it was more like the Twitter app which is faster and more smooth to use !

  • Krismith724

    I use this app and I think it works better that the actual FB app and its in beta still. Lol
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=app.fastfacebook.com&hl=en

  • Navindchitty

    Much speedier on galaxy nexus but can't find button to update my status now @@

  • John

    Laughed pretty hard at the 'sucks balls' comment in the screen cap above

  • Montygue

    Down For Everyone says Facebook is completely down. Its working like shit for me.
    http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/facebook.com 

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    I'm glad you guys suggested Fast for Facebook. I'm loving it a lot more than Friendcaster, both because it looks nicer, it's faster, and because it actually shows all of the Facebook posts that you would see in the official Facebook app (such as "X was tagged in this photo," "X liked this status," etc).

  • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

    People actually use that crappy app?  I tried it waaaaaayy back when I first had my OG evo and all it did was run horribly and suck battery like a jersey chaser sucks...you get it.

    Maybe that is why Facebook had to admit they cant make money on mobile, their apps are crap.  Even their IOS app is terrible and its still 5x better than the Android one.  Its so bad that I dont even really use facebook anymore since 90% of my browsing is on my phone or tablet.

  • DavidKSims

    To be honest, I have pretty much given up on FB. Even on WiFi, this app is crap!! It takes 20 or more seconds to update and after some usage, pictures will not even load at all. Killing the app does not help as it's still in the background. If I reboot the phone it helps some, but it still kills my phone. Best to reboot and not use FB app at all, then my Photon is a dream smartphone. I have played with hundreds of apps over the years, this is by far the bottom of the barrel! No wonder the stock price is tanking! I have noticed, if I view, 50 post or pictures, if I hit the back button, I go back thru all 50 screens so its still in memory, hence the reboots!