Facebook's official app for Android got a nice update today, bringing with it just a few changes, though the enhancements it does bring do make the app just a tad more intuitive and functional.

The update includes a new event creation interface that allows users schedule events of all types in a snap, choosing locations, times, and privacy settings all from one screen. Also included is a "new upload flow" for sharing photos. This may sound vague but the idea is that, with the new update, Facebook's "photo" action (when you check in or simply choose to upload a photo from the main screen) will dump you into a list of all the photos on your device, allowing you to tap as many as you like for upload at once. Finally, the update brings the ability to add photos and emoji to messages – a feature that, while not super practical, is convenient to have.

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Though Play Store reviews may attest that Facebook's Android app still doesn't make a fully capable replacement for its web counterpart, enhancements like these are certainly a step in the right direction. To grab the update, just check your device for a prompt or hit the widget below.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

    It's a start.

  • http://twitter.com/RegisKKK RĂ©gis

    The worst part is that you can't share posts like it's web version :(

    • fastcx

      Use chrome Mobile and share from chrome menu

  • ScottColbert

    I'll stick with friendcaster

  • Glenn

    Guessing there aren't any battery improvements yet? It's the one app I have to kill whenever I exit...

    • John

      Huh? Just turn off the refresh interval for this POS. Then it won't matter when you hit the back button.

      • Glenn

        Oh, trust me it does. It just drains no matter what. I've never had notifications switched on anyway.

        Can only hope that being at 1.9.8 means a decent update to 2.0 soon, even though the app itself is basically just a wrapper.

        • John

          How though? Hell I have the push notifications on & turn on refresh interval (only go in it once every day or two) & I've never seen it show up in my battery stat usage. Oh well...I guess we can at least agree that it sucks pretty bad ;)

  • Jordan_KZ

    Why the shit do Facebook continue to use this atrocious UI? Jesus christ, you're the most download third party application the Play Store and you don't even use Holo UI at all.

  • http://dustin.sullivanclan.net/blog theanimation

    There's a new permission for the app, too: Access to coarse (network-based) location

    • John


  • Kenny O

    It makes no sense that on the old Blackberry FB app I could select a specific folder to share photos too, but neither the Android or iOS app allows you to. They just share to your main feed.........is it something I'm missing??

  • jaysann22

    I guess i'll try to reinstall but the last i had it, it was crashing and failing to load screens. it would also try to run in the background and even crash when i wasnt using it. A lot of people with an SGSIII were having issues with the FB app. I'll see if this update actually fixed it but i highly doubt it.... the FB app is almost a 3 star app because of its vast issues.

  • Flaime DeFeo

    Ever notice how in the market screen shots they show no menu button, but the legacy menu button is still actually in use?

  • Wayne Putterill

    Worst thing is they've removed sort by most recent from the app, if their top stories algorithm was any good that might not be a problem, but as it is it's near useless. Am I odd in wanting to see all posts by all my friends in chronological order?

  • Rudy Belova

    Won't stop force closing!!! Grrr.. Back to friendcaster i go!

  • http://twitter.com/cabbieBot cabbieBot

    Not seeing the emoji's. I must have teh dumbz.

  • Gav456

    You used to be able to add photos to a specific album by going to the 'photos' "app" and pressing the + in the right corner. Then they stopped it, Why!? Facebook for HTC sense does it, but who wants to have to use more than 1 app to upload photos?

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.derbyshire Steve Derbyshire

    Nice, constantly crashes. have to use browser now, 20 "stopped working" "force close" notifications today on HTC One S

  • Kelley

    Why did they get rid of the "sort by" feature? I HATE the "top stories" crap and always prefer to sort by "most recent" so I can see *all* my friends' posts as they happened. Instead I'm missing out on posts because of this feature was removed and replaced with "contacts" in the upper right corner. Hey Facebook, if I wanted my friends list, I'd also just go into the Friends list on the left-hand side menu. Don't duplicate that and take away the "sort by"! PLEASE add that back in the next update!!!

  • Elvin

    found it. on the left menu, click on the 'setting icon' beside 'news feed' and select most recent. but doing so hang my phone twice