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Facedroid is an app that ambitiously set out to give users a more powerful, functional Facebook experience. Until now, though, it was only available for Android tablets.

In a substantial update to version 2.52 today, that changed – the new update finally brings Facedroid to your phone. The phone interface, as you may expect, looks to bring the same functionality users have come to know and love from the tablet version. That being said, it should be noted that the phone interface is in beta, so users can expect that not everything works perfectly yet. To that end, the developers promise plenty of updates "coming soon" to continue refining Facedroid for the small screen. The app is also on sale, running just $0.99 compared to its typical $2.49 price point.

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If the official Facebook app's 2.0 update wasn't quite what you'd hoped for, or if you just want a different experience (that only promises to get better), click through below to get Facedroid for any of your Android devices.

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.

  • aatifsumar

    Now that we finally have an awesome native Facebook client, who needs Friendcaster or the likes of this?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506195779 Bryan Pizzuti

      Try sharing something to a page or group with the native Facebook client. Friendcaster lets you "share" something to anything you have set up as a favorite.

    • Why am I home on NYE?

      Friendcaster still wins.

      • aatifsumar

        Srsly, why ARE you home on NYE?

      • David Stallard

        We're working on that ;-)

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      The original selling point of Facedroid (and Friendcaster to a lesser extent) was that it was much better suited to tablets than the standard Facebook app, which still doesn't do much for tablets. I feel like they could have done more to make Facedroid better on tablets, but that's a bigger subject.

      • David Stallard

        We've got plenty of plans we're still working on to make Facedroid much better on tablets, while also bringing a phone version as well, and in both versions we hope to bring stuff that makes it better, easier, more enjoyable to access Facebook on Android devices than the official app does. Big ask, but that's what we're working on.

        • MvP77

          When i try to install from the market it says app not available for my device. Galaxy Nexus. Stock, Rooted.

          • David Stallard

            Sorry, found the issue and it's fixed now but might take some time to update in the Play Store. Thanks for letting me know about this, much appreciated.

          • MvP77

            Thank you for the quick fix and reply!

          • David Stallard

            You're very welcome!

  • David Stallard

    Thanks for the write-up, Liam.
    Album preview images we'll have fixed very soon and the widget should be fully functional in the next couple of days as well, so stay tuned.
    Any questions, just let me know - plenty of updates to come.

    • http://www.facebook.com/larryjasonstorey Jason Storey

      I always like when the developers post to clarify things like this. Feels like they are really paying attention to the users.
      Edit. Not sure if I'll use, not a big Facebook user, but supporting developers.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Thanks for stopping by David, good to hear those things (and more) are in the works!

      • David Stallard

        No worries. V2.53 was released earlier today with that album issue fixed along with some other bug fixes. Next update shouldn't be too far away with further bug fixes and improvements. Great feedback so far and everyone seems really happy to help us find issues so we can make Facedroid really crank.

    • KaliK0t

      I bought this app a few months ago (when it was relatively new) And your email reply and dedication to improving this app made me purchase it.

      I was kind of disappointed when it did not have any updates for awhile but Im glad we are back on track!

      Honestly, I now use the official app more when the native update hit but it still doesnt have a tablet experience so facedroid still has a space on my device

  • popcicle

    Quick question. Does this app allow you to save facebook pictures? The actual fb app doesnt and i hate it.

    • David Stallard

      Sure does @b7280af3b3d69e86e4f68240cf1529bc:disqus - see screenshot attached where you just select the save icon from the top row and it'll save the photo directly to your device.

      • LTame

        What about the "Share" button? If it's there, does it work like the Facebook official share? :3

        • David Stallard

          Yep, allows you to share a photo or post etc on your own wall :-)

  • Greg Ilicious

    Does it support multiple accounts and do it well? I got Friendcaster simply because I manage the work account and my personal one, usually from the same device. Friendcaster does it, but doesn't necessarily do it well. Too many errors.

    • David Stallard

      Facedroid doesn't support multiple accounts at the moment but it's certainly on our radar. We haven't done it yet largely due to exactly what you mentioned, too many errors. The Facebook API has lots of different components and swapping all elements from one account to another isn't an easy thing to implement without having issues.

  • ScottColbert

    Finally a Facebook app that doesn't suck.! I was totally unaware of face droid until tonight, and glad I found it. Fast loading, pretty intuitive and decent ui. Nice job.

  • David Stallard

    FYI, album cover photo issue has been fixed, update coming soon which also fixes some other bugs so keep an eye out for v2.53.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dontsh00tmesanta Daniel Quintero

    What's makes it better than the native app

  • Creutzfeld

    Will my posts appear as "via Facedroid" on the newsfeed and is it linked to an app in facebook?

    • David Stallard

      Yes, posts made via Facedroid will say "via Facedroid" when viewed on the website. This isn't something we have control over, it's just how the Facebook API works.

  • dobbsy

    I'm sorry but this app is ugly and extremely slow and laggy. Crashed on me twice in 5 minutes. Pales in comparison to the official app, which is really saying something. Uninstalled.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.whitworth John Whitworth

    Is it just me, or is this extremely slow and choppy (even on a Nexus 4)? On wifi, pages are taking a really long time to load (especially pictures), and scrolling is just awful. However, I realize it's in beta so I don't expect everything to be perfect. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't the only one to experience these performance issues.

  • Jack Holt

    I like the app and the setup but images and feed load slow for me. This is the first non official fb app I've used and I like it. Just curious about the slow load and if it's a localized issue or something others are experiencing.

    • David Stallard

      Load time depends on connection speed as content is being downloaded from the Facebook servers to your device, but rest assured we're working on improving this as much as possible so you should expect to see improvements in load times in the coming weeks as we improve this further.
      Thanks for the feedback @abb7128b6df7215f41e76c2c244d22c8:disqus

      • Jack Holt

        Thanks for the reply. I look forward to it. :-)

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