No one ever accused Facebook of being swift or thorough with its app updates, but they're at least usually very welcome when they arrive. Back in 2011, the social network introduced 'Timeline', the now-mandatory profile layout that gives you one giant photo at the top, with a secondary profile picture in the bottom-left corner. Up until recently, you couldn't change your cover photo on mobile. Now, in version 2.2, you can.

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If there are any other changes to this version, Facebook isn't letting on about it. Here's the entire changelog:

Change your cover photo right from your timeline.

Cool update, Facebook. Not to be ungrateful or anything, but it is cool if you do more to work on the mobile app then add one new feature every couple of months. The update is live on the Play Store right now. Grab it from the widget below.

Update: An eagle-eyed reader Nick Chan noticed another new feature in this update - the ability to swipe down and dismiss comment modals. Observe:

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Left: before today's update; middle, right: today's update - see the notch at the top of the box?

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

    The wife will be happy about this since she was just asking me how to do this from her phone last week.

    • malcolmest

      I saw someone comment about this on my feed yesterday.

  • Nick Carter

    Ditch the official app and use Fast for Facebook Pro - a lot faster/lightweight as an app, and the battery drain is minimal.

    • http://ridukkokun.wordpress.com/ Dukkokun

      I actually tried it and ended back using Tinfoil. It's sad to say, but not all the content is displayed on Fast for Facebook, and mobile fb is decent at least.

    • Jeffrey Matthews

      Except it's a terrible implementation of Facebook if you actually use it.

  • http://twitter.com/Letsan Rodrigo Chiong

    Wouldn't they get rid of those pesky background services that take up over 25MB of RAM even when location, chat, photo uploading and contact sync are turned off ?!

    Fast for Facebook is on the right track, but there are many elements that don't get properly displayed like other people's wall posts...

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

    Still need to get rid of the menu button, Facebook...

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000820908978 Влатко Стојанов

      Slide navigation will be great.

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

        Yeah, if they could put everything from the menu button into the sidebar, that'd be perfect.

  • http://ubuntu-su.blogspot.com/ Kleverson Royther

    The only thing bugging me on Facebook for Android is that the timeline cover is not displayed right. If you did any trick to "merge" profile photo and timeline cover on the desktop version, its mobile counterpart is busted...

    • bondx99

      Same here..Id kept a creative profile pic aligning with cover pic on desktop..on opening that with mobile made me look stupid..work needed there!

  • https://twitter.com/#!/psycho_maniac_ Jerry Lange

    I'd like gps location turned off in facebook. I have it turned off in both the app and messenger app, but whenever i open facebook gps is activated.

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

    An eagle-eyed reader Nick Chan noticed another new feature in this update - the
    ability to swipe down and dismiss comment modals. I've updated the post to reflect the new change.

    • Nick Chan

      Too kind :)

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

      I don't see the purpose of that. If you tap outside of the dialog or hit the back button, it already clears it. I didn't like that because it would dismiss the dialog if you were in the middle of typing a comment and accidentally hit a pixel outside of the dialog or keyboard. Stuff like this (and how long it took to go native in the first place) makes me wonder if anybody at Facebook is even using their own apps.

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

        Good observation - I actually already lost a comment to this today.

  • AllPurposeRadio

    How about being able customize a posts audience by specific individual.

  • http://www.facebook.com/a.matthew.walton Matthew Walton

    I don't suppose they've fixed the frequent instances where the app just decides it can't post any comments?

  • Athishay

    And we still can't delete or edit comments. This is just going backwards every day.

  • andrew parkinson

    Galaxy s3 still cant update my status even when when update facebook

  • bondx99

    Seriously AP, stop making news of every update of of every app..some updates are newsworthy like whatsapp going holo, etc but this minor change thing is just ridiculous..can change profile picture? Whoa its news..please stop!..
    Please cover things like for eg yesterday an Indian manufacturer Micromax launched a 5 inch 720p IPS display, 1.2 ghz quad core, 1 gb ram, 8 mp camera, jelly bean out of box, etc..why is this a news? Coz the phone is for $100!!! (There is no contract system there whatsoever)..Anyways my 2 cents
    -Loyal APian,

  • Kakashi Hatake

    How can I edit or delete comments in Facebook app?

    • primalxconvoy

      Probably, you can't, which is similar to the awful touch site. Just use the mobile site, which has more features than both the app and the touch site.

      • Kakashi Hatake

        facebook app used to have this feature of double tap to remove or edit

  • primalxconvoy

    People still USE the app? Just install Opera mini, change the icon to Facebook and rename it as such and only use the homepage/custom Facebook page on the Opera start page and you're set.