Facebook may have circumvented the Play Store for one recent update, but it looks like the company decided it would take a more official route for a small bump that just hit. In this version of everyone's "favorite" social network, you'll be able to change your profile pic, hide stories and report spam in the News Feed, and get to group messages in fewer taps. Exciting.


Aside from that, well, there's nothing. It's still the same Facebook, where you can watch your friends and family argue over politics and religion, whine about everything horrible in their life, and ask for help on 4 pics 1 word.

Good ol' Facebook.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Ray

    You forgot to mention that it also includes a new permission - "Download files without notification".

    • John O’Connor

      Does anyone have a teardown for the update that tried to circumvent the play store?

    • Kevin Coppock

      I think I'd be happier if it had download without notification. As it was, my phone would start vibrating like hell every time they felt like alerting me to their update. I've uninstalled and don't plan on going back.

      • Steve Göhre

        Why didn't you use Androids automatic update feature then? If you want automatic updates, go get them! I don't want them, especially not forced onto me and not from something like facebook that then can install all kind of crap on my phone w/o me noticing it.

        • John O’Connor

          The play store has a policy in which any updates requiring new permissions need to be manually installed. So going through the appropriate channels is never a problem. The real question remains why Facebook tried to sideload an update in the first place. I would love to see an APK teardown from the ominous sideload update vs. The official one that just came through the play store. I'm sure they will blame it on some poor tech and some mismanagement on its improper release to alleviate any heat and questions.

      • Chris

        I always like to see what was updated and see if there are any issues with the update and if so I wont download till there is a fix.

        guess people are lazy....

    • Kevin Faaborg

      Exactly, While this is now through the Play store, I had some doubts originally when i got the notification and so I double checked "Network communications" and there it was "download without notification", so am I going to have to worry about other apps being able to get this permission too and download whenever they want? I just uninstalled FB at this point..

  • WHO?

    Maybe one day one of the most important features "unfollow post" and "edit post" will be added SMH

    • sgtguthrie

      Exactly! Can we just get an edit button? Is that really too much to ask?

      • primalxconvoy

        Obviously, it is. That's why I use alternate solutions. ;)

    • primalxconvoy

      Just use Opera mini and bookmark Facebook for it only. Now you've got a dedicated Facebook app that access the original (non touch) mobile site, which just happens to allow post editing.

  • TheWhiteLotus

    Facebook sucks

    • Chris

      Still the most popular social network out there. People want to connect to people they know. not some ramdom blogger and having to be connected to all of their "followers"

  • http://feigdev.com/ emil10001

    I really think that the new Facebook is acting like malware on Android. http://www.recursiverobot.com/post/45447666701/facebook-updates-as-malware

  • JG

    "In this version of everyone's "favorite" social network, you'll be able to change your profile pic, hide stories and report spam in the News Feed, and get to group messages in fewer taps."

    Wait... G+ has a News Feed? And why are we talking about it in an article supposedly about FB (a site I barely visit since I got my G+ invite a couple summers ago)

    • Chris

      maybe if we should consider you "Everyone" but we don't. Google Plus may be "your" favotire social network, but its still got a long way to go. Hard to believe but you have to get over it

      • UniBroW

        funny, you're telling people to get over it yet you're responding to every negative post about how great facebook really is. There are people that don't like facebook, there are even people that use facebook and dislike it still. Get over it perhaps?

        • primalxconvoy

          I too, loath Facebook, yet still use it. I tried Google plus, but it lacked basic features that fb already had and the lack of security features, plus ever growing links to other Google services worried me. Facebook is the devil I know. Also, I resented the tactics Google has used in order to force or coerce existing Google account users into the service, like removing Android review abilities and only allowing Google plus members to access.

      • LiamBryant

        The only improvement that G+ has to make is outside of its control. The layout, design, organization, and service integration of the site exceeds that of Facebook in almost every way, not to mention how the mobile app allows the user to do everything he/she can on the website. The fact that Google+ isn't as popular as Facebook is because it was introduced after it. Most layout/UI changes Facebook has made since Google+ launched were "inspired" (read: stolen) from it (cover photo, lightbox viewing, newer layout, different categorizations of friends, etc). Google+ is the best thing to happen to Facebook.

  • Guest

    Exactly, I had some doubts originally when i got the notification and so I double checked "Network communications" and there it was "download without notification", so am I going to have to worry about other apps being able to get this permission too and download whenever they want? I just uninstalled it.

  • Guest

    IOS buttons?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678937465 Michael Quinn

    are these iOS buttons?

    • Chris

      maybe. Who the fuck cares.

      • LiamBryant

        It means that they don't spend nearly as much time optimizing this app to run on its native operating system as they should (although that's clearly evidenced in many more places than this). It's irresponsible as a development team, and just plain lazy. It would have taken maybe 5-10 minutes to create Android-style buttons for this, or at the very least used Android's native buttons. It's inconsistent, low-quality, and a sign of a development team that doesn't care about their application as much as they should.

    • Yes Man

      It looks like it, and I wouldn't be surprised if they were.

    • The_Chlero

      In my phone (Galaxy Nexus, Stock Android 4.2.2) the interface is a little bit different. insted of "write post" and "share photo", I have "Write Status" "Photo" and "Check In", that's it, 3 buttons.

      And those "iOS buttons" are not in my interface neither, I have a plain text in a text bubble with 3 options: "hide Story" Report/mark as spam" and "Cancel"

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678937465 Michael Quinn

        I get those same three buttons on the timeline, I was in an event at the time i noticed those buttons....

  • Chris

    Still better then google plus. I keep getting a bunch of ramdom shit in my Google plus feed just because I added something to my circles i have to get their shit now? and how about a way to approve who adds you to their circles?

    • UniBroW

      people can add you to your circles but it doesn't matter unless you post something public. If you never post anything public then you don't have anything to worry about and if you are posting things public, well...the rest is self explanatory

      • Chris

        Doesn't matter. Unless I personally know them, why should I have a connection to them?

        • UniBroW

          you don't have a connection to them unless you add them to your circles. I know people who've added me to their circles and I haven't added them to mine. I don't post public things so there is no connection. You obviously like facebook more, they don't work the same way and thankfully so.

          • Chris

            You'd be surprised on how much they are alike. I can put my friends in groups and only post to those said groups. Its just not in a fancy UI like on Google plus.

            Google plus is more like an advanced twitter imo.Great for low lifes/forigners/kids who think they are being "cool" by using it. But they arn't.

            anyway I'm done here.

          • Elislurry

            Probably good you are done here, you are going to be late for Zark Fuckerbergs 10:00 blowjob.

    • Yes Man

      nobody fucking cares. quit crying like a little bitch about it and figure it out yourself...

      • Chris

        clearly you care enough to respond to my post

    • Evan

      I'm confused. You added someone to one of your circles and now you are complaining that you are seeing their updates? Isn't that how it is supposed to work?

    • John O’Connor

      If you circle a community, individual, group, etc, then you will get their posts (that have been shared with you) in your feed. If you don't want that then do not circle them. As far as choosing who circles you, they only see posts that you have released pubicly unless you have added them to a circle in which you shared, so I'm a little confused as to what you believe the problem is here.

  • http://www.zadig.info Mario Gaucher

    wow... everyone is so paranoid here...

  • Athishay

    What's up with the new update? Laggy as hell and force closes every five minutes. They really need to get their stuff together.

  • Cuvis

    Anybody have any recommendations for third party Facebook apps? Between it pinging my GPS whenever I open the app, and now the file downloading permission, I'm thinking I don't want the official app on my phone any more.

    • http://profiles.google.com/petetandon Pete Tandon

      Yea. I'm with you on this. The previous update the added the permission to toggle on/off sync settings. I'm going back to using chrome.

    • primalxconvoy

      Like I wrote, I use Opera mini browser and bookmark Facebook. I only use that browser for Facebook. Works a treat.

  • http://profiles.google.com/petetandon Pete Tandon

    Cameron, how about turning this artcle around a bit and publicize the permissions that facebook now requires and why/why-not its good/bad thing. Or even alternative facebook clients?