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Jul
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Facebook is apparently hard at work this 4th of July having just released a new update to its beta Android app. In case you missed it last week, Facebook started using the Play Store beta program to test new versions of the app prior to wide release. If you want in, follow the instructions we posted last time. If you're already in, get ready for a bug-squashing update.

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The new version is 3.4, just like the old one. There is a full build number ending in 257298, 257297, 257296, 257295, 257294, 257293, or 257292, but that won't show up in the app. Here's the full changelog:

Facebook App:

  • Fixed an issue where timeline profile pictures might not update
  • Fixed a crash in the photo picker
  • Fixed a crash in the message list view
  • Fixed crash when tapping Nearby suggestions
  • Fixed an issue preventing image cropping from working in some cases
  • Fixed an error that some people saw while sharing feed stories in personal messages
  • Fixed an issue that preventing people from turning off Facebook after installing Facebook Home
  • Plus more bug fixes

Facebook Home:

  • Various stability improvements in Facebook Home when using folders
  • Updated translations
  • Foreign language fonts are now available
  • Home settings moved from the fold in bookmarks
  • Home is easier to uninstall

Facebook says the update fixes 15 total bugs, most of which aren't worth mentioning. For some reason, Facebook posted two slightly different notices about the update. We've aggregated the changelogs above. If you have automatic updating turned on, the app should update by itself. You can also grab the new version with the link below.

Be aware you can't access the beta version from the link unless you're in the beta tester program. See the top of the post for instructions.

[Beta Page, Facebook 1, Facebook 2]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • Jon Bradley

    And still the overflow button of shame is still there.

    • jonathan3579

      My dream update is when that gets removed.

  • Ark

    *Fixed a bug where someone accidentally slipped on a banana peel and wrote 400 lines of code that send us your phone number

    • mgamerz

      I don't get why people are so up in arms about this. It's been there for years. I got my atrix in 2011 and I installed a permission manager and the first thing it does when you open it is read your phone number and upload it without asking.

  • Glen Livet

    anyone else get a kick out of the fact they made it easier to UNINSTALL home?

    • http://dabuxian.com/ Dabu

      Finally one thing Facebook did right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Jeremy6820 Jeremy Gomez

    The only way to see what exact build you are (the numbers after 3.4) is to check the Facebook version through Titanium Backup.

    • jonathan3579

      Incorrect. You can view it from your app settings.

      Settings>Applications>Facebook

      • http://www.facebook.com/Jeremy6820 Jeremy Gomez

        Not on my phone, nor most people's, as it was a huge issue in the comments of the Facebook status letting it's beta users know about the update. Facebook ended up editing the status to let users know that no one will see the numbers after 3.4

        • jonathan3579

          I don't know what phone you have but I've been able to check versions that way through the last 4 phones I've owned. (GS3, Nexus 4, Note 2 and the One.)

          • http://www.facebook.com/Jeremy6820 Jeremy Gomez

            I have the LG Optimus G running Rootbox. I can see the basic version (version 3.4) but not the exact build (mine is 257298). App settings won't show the 257298. Only Titanium Backup will.

          • jonathan3579

            Oh okay, now I understand. Sorry, I didn't get the full depth of what you meant. :)

          • http://www.facebook.com/Jeremy6820 Jeremy Gomez

            It's all good. :) I probably could have been clearer in the first post. Lol

  • cubenate

    too many useless Ads, i blocked them on the web, because they not relevant, facebook care about their revenue not USers, i dont care as well.

  • Mike

    Its useless to use this app on android .......

  • Adrian Meredith

    facebook app is so poor its unbelieveable. Still no tablet app, still no holo. its a classic example of "not invented here" syndrome, they purposely written their own ui framework rather than native and it is awful. Apparently they even metioned that they use cpu specific assember code to improve performance, yet the far more complex g+ app is waaaaaaaay better,

    • mgamerz

      I have it on both Android and Windows phone and its hilariously bad on both platforms. They just made a new WP version that's pretty slick (wish android's was as slick), but no portrait support, no tagging, and its god awful slow to load stuff off network.

      • Adrian Meredith

        and this is supposedly from one of the big tech companies. They should just start again imo, build a native app from the beginning.

    • Chris

      apps do not need to have halo. Get over it.

  • AnthonyRyan89

    It updated on my nexus 7 this morning but my nexus 4 it wouldn't at all.

  • arturodelac

    Thank god no more menu button on my nexus 7