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Last Updated: November 23rd, 2013

We've received an early look at an upcoming version of Facebook that introduces a brand new, flat UI. This is a change that competing social networks like Twitter and Pinterest made a long time ago, and given the direction Android, iOS, and Windows Phone have all moved in, it only makes sense. When considering Facebook Messenger's recent redesign, it's even less surprising. Yet this is pre-release software, so there's a decent chance none of these changes will make it into the stable version. Nevertheless, it's still worth taking a look. Let's dive in.

What's New?

Things have moved around quite a bit in this new version. A title banner has been added to the left side of the action bar where the hot dog menu currently resides, and a search icon has been added to the right. Underneath, we see five icons situated where we're used to seeing the Status, Photo, and Check In buttons (which appear to have moved to the bottom). Now there are icons for the News Feed, friend requests, status updates, notifications, and the menu.

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Update 11/13/13: Looks like Facebook is playing with the UI, as we now have a new variation of the bottom buttons:

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Update: Here's a look at some of the new app permissions you will need to accept before installing.

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Unfortunately, the UI appears to be toggled server-side, where Facebook has control over who gets access. I am unable to see it even after installing the 4.0 APK. Chances are, you might not be able to see it either. But if luck is on your side, feel free to share your results in the comments below.

Download

There's a good chance you may need to uninstall the current app before installing the new one. Either way, there's no harm in giving the updated version a try.

File name: com.facebook.katana-4.0.0.0.2.apk.

Version: 4.0.0.0.2.

MD5: e0c8da5cda17f52014193cb970ecea05.

Thanks, Jorell!

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • Daveon Jackson

    Wait i have 4.0.0.2 apk have for a few days now i don't have that ui?

    • Phil Oakley

      Read the last paragraph before 'Download'.

  • TheSparks

    Meh. It still looks boring.

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

    I'm seeing the same old interface... and I'm part of the beta/test public program since the beginning

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

      Yeah, same here :(

      I wish they let us select the UI we want to test.

      • Alberto

        I'm part of alpha still got the old one

        • Daniel McKenzie J.

          Me too!

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

          same for me

        • Release

          same for me

        • http://itinkerstuff.blogspot.com/ Mark Lester Buenaobra

          me too. bummer.

        • Dylan West

          Same, alpha, was running 4.1, now running version 5.0.0.0.2 and still seeing the old UI.

        • Adrian

          Me too ;c

        • Adrien Assadian

          Is it just me or is their beta/alpha system pretty much useless ? I joined it day one and and I never saw a new feature. Just bug fixes everyday.

          Same goes with the "new" newsfeed for desktop they announced last year. I joined the waiting list on day one, and never got it, while friends who didn't even know about it got it in the first few months.

          Dafuq ?

      • Daniel McKenzie J.

        You have to be an alpha tester...?

        • Dennious

          I´m alpha, Nothing here.

          • =.=

            my friend borrowed my phone but get new ui but mine still old may be they random a tester

      • MiMo1986s

        guys i think we have to unistall the old one first !

        • D’Ander McSullivan

          Already did. Still doesn't work.

    • Felipe Cunha

      Same here.

    • Sayali Suryawanshi

      Same. So if we install this apk, would we be kicked out of the program or something?

      • Destrokk

        Good question. I was wondering...

        • Sayali Suryawanshi

          Just tried. Nothing of the sort happened. Also, alpha builds are on v4.0.0.0.4 now. No, no flat UI as yet.

          • Yury Andratsion

            Come on, I'm still waiting for the new Facebook newsfeed ...

          • Allen Dewberry, Jr.

            I know the feeling good sir. I signed up like many to the beta test. And its been what nine months now, not a single explanation for why almost no users still can't use the new News Feeds on FB. Like seriously less than 2% of users even have it what on earth are they doing?

          • Yury Andratsion

            Hm...

    • docnok

      I'm part of the alpha and got the download to come from the Play Store and still have the old interface.

    • CerealFTW

      Theres a simple fix
      Instructions:
      1. Go to Apps in Settings and select FacebookFacebook
      2. Press Delete
      3. Install Google+
      4. Profit

      • glein

        More like disable, they're both preinstalled.

      • Mark Hogan

        I have over 600 friends on Facebook I know from work and volunteer work. Two of them use Google+ and only because it leached on through Youtube

        • CerealFTW

          I had 300 when I uninstalled and deleted. I have 2-3 on G+ but I don't miss the "1 like =..." Posts at all:D

    • Nick V

      I am on version 4.0.0.0.3, and it is the old UI. How can we be Alpha/Beta testers if we aren't getting the latest versions?

  • mgamerz

    It must feel great to get away with ignoring all the System UI design guidelines to create an excellent user experience. /s

    • thartist

      Oh dude come on, the design looks great, looks holoish, and even said by Google, you don't have to follow the design guidelines to the letter. You can add your touches as long as it still feels at home in Android.

      • jonorjonathan

        It's not the look that's the problem it's that they don't follow interaction guidelines at all. Why do I click a button in the action bar to get to chat but swipe through tabs to get to messages? Why is accepting friend requests worthy of being the second most important tab when most users probably rarely use this? Why is there a tab that's just a list of activities that are in the same hierarchy as the other tabs?

        Good app design means that anyone who already uses that platform should immediately know how to interact with it. This app is a mess.

        • disqus_5WNzR6XWBG

          Don't really know what you're getting at. The navigation looks pretty simple and usable to me.

          • mgamerz

            How about you give me an overflow menu like nearly every other android app. If I have to dig and search through menu's to find a damn settings page you're doing something wrong.

    • AGuy

      Not every app has to look exactly the same. When every single app looks exactly the same except for color changes it makes the platform look like shit.

      • MvP77

        The exact problem I had with windows phone. Every app looked the same.

    • disqus_5WNzR6XWBG

      ...What exactly about the design bothers you? Every app I have looks distinctly different and I have no problem with that.

      • Shywim

        They may look differently, but they follow the Android Guidelines. Look at Youtube, Gmail and Calendar : they don't look the same but they follow Android Guidelines.
        Facebook is worse since they always gave us the iOS look. We don't need iOS design. It is called disrespect.

    • abobobilly

      The people who down voted on this, should jump off a bridge and kill themselves.

      • Dumbass

        So you can get rid of people who think for themselves and aren't part of your hive mindset.

        If you want everything to look exactly the same and boring buy a Windows Phone or an older iPhone.

        • abobobilly

          Hive mindset? I am simply asking those people to "Stand up" against the "non-standard" development of app designs.

          Android apps need NOT look a ditto copy of iOS. It has its own design guidelines which "should" be met with, and if not (because of uniform experience over all devices) then atleast "Choose" the design which is better (Google's sidebar navigation).

          Just because some people are "fine" with the "SHIT" being developed in name of facebook app, doesn't mean "I" am the one with a hive mindset.

          • http://surrenderat20.net/ frostyNinja

            Yet you feel inclined to attack those people just because they don't share your opinion. Everyone has the freedom to form their own opinions and likings and forcing yours on others is just a no-no.

            As for the actual argument up for discussion here, a guideline is not a set unavoidable rule, rather a suggestion and any and all Android developers are free to, at their own will, ignore the Android design guidelines in question - as is in any other scenario.

          • abobobilly

            I am not stopping you or anyone else to share your opinion. Infact i welcome any criticism ... as long as its in the form of "words" not "downvotes". If you want to "share" then DO WITH A REASON. If you are one of those who just like to "Downvote", then yeah ...

            Talking about the guidelines, you are right in saying they are not a rule so Google can't enforce them. Which is why i am targeting "Developers". Had it been some casual developer, say creator of "MusicFall" then i would've liked it anyway. But in the case of a big ass company like facebook, PLEASE. Don't even get me started.

  • Nik Harris

    The Facebook app refuses to update for me. "Updated for "Facebook" could not be downloaded due to an error. (497)".
    Happens on both devices - Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7.

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

      You may need to uninstall what you have first - I think internally, Facebook marked this as a smaller number than the current build 3.9, even though it's 4.0, so Android wouldn't let you install it on top of what it thinks is older.

      • http://www.ronakg.com/ Ronak Gandhi

        There is some issue with the update. I'm getting the same error on my Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 both. I uninstalled it from my phone and now it wouldn't even install. Download stops at 2mb, tried both with wifi and LTE data.

      • http://mikebdev.blogspot.com/ Michael Baumgartner

        You wouldn't be able to upload the apk to the play store if the version number is the same or smaller than the previous...

    • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

      Install while connected to a VPN. I figured that out after trying to update like 10 times through the day.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Still looks awful... iOS 7 version of Facebook is much more Android than this...

    • Horst Georg Thiel

      Works perfect on S3, with Carbon ROM JB 4.3.1 - Boeffla Kernel

  • Abhijeet Mishra

    I'm sure it's server side, probably why my friend got the bottom bars for accessing different sections and I never did. Let's hope this new UI comes with better performance as well!

  • Grimmjow

    Call me when they have a tablet UI

    • Daveon Jackson

      Aren't you dead Grimmjow?

      • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

        Hollows are always dead ;-)

        • Daveon Jackson

          True but grimmjow was like double dead.

          • Flame Blade

            Actually he is still alive, he just hasn't shown up again yet. He probably will though http://i.stack.imgur.com/GChXp.gif

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            fck, I thought this is the final arc ...

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    • memberobject

      iPad?

      • king789

        you are in the wrong place my friend.

        • memberobject

          :(

  • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

    I'm on the Facebook beta program and am running 3.9. Installing this prompted me a Failure [INSTALL_FAILED_VERSION_DOWNGRADE]. Weird.
    Removed old version. Installed new. I'm guessing the toggle isn't toggled on my side either.

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      Hmm, it upgraded just fine for me. I'll just recommend that everyone uninstall the app beforehand.

      • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

        Here's the even weirder thing: I had Facebook set to auto-update and the 4.0 version "updated" to 3.9. Hah.

  • abobobilly

    Thats just great. Now i am convinced that Facebook Android app is being designed and developed by a bunch of morons who NEVER understand the requirement of being an "Android" app because they are blinded by the "suprememness" of iOS.

    What? Too Harsh? GOOD. Because i can't emphasize more on this dire facebook app issue <_<

    Even for a test build, the app sucks MARVELOUSLY. Why can't they go with the Google's guidelines for once man :S Take some inspiration from Google+ you FB Devs <_<

  • Joss7088

    have to uninstall the previous version, then install the new one. So have no installation errors.

  • Felipe Pimenta

    It's not perfect, but it is an awesome update over what we have now... It doesn't feel quite right with the rest of Android, but I like iOS7 design...

  • Justin Crowley

    i still see the old UI as well, even after upating

  • biggie

    Did you guys see the new permisson ? Send emails and so and so without users knowledge plus see confidential data?

    • drathos

      The Facebook app has been a permissions NIGHTMARE for ages.

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

      Yeah, I forgot to link it. http://i.imgur.com/ATtvn9u.png

      • Marc Edwards

        uhhh... why isn't a little bit more made of this? those are some pretty far reaching permissions. quickly skipping over this is a little unusual for AP. facebook doesn't exactly have the best reputation for security... i'm now likely to switch to mobile facebook. tinfoil hat, i know.

        • Johnno

          Speaking of tinfoil hats, Tinfoil is still the best Facebook app.

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

          Well, it's an alpha/beta build - things could be cranked up high here, with the final build having regular permissions or justifying these ones. Once 4.0 rolls out to everyone, we'll see.

          • andy_o

            I'm wondering why the "send emails to guests without host's knowledge" permission even exists.

    • xnifex

      Apparently with 4.4 they took out the app ops so you can't toggle permissions anymore, so it looks like I won't be installing this.

    • David Maciel

      It's for calendar access so that if an event is modified it'll send emails to the guests so they're updated.

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    I figured they were going this way based on the messenger app

  • Justin Crowley

    just a heads up, make sure you disable auto update in the play store, mine just "updated" back to 3.9

  • Giacomo Pegorer

    Is ny Galaxy Nexus an Android or an iPhone? Looking at this f*****g app it seems an iPhone.

  • Andy Stetson

    Zuckerberg and Co just need to buy Klyph, aqui-hire style, and put the Klyph designer as the head of Android app development.

    • PhoenixPath

      ...why have I not heard of this app before now???

      Damn...bought the Pro version already. It's slick, it's fast, it looks *great*...everything FB's app hasn't ever been on Android.

      • Andy Stetson

        I never heard of it until TeamBlackOut inverted it and i saw it in their collection. Now the dev built in inverted themes. Only thing it doesn't do is contact sync. I keep friendcaster around for that (with all notifications/other syncing in FC turned off)

        • PhoenixPath

          " Only thing it doesn't do is contact sync."

          ...aaaand now I like it even more. ;-)

          • Andy Stetson

            I like it only because of contact photos... but FullContact (web app) is about to negate my need for phone apps that half do it.

      • Vojtěch Navrátil

        Wait for new version which is currently in beta program(u can get it on g+ page), will be soon on store.. I use it, best app! :)

    • king789

      thank you. the app is amazing. removed facebook crApp.

  • Ivan

    Love it! All apps with iOS7 style look so much better.. I hope more devs will follow it! :-)

    • Daveon Jackson

      They look good on iPhone, but they don't fit in on android.

      • Ivan

        Why? Because it's Android apps should look ugly? On my Note 3 Facebook messenger looks AMAZING.. And it's pretty much the same with iOS7.. FOR ME android is ugly at this point, Apps are uglier than iOS.. Just my opinion.. I would love COPY of all iOS apps :-)

        • Daveon Jackson

          Why not just get an iphone then?

          • Ivan

            Sceen size dude.. I have big hands and I had iPhone, but it was pain in the ass.. So I decidet to buy Note 2 and kinda liked it.. Then I bought note 3, because iPhone was the same shitty size.. And with last updates with iOS style I like even more Android.. But still there are a lot ugly apps... And this is why I bought Android.. :-)

        • Paul Taylor

          Nothing wrong with your opinion, but in that case I find it hard to understand why you buy Android devices.

      • Stacey Liu

        This app has an action bar and appears to have swipe tabs. What, exactly, is the complaint? The shade of blue?

  • Roh_Mish

    I dont have it. :( I got 4.0.0.0.2 via play store beta program but it is old ui

    • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

      Same here.. I don't know what's the fucking point of being an alpha tester!

      • Roh_Mish

        Fun fact, my friend had his phone stuck on cm and after reset, took this apk from me an hour ago and he got the new look

        • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

          LOL

  • Rodrigo Chiong

    This update just went live on the Alpha channel of the Facebook app, although the new UI is still a server-side toggle. But for all of you who have problems isntalling the update, join the Alpha test program and update the app.

    • Paul Sousa

      I just became an alpha tester and d/l'd the 4.0.0.0.2 version from the Play Store and still the old UI.

      • Rodrigo Chiong

        As stated in the post, it's server-toggled so not everyone with the 4.0 update has the new UI. I don't have it either.

        • Paul Sousa

          Sorry, reading comprehension fail. I thought you were saying becoming an alpha tester would force the switch.

          • Rodrigo Chiong

            Yeah I expected the same thing :/

  • Addic7ed

    No ui changes here (im beta tester yet)

  • Edward Smith

    I couldn't update the app from the play store, finally after multiple fail attempts I uninstalled the app and now can't re-install it. Time to side load it I guess.

  • infogulch

    Did they fix their code generators so they don't have to hack dalvik just to get their shitty app to run?

  • Doctor Awesome PhD

    Stupid server side toggle

    • Roh_Mish

      The problem is if you enable it bmvia a proxy and a modified apk, you loose acceds to facebook via app.

  • http://androiddissected.com/ Nick Schiwy

    So the iOS version of Facebook is coming to Android? Way to go Facebook?

    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

      Why does everyone keep mentioning that every new Android app (or refresh) looks like iOS now that iOS7 is out? This more closely matches the Holo look that Android has had for years now. If anything, it's more Holo-like now, aesthetically. The iOS version of Facebook looks nothing like this btw.

      • http://androiddissected.com/ Nick Schiwy
        • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

          Yeah, I know what it looks like. Explain to me how this new Android version which takes a ton of queues from Holo aesthetics (including the little colored tabs at the top and stark contrast between white space and color), is the same as iOS's app, which has completely different alignment of well... everything?Nav buttons in completely different places, and even a different shade of blue. Holo existed long before iOS7. I think the point you mean to make is that iOS7 kinda stole Androids design language. Because the Facebook design I see above, says Holo to me. Not iOS. If anything it's an even more Holo-esque design than the previous version of Facebook's Android app (which still had gross blue gradients at the top).

          • http://androiddissected.com/ Nick Schiwy

            Look, I did not come here to start the world's dumbest argument. In my opinion, based on my understanding of the HOLO guidelines and from what I have seen of the new iOS and looking over friend's shoulders who have iPhones, the color scheme and layout look more like the iOS version than did the previous version and I don't think that this is any real move toward a more HOLO experience. Additionally, if you don't think that the new Facebook messenger doesn't look like the new iMessage, then I honestly don't even know what to tell you.

  • Josh P.

    I've been on the Alpha/Bleeding edge test since its beginning and i havent notices more than a few button location changes and longer load times. Now to see this isnt being served to only a few...

  • http://web-industry.eu/ Maciej Salamon

    It kinda worked for me for a while, but with some glitches. But after reboot it backed to previous appearance (first screen).

    • Hothfox

      When I installed the apk (did not have any version installed already) I got the "old" UI.

  • j-

    Does this require the same ridiculous permissions as the newest alpha updates?

    Stuff like read calendar data, retrieve running apps, connect/disconnect wifi, write call log etc? (some of those may have been there before, but the recent updates had two or three additional permissions)

    Guess I'll have to stick with Tinfoil for Facebook for the time being. None of the alternative apps were really all that good and at some point I'm just not willing to put up with all the permissions anymore.

    • Paul Taylor

      One of the most annoying things for me is that Facebook events don't show up in my Calendar - so I guess I wish they had *write* calendar permission too.

  • Mayoo

    Quite frankly, I would have preferred they stop linking everything on m.facebook. In a way that opening a YouTube movie wouldn't open Chrome, redirect 2 times to open YouTube app.

  • Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani

    I am a part of the alpha testing but I don't the ui, also I opted in first to the new newsfeed and search bit and didn't get that as of yet either but my friends did.. Fb sure doesn't like me

    • Doctor Awesome PhD

      I know that feeling.

    • Roh_Mish

      I remember they had a keynote about newsfeed redesign. Guess what happened to it.

  • Ian Fay

    Eh, I switched to Klyph about a month ago, no fucks given about Facebook's actual app anymore.

    • Andy Stetson

      Agreed. So much cleaner, built in themes, and double slideouts!

    • truepopo

      thank you...just made me happy...i now have smooth green and black facebook...my dream

      • Ian Fay

        Enjoy. The pro version is worth it, too. Removes the ads, I think.

  • Abdoulaye Diagne

    Improved Facebook home, now they are not drowning us with feed. Like that new lock screen!

  • BoB1673

    I'm part of the alpha test group and I don't have it

    • Doctor Awesome PhD

      Same here.

    • norwoodtech

      I think it depends on your device.

  • Kenni Odelheim

    I don't care what they say, it is still one ugly mother fu****** UI. Why is it so hard for Facebook to produce something that looks awesome, and works fluently. The more i use Google+, the more i realise how terrible Facebook is at creating software.

  • Vítek Petrů

    It shows me i have the newest app version, but the app is completely the same :(

    • Doctor Awesome PhD

      "Unfortunately, the UI appears to be toggled server-side, where Facebook has control over who gets access."

      • Vítek Petrů

        But with fb msn i've had it imidiatly

        • Doctor Awesome PhD

          Messenger and the main FB app work differently, unfortunately.

        • Roh_Mish

          You can route it via a pc running proxy and force it to run the new look via a modified apk but the app then dosent load anything

  • Jason

    anyone else having issues with not being able to upload photos??

  • ShahinTr

    There's a new change to the Facebook Home Lockscreen and wallpaper, looks really nice, but it's broken. Also, I'm getting an update from Facebook, update to ver. 3.9 LOL! I guess Facebook expected this leak. :D

    • Doctor Awesome PhD

      Yeah, Wallpaper wasn't broken the update before this one for alpha but it is for the new one.

    • Daniel Smith

      It's part of the alpha testing channel, I've got this version of the app via Google Play but I don't have the server side enable.

  • Evan Jenkins

    Still no Tablet UI? Fuck you Facebook.

  • Cesar

    It sure would be nice if they made sure the update could actually download before releasing it to the users. I know it's the beta program, but they should still make sure the update is stable enough to download before letting the beta testers have at it.

  • Daniel Smith

    It's an improvement I guess.

  • Jorell Rutledge

    Another screenshot.

    • ddpacino

      Add some transparency to that status bar

      • Jorell Rutledge

        The background of the app is black. My status bar is transparent though.

    • Dennious

      Xposed>>> Tinted Statusbar.

    • Stacey Liu

      Is it any faster or smoother?

      • Jorell Rutledge

        Switching between tabs is a little slow. Besides that I'm seeing a lot of improvements. The ram usage is also down from what I can tell.

        • abobobilly

          RAM usage down for a "facebook" app. Considering their track record, that seems wishful thinking to me <_<

          That said, they haven't been able to "Smooth-out" the app, like Google+ (buttery smooth, literally)

    • Fran Dueñas Llera

      When installing, it says is 4.0 versiom l, but the loock is just the same :( how to get it?

      • Jorell Rutledge

        It's turned on server side. Facebook will let you use it when they're ready.

  • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

    So this is why I was getting all the 497 errors today while updating the Alpha. Had to do it via a VPN in the end.
    But I don't see no new UI..!! God damn it Facebook, you never gave me the 2013 News Feed despite signing up on day 1, which was almost a year ago, and now, despite being an early Alpha tester, I don't see the new UI. What's the bloody point of it then?

  • Ezhik

    See, I told people Android apps would look better with iOS 7 around.

  • Régis Knechtel

    What about performance and memory residence? Does it still running on background like forever?

    • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

      Yes. 45 to 50 MB RAM. And scrolling still suffers from seizures..

      • Régis Knechtel

        Damn! I hate this app!

  • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

    I was wishing for the new Messenger blue to make it to the main app.. this still looks drab and dull. And still wasting space! They finally fixed the space-wasting UI on Instagram, but someone forgot to tell them to do it for this app.. Meh!

  • Guest

    Well I'm on v4.0.0.2 and see no difference :(

  • Jamie Moulding

    What's the point being alpha if we can't see it 🚫💥

  • Serge Cebrian

    mine looks the same 4.0.0.2 and no difference
    but the lock screen is indeed different and a very welcome addition is that when you unlock you don't get greeted by an awkward friend photo anymore

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Same issue nothing here

  • wilflare

    still no Dark Theme or Night Mode? :(

  • Chronus719

    It'll never be released anyways. I seem to recall signing up for the new web interface in March. Almost December and still nothing. Sweet rollout, Facebook.

  • Emulators + Android = Win

    Too bad its still facebook.

  • Stacey Liu

    Am I the only one who doesn't care if it looks like the iOS app?

    It looks like it has an action bar and swipe tabs. The design is also flat and looks good. Is there much else that's needed? I'm assuming performance is better, but it isn't, then that.

    People are seriously complaining about the shade of blue they used...jesus.

    I'm very satisfied with the new Messenger app. The UI is much slicker and more intuitive. And guess what? It conforms to the Android design guidelines.

  • Liam Prowse

    Just uninstalled my fb app, installed this and I have the new UI :)
    Edit, reacted too fast, its revered to the old ui with the menu on the side

  • Liam Prowse

    Managed to get mine to stick at the new ui, it was auto updating to an older version through the play store, i disabled autoupdate and its stuck now :)

  • Aaron

    I got the update but still showing me the old older version

  • http://www.geordienorman.com/ George Byers

    Could it be? A holo version of Facebook.... At last?

  • marycontrary

    Looks like Twitter

  • jdawg0024

    "App Not Installed" is what I get on my Nexus 5

  • Jorell Rutledge

    Two more screenshots.

  • Marc

    Look at the App settings... It sez "Phone LED"
    We know the app is designed for Phones, and not Tablets!
    Google are tryna push the Tablet optimised apps and with the release of KitKat we should see a better effort coming soon.

    I just wanna be able to find the comments I've wrote on pages easier and to have the Reply function working. It's so annoying to recieve replys either late or never. Then having to scroll and find them.

  • jdawg0024

    Play Store Automatically updated my app back to 3.9.

  • Elloizius

    Same old facebook. :/

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    I installed it... and it looks flat! Damn you Facebook!

  • Nick

    I just got a 4.0.0.04 update via the beta testers group. Still no new layout. Stupid server side bs!

    • Marc

      Snap!
      Its stopped the Main Widget from working on my Nexus 7 too.

      • Nick

        Oh shit. Just went to my 3rd screen and noticed that. They'll fix it. I'm still waiting on a tablet mode on my Nexus 7... Any day now.

        - Sent from my Nexus 5

  • Toni Setyo Budi

    i Can't find any difference :(

  • Niraj

    alpha tester ...galaxy s3... from india ...facebook 4.0.0.4..still hasnt got latest UI...:( ny idea..???

    • Marc

      Ffs.

      "Unfortunately, the UI appears to be toggled server-side, where Facebook has control over who gets access. I am unable to see it even after installing the 4.0 APK. Chances are, you might not be able to see it either. But if luck is on your side, feel free to share your results in the comments below."

      • Daniel Smith

        It's like some people can't read.

    • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

      I'm from India too, but I can read!

    • Jorell Rutledge

      They're changing things already.

  • Jorell Rutledge

    New update. New changes. The bottom buttons are a little transparent as well.

  • Darren

    This is pretty much Facebook for Windows Phone. Looks practically identical...

  • Theratchetnclank

    I already had 4.0.0.0.4 installed. :

  • deltatux

    Not a fan of having that row up top. If they switched the Status, Photo, Check in at the top and that top bar at the bottom it'll make more sense. That or put it all in a menu hidden away. It'll make it less cluttered actually.

    What I really want Facebook to release is a tablet-UI for Android, they only have a tablet UI for the iPad and it just works really weird on Android tablets, it's such a waste of screen real-estate.

  • Frank Torres

    I'm part of the Alpha Program and i was in the Beta program since de beginning but i still have the old UI

  • Gordon Lutz

    I hope I get the new look on mine soon, running the newest alpha build.
    I don't mind the old look that much, a little too iPhone'ish, I have no complaints though, but this new look is awesome and definitely matches Android a hell of a lot more.
    All in all though, I use the Facebook app steady, all versions, final, beta, alpha, and they've all definitely been good. Great app that's for sure.

  • http://jackdurrant.com/ Jack Durrant

    Put a white Facebook logo in the action bar instead of "News Feed". Move Notifications, Messages and Friend Requests to a button in the action bar with the globe icon. When the user taps it, bring out a Tumblr type of design allowing the user to swipe between those three sections. Move the navigation sidebar back to the left and allow the user to swipe into the navigation and chat sidebars as is possible in the current stable app. Is it really that hard for Facebook to get it right?

  • Ryan Stewart

    Still running as a service? After the whole wakelock thing I passed on facebook as long as its insistent on taking up memory and doing god knows what all of the time.

  • A.M

    WEAK same IU :(

  • HuongNV

    4.0.0.4 version old design?
    Anyone tell me how to join alpha test program?
    I'm in Beta Program for Facebook now

  • Jay Monstrous

    It worked for me :D

  • Tom

    Jep downloaded but don't get the new UI yet so definetely server controlled. I'm in the facebook for android beta group though. So kinda weird, but since I do not see release notes yet.. well you get the point..

  • Victor QuyUy

    look... well... too old for me
    Not the modern and bright like Google apps

  • Mateus N.

    I got a "Error in the analysis package" on my Froyo. Anyone with the same problem?

  • SGStrong

    I uninstalled whatever version of Facebook I had and installed 4.0 (I also saw no change). Then the Play Store automatically "update" me to version 3.9.

  • paul

    I'm in the alpha program. Just installed an update to facebook app this morning and despite being on version 5.0.0.0.6, no changes to the UI. What's new? Bug fixes.

  • Destrokk

    Since today my app version of Facebook is: 5.0.0.0.6. Still the same old interface...
    Looks like Facebook didn't get the meaning of the version numbers...

  • Htet Naing

    Sameeeeeee... I thought it's gonna be a new interface as I saw that screenshots and I tried it. But the SAMEEEEE...

  • Mark Hogan

    I deleted mine off the phone because of the new permissions

  • Dave Short

    I'm an alpha tester and I still have the old look. I'm really bummed out.

  • Dilpreet Singh

    I am using the new interface updated via play store, and it is running smoothly and a lot faster than the previous version/interface

  • marie

    I have the new version and it sucks! The app keeps closing, closes about every 30 seconds. Is there anyway to get the old version back? I have forced stop, disabled, deleted & reinstalled, and reset my phone; all with no success.

  • John

    i cant unistall the app y is it??

  • Dewey

    The new interface stinks. Why? Because "most recent" is gone.

  • Dave Molina

    my friend is on reg beta and has that UI - I'm on alpha and have the old UI - WTF?!?!

  • fourthletter

    No more "most recent" in the news feed - Facebook have just guaranteed that I will be using a 3rd party app from now on.

  • Meng

    My friend isn't even a tester but he got a new UI week ago
    What the duck?

  • SRT

    Yes, no harm apart from access to all your information. Facebook really should replace the term "double-edged sword" in the dictionary

  • Ed Weaver

    how do we go back to old interface if the phone changed? Also others dont have the same interface with same version of app.

  • AlienDan

    New version sucks, to much white, and UI takes up more screen space.

  • Musaib Naeem

    last nite i downloaded fb app from store n it was new one! n today morning update was availabe .. after updation old fb is back.. whats this??

  • Vinay

    I already have this new look and I dont like it, Any way to change it back?

  • Hosam Abdelraziek

    ok ppl i got that new design and i tottaly hate it so pls can anyone help me to get the old design back ?

  • Edward Black Jr.

    I have problem with it freshing news feed and not working with me wireless router