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The official Facebook Pages manager app is the best (and only) way to access all the features of your fancy business pages on the social network. The app wasn't great before, but v2.0 is completely refreshing the design. Oh, and there are some very iOS-ish icons, which I know you're all going to love.

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Here's the vague changelog posted by Facebook.

  • new, streamlined look
  • Now it's easier to see your Page's activity and insights
  • See which admin posts and comments as your Page

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The new UI isn't all shameless iOS icon pilfering. There are some card elements and the overall look isn't bad. The old one looked like the Facebook app from a year or two ago – it was really clunky. There are some screens of the old one below for comparison.

sss ddd aaa

The old app

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.

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  • John Moore

    I'm really not sure how I'm feeling about this as compared to the old Pages. I mean, it worked fine for me. I honestly think it's the lack of blue in the update that turns me off to it; it's just not blue enough to be a Facebook app, in my opinion.

    Then again, I'm probably one of the few who arbitrarily puts proper usage of brand colour above the important things like enhanced functionality and good design.

    ... I just like the colour blue.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Well, fuck you, too, Facebook!

    You don't want to treat your Android users the proper way? We won't use your app then

    • Ray

      The problem is, people "WILL" continue to use the app and as such, Facebook "WILL" continue to not give a shit.

      • Dario · 753 a.C. .

        i'm not using fb. i open it though the browser. i can use it cause i've got a moto g but i won't do that until they'll do a good app

      • abobobilly

        Not every one is as hypocrite as you are claiming it to be.

        • Ray

          Yes, that!

  • http://dabuxian.com/ Dabu

    It feels just like an ugly theme to the old app, not actual 2.0 version. It's still slow, clunky, and part of it looks like iOS 7, the other part like Gingerbread (2.x era menu is still there even though it's useless). Not sure what's going on here, I'm glad those terrible apps made me discover G+ long time ago.

  • Connor

    *runs the flag up the flag pole* Holofication Nation has invaded! We may or may not mod this app, rid it of the iOS filth.

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

    Why cannot Facebook make a decent app? All their secondary spinoff apps are WAY better than their core apps (FB and Pages Manager). Is the Android app team at Facebook really that shit!? And no, Messenger, Slingshot etc aren't built by the team at Facebook.

    • WhyWai

      really? I also feel that Messenger is surprisingly decent.

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

        Paper, Messenger, Slingshot are made by Facebook Creative Labs, not by the core app team.

    • David

      AFAIK, they don't work that way. Their teams are separated by feature, not by platform. There is a video online of their own conference where they exposed the problems they had when having teams separated by platform.

      Considering they make its Android app look like iOS for quite some time, I'm guessing the engineering team designs and tailors everything for an iOS usage model.

      They have piles of cash to burn hiring people, that's for sure. I wonder why they don't give the Android app more love.

  • Levi Wilcox

    I hate how I can't manage from the main FB app. I refuse to install all their multiple apps just to use basic features that were previously included.

  • Martin

    Still can't understand people about the iOS look... WHO CARES? It looks beautiful :-) (Yes it's not iPhone, but Android is about customization and more freedom, not about app looks).

    • David

      But you're affected by it.

      Android is about customization and freedom, yes, but in a sense that it is not governed by an authoritarian committee that dictates too much of what you can do with it (in this case, how it should look). However, because good design appears organically doesn't mean you should go rogue redesigning every interaction aspect from scratch (from an Android user point of view, iOS standards equal scratch) in every app. As a desktop Linux user, I know the price to pay. And it's not just muscle memory... Some patterns applied don't even mix with some Android capabilities.

      Finally, beautiful is a relative concept. For example, I don't think it's beautiful to put information in the logical background (disabling interaction) while still making it look like it's in the foreground. I don't know if iOS do this kind of stuff usually, but that is an example of something wrong in the conceptual level. The metaphor translation itself is wrong.

      But anyway, as I said, customization shouldn't come at the expense of effortless use.

    • sam
  • abobobilly

    Why don't they just fucking feature a slide out navigation (hamburger) menu?

    Retarded fucking piece of shits.

  • Prop Dad

    And you STILL cannot reply to specific comments.

  • Joris Griffioen

    FB Messenger also uses the iOS icon for sharing after you've shared a photo.

    And as that icon looks like an upload icon and has no basis in the OS you're using to pre-define it, that is just an utterly retarded choice. The UX team at facebook (if they have them) should be whipped..