Facebook knows the future is in mobile. It just isn't entirely sure what to do about it. The company has experimented with creating its own home launcher and marketing a dedicated Facebook phone, but neither found all that much success. It created a news app called Paper, which has yet to make it to Android. Then it followed up with a Snapchat clone (we got that one). Now the social giant is releasing an app that goes back to its roots. It's called Facebook Groups.
Just as Facebook splintered instant messaging off into a separate app, this does the same for groups, which have existed as a part of the social network since before high schoolers were allowed to join. With its release, users will have a single place that shines a light on these connections, though they will still be able to access them from the main mobile app and the website as well.
In Facebook Groups, the ones you frequent the most will go towards the top, and you have the ability to create new ones right from within the app. Notification controls let you determine how closely you want to follow each one, and you can tap on any group to keep up with what's happening firsthand. Or you can simply plop them onto the side of the your screen, chat heads style.
As you would expect, Facebook Groups a cross-platform experience. Today the app is available on both Google Play and iTunes.