Official Facebook App for Android
Facebook is arguably the most used social media website across the globe. Various people from all ages and walks of life have their personal accounts. Even businesses create Facebook pages to reach more clientele. And with this continuous rise in account users, it is no wonder that the social media site created its mobile application. Facebook’s social networking app offers a faster way to connect with your friends. It lets you share photos and updates as well as engage with friends and pages easier than accessing the desktop site.View full description
- Easy to navigate
- Allows user to upload photos directly from their phone
- Other tabs are accessible from the news feed
- Real-time notifications
- Separate messaging
- News feed are not chronologically arrange
- Constant updates sometimes leave the users baffled
- Catch-all drawer
Facebook is arguably the most used social media website across the globe. Various people from all ages and walks of life have their personal accounts. Even businesses create Facebook pages to reach more clientele. And with this continuous rise in account users, it is no wonder that the social media site created its mobile application. Facebook’s social networking app offers a faster way to connect with your friends. It lets you share photos and updates as well as engage with friends and pages easier than accessing the desktop site.
From PC to Your Smartphone
As mentioned, Facebook for Android and iOS comes with all the important features of the website version. Users can log in as usual with their credentials. Once logged in, the app will open to your News Feed where you can see the updates from friends and pages you follow. From there, you can read, like, and comment on posts. Facebook’s latest version even allows users to react to the post instead of liking it.
The Facebook mobile app also lets you update your status anywhere, provided that you have an internet connection. It allows you to add texts, tags and even emojis to the posts you share. It even comes with background color options to liven up your status update. However, to date, the mobile version does not provide a website preview of the linked site the way the desktop version does.
Facebook for Android also makes it easy for users to upload photos straight from your mobile device. From the Create Post bar, simply click the photo button and Facebook will show you all the pictures you have on your device. You can choose to upload the pictures directly as an update or create an album. Recently, Facebook mobile has added a new feature called Facebook Stories. Much like the Stories feature on Instagram, it lets you post pictures and videos without saving them on your archive.
Besides the usual homepage you see on the desktop version, there are a few additions to the mobile app that users will love. Facebook for Android has added the Watch Now tab where you can see videos posted by the pages you liked as well as trending video clips.
First-time mobile app users, however, would notice the lack of the messaging feature that comes in the web version. This is because Facebook for Android and iOS has now a separate messaging app called the Messenger. To chat with your friends, you need to download this app and have it synced to your account.
Keeping Up with the Community
The Facebook app is constantly updating, and this year is no exemption. In its latest update, Facebook shifted to the communities, both private and public, with Group being the core focus. The new version will make it easier for you to find and participate in groups, thanks to its redesigned Groups tab. The group tab comes with it a separate feed, so you can see all updates from your groups in a single place rather than mixing them with the rest of your News Feed. The Group button now comes in the menu bar for easier access.
Facebook events also underwent a few improvements putting a big emphasis on helping you find stuff to do. The new events have a richer map where you can see events that you may be interested in and are close to your location. It also has a more intuitive look which makes it easy to find and sift through events and organize your calendars.
But perhaps the biggest change that Facebook made on its app is adding the Facebook Dating feature. Yes, you read it right. Facebook has embraced the growing industry of dating apps and has added a way for you to find your match. Facebook Dating brings with it a new feature called Secret Crush which lets you name nine friends that you secretly like. If the person you named also name you as their secret crush, you will be both notified and can chat on Messenger.
To avoid users from spamming the feature by adding and removing people from the list, Facebook only lets you sub out one person per day after you reach your limit of nine persons.
In addition to Secret Crush, Facebook Dating can also set you up with users with dating profiles. Facebook will match you with other users depending on your interests, events that you have been to, and groups you are a part of. You can respond to one of the questions or photos of the person you have matched to start a conversation.
Facebook dating has a separate inbox so your friends won’t see your dating profile unless they make their own. You can also tap the Not Interested button if you don’t want to respond to the person you have matched with.
While there wasn’t much new to how the app looks, Facebook for Android and iOS has gone a few updates to make your browsing faster and your experience more immersive. Groups and events buttons are added to the menu bar layout along with News Feed, Watch Now, Profile, and Notifications tab. This makes it easier for you to navigate around the app.
Each of the tabs come with separate feeds so you can see specific posts that are otherwise mixed with other updates posted on your news feed. It made finding what you’re looking for more convenient. Facebook developers also claim to have the app made safer and more secure.
Social Media Frontrunner
There is no denying that Facebook is the largest social networking site today. It has become synonymous to social media that if one thinks of a social media app to download, it will be the obvious choice. The app is very easy to navigate, and there are lots of features that users can enjoy. And while there are various social media apps available for download, such as Twitter, WhatsApp, and Instagram, Facebook’s constant innovation seems like a statement that it won’t be ending its reign any time soon.