Facebook Version 2.0, Rewritten in Native Code, Now Available

Facebook Version 2.0, Rewritten in Native Code, Now Available

Dec 14, 2012

Our long national nightmare is over! Facebook for Android has been dramatically improved! Version 2.0 has hit Google Play, and it has been completely rebuilt in native code to make it run a lot better. Before, it ran as a hybrid web view, implementing some native code elements along with basically rendering a mobile web page. This meant that Facebook could provide a common experience across iOS and Android. And for what it’s worth, it did its job in that regard – it just wasn’t very good.

Now, the app has been rebuilt in native code, and while the interface is largely the same, the app is far, far more responsive. Tapping on links actually opens them. Sorting the timeline by Most Recent actually works. Photo galleries come in a scrollable format in the feed. It’s largely the same interface as iOS, and not much different than before, but it’s much better. Facebook’s engineering team runs down the improvements in a blog post here, and the app is available now from Google Play.