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(Tech Stew)   Facebook updates iOS app to be faster, "rebuilt from the ground up"   (tech-stew.com) divider line 42
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2012-08-23 05:20:47 PM
First thought: Oh finally, this is great!

Second thought: Oh shiat, they're going to "improve" it again
 
2012-08-23 05:24:13 PM
It actually is faster, since it doesn't seem to rely so heavily on WebKit anymore. The old app wasn't all that much better than visiting Facebook in Safari.

That said, since it's a rewrite it's also plagued with all-new bugs.
 
2012-08-23 05:29:31 PM
It's horrible.

All pics load blurry, takes long time to resolve.
 
2012-08-23 05:30:39 PM
Now if they would just fix the Android app. That thing's been terrible forever.
 
2012-08-23 05:36:10 PM
their ios app is farking horrible. seriously.
 
2012-08-23 05:39:59 PM

rocinante721: It's horrible.

All pics load blurry, takes long time to resolve.


I just updated, and no pics are blurry for me at all. Perhaps you have a bad connection to the network?
 
2012-08-23 05:45:13 PM

JamesBenjamin: rocinante721: It's horrible.

All pics load blurry, takes long time to resolve.

I just updated, and no pics are blurry for me at all. Perhaps you have a bad connection to the network?


Or you take blurry pictures.
 
2012-08-23 06:02:18 PM

JamesBenjamin: rocinante721: It's horrible.

All pics load blurry, takes long time to resolve.

I just updated, and no pics are blurry for me at all. Perhaps you have a bad connection to the network?


Of just an FU to those with 3GS phones
 
2012-08-23 06:18:57 PM
My first few uses of it havent been that different from prior installation.
 
2012-08-23 06:34:55 PM
Already have a dedicated FB app on the BlackBerry. It's great.
 
2012-08-23 06:42:43 PM
For some reason the best mobile Facebook app is the one on Windows Phone. The Android one is 'orrible and the IOS one hardly much better.
 
2012-08-23 06:42:47 PM
Just downloaded it.

Noticeably faster, but still pretty painfully slow when not on WiFi.
 
2012-08-23 06:45:50 PM
FaceBook???

iOS???

i2.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-08-23 07:50:55 PM

rocinante721: It's horrible.

All pics load blurry, takes long time to resolve.


Do you take pictures of bigfoot and UFOs?
 
2012-08-23 07:58:09 PM
Or how about making the mobile site not a deliberately crippled and useless shiatstorm to 'encourage' me to use the app so you can datamine me even more? There is absolutely no way the mobile interface could be as terrible and non-functional (literally, half to 3/4 of the time buttons fail to DO anything) except by deliberate design.
 
2012-08-23 08:01:29 PM

whither_apophis: rocinante721: It's horrible.

All pics load blurry, takes long time to resolve.

Do you take pictures of bigfoot and UFOs?


For the last time, ITS A STREETLIGHT.
 
2012-08-23 08:13:43 PM
Is there any platform with a Facebook app that actually work
 
2012-08-23 08:22:21 PM

kroonermanblack: There is absolutely no way the mobile interface could be as terrible and non-functional (literally, half to 3/4 of the time buttons fail to DO anything) except by deliberate design.


Up until today, the iOS app had the same problem. Or worse, sometimes you'd click a link and it would take you to a different page entirely.

These are the types of bugs that make us devs cringe, because we know the code behind the scenes has to be royally WTF to get such wacky behavior.
 
2012-08-23 08:23:23 PM
www.ohthoseboys.com
 
2012-08-23 08:26:54 PM
News: Facebook updates iOS app to be faster, "rebuilt from the ground up"; FARK: still takes you to facebook.
 
2012-08-23 08:46:07 PM
Can you update your profile picture directly now?
 
2012-08-23 09:46:23 PM
Google+ still has a superior mobile interface.
 
2012-08-23 09:57:54 PM
It's faster but it doesn't rotate to landscape view anymore (at least on my iPhone; maybe it works differently on an Android device?).
 
2012-08-23 10:21:42 PM
Anyone else have a problem going to their own page in the program? I keep getting error messages.
 
2012-08-23 10:24:44 PM

NightSteel: Now if they would just fix the Android app. That thing's been terrible forever.


Well they fixed something for Android Link
 
2012-08-23 10:36:51 PM

Wollffeey: It's faster but it doesn't rotate to landscape view anymore (at least on my iPhone; maybe it works differently on an Android device?).


Same here on my iPhone. WTF? I liked entering status updates with the wider landscape keyboard.
 
2012-08-23 10:37:50 PM
Thumbs up for the new app after updating today. Huge and much needed improvement.
 
2012-08-24 12:17:49 AM

drjekel_mrhyde: Is there any platform with a Facebook app that actually work


Not if you actually intend to visit Facebook with it. The FB icon in the Application folder doesn't seem to hang or crash though.
 
2012-08-24 12:33:16 AM

rocinante721: It's horrible.

All pics load blurry, takes long time to resolve.


That's because you didn't charge your phone with the high quality Monster cable dock kit...
 
2012-08-24 01:25:24 AM

rocinante721: It's horrible.

All pics load blurry, takes long time to resolve.


Strange, it's much much MUCH faster than the old version on my 3rd Gen iPad.

Pics aren't blurry, and are like insta-loaded now:
Facebook iOS screenshot
 
2012-08-24 01:29:32 AM

Wollffeey: It's faster but it doesn't rotate to landscape view anymore (at least on my iPhone; maybe it works differently on an Android device?).


Yes, no problem with rotation.
But still can't fit a lot of girls from my High School into the frame.
 
2012-08-24 01:44:16 AM
The actual app now:

i.imgur.com

i.imgur.com

i.imgur.com
 
2012-08-24 01:59:48 AM
Thanks, OriginalGamer, it appears the baby and cat pics are intact and functioning properly.
 
2012-08-24 02:01:40 AM
Lol yeah, it may be much faster, and more functional, but it IS still Facebook. ;-)
 
2012-08-24 02:05:47 AM
For anyone interested in the technicalities of what was done, here is a very informative article on the iOS rewrite by a member of the programming team:

https://facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10151036091753920&refid=9

"So, we rewrote Facebook for iOS from the ground up (I really did open up Xcode and click "New Project") with a focus on quality and leveraging the advances that have been made in iOS development."
 
2012-08-24 09:26:02 AM

Ess_Aytch: Google+ still has a superior mobile interface.


Yes, all three Google+ users love it!
 
2012-08-24 09:56:09 AM
I installed it last night. I think it's a huge improvement.

1. They didn't drastically change the interface.
2. It's a whole lot faster
3. My messages and notifications finally cleared! (it always said I had at least one when it didn't)

So it's still facebook but it's definitely better than the web app.
 
2012-08-24 11:01:16 AM

Mawson of the Antarctic: Anyone else have a problem going to their own page in the program? I keep getting error messages.


Yeah, no luck at all here.

/Oh, wait...
//I don't have a Facebook page.
//Or an iPhone.
 
2012-08-24 11:48:51 AM

TXEric: Mawson of the Antarctic: Anyone else have a problem going to their own page in the program? I keep getting error messages.

Yeah, no luck at all here.

/Oh, wait...
//I don't have a Facebook page.
//Or an iPhone.


thanks for coming to this thread to post!
 
2012-08-24 11:49:25 AM

NightSteel: Now if they would just fix the Android app. That thing's been terrible forever.


All Facebook employees have to use Android devices now, because management knows the app is horrible. They figure if the employees have to use it, they'll get pissed off enough to fix it. Apparently getting paid to do your job isn't enough incentive anymore.
 
2012-08-24 12:45:09 PM

CastorPimp: TXEric: Mawson of the Antarctic: Anyone else have a problem going to their own page in the program? I keep getting error messages.

Yeah, no luck at all here.

/Oh, wait...
//I don't have a Facebook page.
//Or an iPhone.

thanks for coming to this thread to post!


Heh. Damn, that took long enough!

/Sorry, just in a snarky mood today...
//Got another snarky post in the other FB thread, too, if you're interested!
//Need to find something to do today.
 
2012-08-25 12:50:23 PM

Skwrl: Ess_Aytch: Google+ still has a superior mobile interface.

Yes, all three Google+ users love it!


Oi, watch the attitude. There's at least a baker's dozen of us.
 
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