Back in October, Facebook announced it would be offering a new “Facebook Alpha program” for users looking to test out some of the most cutting-edge features using the popular social network’s Android app. Now Facebook 18.104.22.168.27 alpha build has arrived, bringing with a fairly major overhaul to the app’s user interface.
The screenshots and information regarding the new version of the app come from XDA user jaaystott, who is a member of Facebook’s Alpha testing team. While the changes might not be that dramatic, the new UI is much cleaner and arguably more attractive than prior versions of the app.
Here’s a screenshot comparing the newsfeed on the alpha build (right) versus the current stable release (left):
So when can we expect this refresh to come to the main app? Honestly, it’s hard to say. For one thing, Facebook previously noted that some new alpha features would “come and go” so there is no guarantees that the new UI will make it to the stable release, though we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.
If they do decide to move forward with the new look, it will first hit the beta build of the app and then, sometime after that, the UI will come to the stable version of Facebook. In other words, we wouldn’t expect to see the new user interface officially roll out anytime soon.
What do you think of the new UI, like the new look versus the older one? An improvement or not?
Update: As noted by several readers both in the comments below and via Google+, the new look has technically existed for a little while now (at least for some of the alpha users), and is actually enabled server side. In other words, the new look is not specific to alpha 6, as many alpha testers are already rocking alpha 7 yet a number of them still don’t have the new UI.