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 220.127.116.11.27 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.
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It looks flat just like kitkat but I’ve noticed it doesn’t matter what phone you have Facebook always lags.
Let’s hope this is better
You’re right, I tested on a Nexus, HTC One, SGSIII, SGS4 (my own devices and friend’s ones) and it’s badly optimized… they prefer doing staff on iOS devices…
But this won’t make me go back to iPhone again…
Facebook has never lagged on my gs4.
You use touchwiz. You are so used to lag that you can t see it.
Does it not fucking use 50-80MB by just having it installed now?
Right? I actually factory reset my phone once, downloaded Facebook, Clean Master and did nothing else. Didn’t sign in, didn’t even launch the app.
Looked in Clean Master > Memory Boost and it was using ~60MB of RAM.
I gave up using the beta, and the Facebook app in general a little while ago. Every time a new beta release came out, they stated ‘memory improvements’ but nothing ever appeared to improve memory. It was just an extra permission added, a bug fixed which in turn created more bugs.
For me, with location disabled, auto sync off, just sitting idle in the background I never noticed the app go below 100mb.
The beta is a joke. Facebook as a whole is a joke. They never have and never will listen to their users. They will add and take away features as they see fit regardless of what the beta and alpha users thing, or the general public for that matter.
I was even banned from the Facebook Android Beta Facebook page for questioning Facebook about the permissions. I was in no way rude or abrupt – simply putting the question out there. See image attached.
About 2-3 days later, I couldn’t post any more and all my comments were deleted. My beta days ended there.
I even wrote a short article about my experience with Facebook’s shady permissions – http://rayshq.com/2013/12/facebooks-shady-android-app-permissions/ – it probably didn’t help that I posted this on the beta page but regardless, people need to be aware that not everything is as it seems.
Facebook is without a doubt (IMO) the dodgiest there is when it comes to user security and privacy. They will grab every single bit of information from you whenever and where ever possible, and if they can do it without you knowing, they will!
Yeah I like the looks. Looks like kit kat.
No full screen for kit kat????? No transparent buttons??? On IOS FB redesign to be compatible with IOS 7, but for 4.4 kit kat noooo. Bravo FB for you effort for android users…
why does it need to be full screen? games yes, apps why?
or for other phones that support transparent status bar like my Gs4
How do you know it doesn’t have transparent button/status bar or immersive mode support for 4.4?
I want full screen mode tbh. It’s fine for games but not social apps.. Would like to see the status bar.
Also even Google hasn’t implemented transparent buttons on most of their apps? on
My nexus7 only the home screen has that
It’s better than before and looks more like Android but why is the menu on the right with three horizontal stripes? Why not in a navigation drawer on the left?
The option on the right will be to see which friends are online, like with the current stable release.
Yes. The three stripes on the top right with the guy. But in the lower navigation on the right these are the options. And they are supposed to be in the navigation drawer on the top left or should be accessible via swiping. In my opinion.
Ah right, yes I agree they should be on the left/accessible by swiping.
This new UI was uncovered several months ago but it turned out to be enabled server side by facebook. I’m on the alpha 7 without the new UI
Yeahp, it’s purely server side, because I’m as well as you with the old UI, and sometimes very rarely it switches but not completely
As am I. I’m on a Nexus 5 in Australia. I read about the redesign a few months ago and its been driving me nuts that I still haven’t seen it. Straight to version 18.104.22.168
I guees this is only for phones, because I’m on version 7.0 on my Note 10.1 and don’t have the new UI
They need to release an app with a proper tablet UI, I can’t stand using the FB app on my tablet – I always resort to using the web page.
I agree, I don’t understand why it’s taking them a long time to make one, the current UI does not look nice on a tablet
It’s a lie this, because I’m on Alpha 7.0.0.01 and I only saw that UI once and not complete.
At the moment this Alpha version it’s using 55MB of RAM on my SGSIII (GT-I9300) w/ 4.3 JB
I have version 22.214.171.124 on a Galaxy Note 3 and I do not have the new UI I get to see parts of it if I go into a persons profile that has the newest facebook UI that came out a while ago to just some users.
same here.. same version. but i don’t see any changes at all with the UI.
full view of friend request,notifications and messages. good update!
So fb is moving away from the google approved hamburger style side drawer. Wow.. It had one thing going its way and now this.
I have noticed in my stable Facebook like a week ago the top bar would change too that but after I re open the app it changed back…why?
I got the new user interface since 2 week or so both on my nexus 4 and 7 (2012)and I’m on the stable version of Facebook
I’ve had this UI on my Nexus 5 and Galaxy Note 2 for about a month now… but I’m not part of the alpha/beta testing group. Maybe it’s rolling out?
I’ll pass. Deleted the previous version from my phone. Thanks for the 790 Wakelocks in 5 hrs..
Yuk I prefer friendcaster it doesn’t wipe out your battery by constantly tracking you and other nasty stuff
I am 126.96.36.199 , still no ui change
That’s weird I have version 188.8.131.52.28 and I see the new UI. And I was in the beta. What i mean by was is I bought a new phone and Downloaded what I thought was the regular version of Facebook off the play store.
I just received this update as 184.108.40.206.28 and I was a beta user. Is this hitting regular users too?Anyways. I like it. Runs smoother then the old UI.