Mobile is the way to go for social networks and online service providers. And yet, not everyone gets it. Mobile devices are suppose to be the easiest way for users to share information wherever, whenever. Thankfully, companies like Facebook are improving their mobile products, although to a limited extent.

The latest update to Facebook’s Android app includes a few incremental improvements, including the ability to add events straight from the smartphone interface and an improved photo uploading UI. Users can now embed photos and emoji emoticons to messages.

Updating to version 1.9.8 of Facebook’s Android app will require manual approval, given the need to acquire your location through coarse-network method.

Android users shortchanged?

Facebook’s iOS app update, however, brings in drastic improvements, such as ditching the HTML5 interface in favor of a native approach to the social networking app. This drastic change leaves Android users short-changed. Business Insider reports that even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is disappointed with how the development of the Android app is going.

Zuck is reportedly going as far as forcing developers to use the Android app to realize how “subpar” it is compared to the iPhone and iPad version.

Facebook is “dogfooding” — a term developers use to highlight their use of in-house developed apps (eating their own “dog food”). Of course, the alternative here for end-users is to use third-party apps for managing your Facebook account.

But since Facebook is already able to build an iOS app that’s miles ahead of its Android counterpart, then what’s stopping them from releasing a similar update soon?

Do you use the Facebook app on your Android phone or tablet? Do you feel the same way, or can you live with knowing iPhone users are getting a better social networking experience?

J. Angelo Racoma
J. Angelo Racoma has written extensively about mobile, social media, enterprise apps and startups. Angelo develops business case studies for Microsoft enterprise platforms, and is also co-founder at WorkSmartr, a small outsourcing team that offers digital content and marketing services.
  • pat

    I don’t really have any issues with my facebook app, maybe it’s because I’m using the S3? my last phone barely ran it though.

    • ver. 1.9.9 that was just released for Android runs a lot smoother on monster phones like the S3. On my Optimus Elite? Not so much.

  • Marvin Nakajima

    Perhaps it will take recognition by the developers that an ever increasing number of their mobile users are on Android to wake them up to improving their app. Also do they have to make them the same? Why not use the flexibility Android offers to create a FB app that is not possible on iOS.

  • MasterMuffin

    I don’t use it, it super slow even when I’m in wifi network and I have s3! I use seesmic pro, it’s pretty fast in 3g

  • Ghulam Murtaza Panhwar

    Yeah that is problem with me also its too much laggy thats why i use flipboard for viewing news feeds!

  • On my mobile, I can’t say I have experienced any problems, but I think I got some bugs with the last update. Can’t remember exactly, been without my S3 for a week. But on my Galaxy Tab there’s nothing but bugs.

  • Like the rest of you,on my S3 it hums along just fine, I do get lag when looking at photos but am not sure if its down to the app/background processes/or other.

    I personally down care all that much, FB is just a time vacuum and there are other things I’m more concerned about.

  • the iphone version is just as bad,,, so what the hell are you talking about…?

  • MarkG1234

    Perhaps Zuckerberg should force Facebook developers to use the Google+ Android app to see what Facebook could be….

    It’s like a million times better than the Facebook app.

    • that it is

    • Hey, he forces employees to use the Android FB app because it’s so bad.

  • Has anyone else been experience a hell of a lot of FC’s since the update?
    I have had 5 already today!

  • Nice nd new message emoji.

    Facebook android app is not able to justify a proper place for loading indicator.
    sometimes on left, now next to notification icon….. :-P

  • just use Friendcaster

    • I just installed it after uninstalling the official app–we’ll see how good it is.

  • This new app sucks! It crashes every 5 minutes on my s3, I switched to the browser version till they fix it!

  • raindog469

    I only use the Facebook app for uploading photos. I use the standalone Messenger app from time to time, but for the most part when dealing with Facebook on my phone it’s the plain old mobile site in Boat Browser.

  • Dilip

    New update on android absolutely sucks. Freezing apps and phone. Uninstalled in a heattbeat.

  • jiujie798

  • That’s an understatement–the Android app is horrid compared to iOS. And last I checked, the Android version was running continuously in resources, using 68 MB.

  • The last update was supposed to fix picture uploading, still hangs in mud upload. have to kill the process and retry again… EVEN THOUGH the last update was was to correct this. oh well hopefly they fix it soon.