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Facebook mobile app to get Instagram-like picture treatment

May 16, 2012
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With more and more people accessing the web on their mobile devices, web companies strive create apps that can recreate a full web browsing experience, albeit in a simpler package. A consistent user interface across devices can drive people to use it more, which is vital for companies like Facebook, that increasingly depend on mobile ads.

The latest revision of the Facebook app for Android and iOS, as well as its mobile site, brings an improved design for the posts in news feed. Gone are the days when you had to squint your eyes to figure out the thumbnail pictures in the news feed. The photos in the feed will now show up three times bigger. Aside from that, the redesign will make the posts fill your mobile screen from edge to edge.

The old interface


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After redesign

While it looks like Facebook is taking a leaf out of Instagram‘s book, which makes a living from people sharing their filtered pictures on the web, the fact that the latter will be acquired by Facebook for $1 billion seems to make it okay. Since pictures sharing seem to be all the rage, it’s worth mentioning that Google+ already has the same feature.

The update will definitely make for a better user experience for those who are into pictures viewing, but it still doesn’t answer some complaints that many have voiced about Facebook’s mobile apps. What users ultimately want is a faster and more stable app with shorter loading times. And we wouldn’t mind if Facebook threw in a more convenient way to share things, as the share button is still notably missing.

How do you like the new changes on Facebook mobile app? Do you prefer to use the app more or go to the full site even when you’re on your mobile device?