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Facebook updated their "Facebook for Android" app for Android yesterday, and it comes with many new changes that greatly improve the experience over the last version. Many of you, like myself, may have tried the previous version of the app and been disappointed, but this version is a definite improvement, and might help the app redeem itself.

Android Central adds that they "can't help but wonder how much of a hand Erick Tseng had in this, given that the former senior Android product manager left Android for Facebook just a few short months ago."

MobileCrunch does a great roundup of the changes that come with this latest version:

First up: don’t expect complete liberation from the mobile site. Clicking on a notification still bumps you out to the (touch) Facebook page. This is still a bit of a bummer (as it makes you question why you even opened the app), but most features are now in-app. For instance, messages can be read and responded to from within the app. But wait, there’s more…

First and foremost is the timeline of pictures that sits down the bottom of the main screen. This shows the latest images from your News Feed. Handily, this includes the thumbnails for any links posted, so is a good place to see if any of your friends have found a new video of cats chasing laser beams.

Also, the notifications are no longer tucked away under a menu, but rather, appear as a notification “drawer” similar to Android’s native notification system (only down the bottom of the screen). This is actually quite nice, as you now know how many notifications you have as soon as you open the app.

Photos are now also handled within the app, and you can comment from within the app, too.

AndroidandMe notes that the update for Android has been long overdue:

It has been a bit painful to see the iPhone version of the official Facebook application keep getting better while it’s Android counterpart remained mostly stagnant. This release brings us back up to par with the iPhone application. In fact, the 1.3 update also brings a stream of pictures at the bottom of the main screen, something the iPhone application can’t yet do. This should give us bragging rights for at least a short while.

AndroidGuys writes, and I have to agree, that this is a "damn good upgrade if you ask me." Let's hope that Facebook decides to keep Android on par with the iPhone app, as they are doing themselves no favors by ignoring such a growing audience.

MobileCrunch also mentions that with Mark Zuckerberg's switch to Android, we might be seeing more support coming our way.

Other Sources: AndroidandMe, Android Central, AndroidGuys, MobileCrunch

Images from Android Central

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