Over the weekend, social media giant Facebook updated their Android mobile app with the bugfixes, and threw two supplementary app shortcuts along the mix. According to Facebook software engineer Frank Qixing Du’s blog post, the new update “includes performance improvements as well as shortcuts to share photos and messages faster.” This obviously is part of Zuck and company’s attempts to provide a direct and more engaging mobile experience for their millions of social zombies…er, users worldwide.
The new Facebook for Android 1.9 allows you to take photos, and to read and send messages directly from the homescreen.
Most of the features, according to Du, were already found on the standalone Messenger app the company has been pushing for a while now. This includes an improved messenger list that organizes your contacts by the people you most frequently interact with, which makes for smarter interaction management on the app and site.
You can also easily add new people to an existing group conversation, and see if your buddies are online or merely on their Android-powered devices.
The two aforementioned shortcuts aptly titled Camera and Messenger will appear upon updating the Facebook app. They could be a tad confusing to some, given that Android users may already have shortcuts named Camera and Messenger on their app trays.
Messenger is pretty much a cleaner update to the app Facebook launched in August last year, displaying a straightforward interface that lets you engage in conversations with your buddies and displays the interactions you’ve have with them in the past.
Camera, on the other hand, was something the tech community already knew were in the works since June of last year, and the recent Instagram acquisition might’ve been responsible for a few finishing touches. Aside from letting you take photos, you can also tag people, state your location, and specify who can see your photo, before eventually saving the snaps on to your galleries.