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Featured: Facebook Gets Updated with New Messaging Capabilities

September 20, 2012 - Written By Christina Gardner

From my observations, I stand between a huge mix of Androidians who either like and used Facebook , or simply hate the whole thought of Facebook.  I would be in the middle of these two sides. Facebook definitely can be frustrating, and need a HUGE overhaul development wise, but yet I still used it quite regularly to keep in touch with friends and family. My main use for Facebook is photos. I have lots of family members spread throughout the U.S. and I am one to enjoy keeping memories and sharing.

Enough about that though, let’s get down to the real point here. Facebook has been updated AGAIN! Some may cringe wondering what new change they incorporated this time, as Facebook is known for changing their design layouts often, and indeed they did change some layouts of the app, but only the message side of the things.

Users can now use a “swiping” ability within the app to see who’s online to chat, or who’s available via text message. I’m not one who uses the Facebook messaging part of the app it’s more for photos and status updates and basically sharing, so I can’t really share my feelings on this  .

The update went out today, and “HTC EVO 3D, HTC One X, LG Optimus Black, LG Optimus Hub, Samsung Galaxy Ace,  Samsung Galaxy Nexus,  Samsung Galaxy S3, and Samsung Galaxy Y ” are all phones that have the “text messaging feature” available to them. Again, I’m not one who does this type of stuff, so I cannot say for sure my feelings on the matter. However,  I would prefer to do my texting through my actual text messaging app if I need to text someone. Facebook has enough of my information I don’t think they need anymore than has to be given.

Facebook has made strong statements to users making sure they have the best app available.  iOS will be updated “every 6 six” and Android will be updated “every 4 weeks.” Whoa, that’s a lot of updating. Kind of makes you wonder why do they need to update that often?

 

If you notice the image above, there does prove to be some interesting new design features. Adding more than one person to the conversation is always a nice feature, as I tend to do that a lot since most of my school club members used Facebook regularly.

Here is the list of things that come with the updated Facebook App:

  • New button in upper right of News Feed quickly shows who’s available to message
  • New design for conversations in Messages
  •  When sending messages, see who’s active so you and your friends know how soon to expect a reply
  • Improvements to make the app more secure and reliable, including bug fixes for errors during multi-photo selections, device restarts, and push notifications

 

So, it would “seem” like a promising new update, but with Facebook “looks can be deceiving.” Let’s us hope it runs  smoothly and isn’t a disappointment to users.