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Facebook for Andorid Finally Goes Native

Facebook for Andorid Finally Goes Native

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For months now I’ve been complaining on Twitter about how bad the Facebook app for Android is. Really, it’s horrid. It’s a memory hog, slows down my otherwise still-spritely Galaxy Nexus, takes ages to open and load, and is just downright horrible to use. Fortunately, the great Zuck was listening, and today we’re being treated to Facebook for Android, version 2.0.

What’s New

The biggest changes are all under the hood, so to speak. It’s being said that Facebook’s engineers rebuilt the app from scratch, and I believe them. It’s no longer laggy, load times are greatly reduced and the experience is just that much better. Facebook says the app is now “twice as fast”. We’ll see about that in a review later on, I suppose. More after the break.

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App Spotlight: Notification Weather for Android

App Spotlight: Notification Weather for Android

Notification Weather

If there’s just one single are in which Android stands head and shoulders above the competition it just has to be notifications. Windows Phone’s notifications are basic, but rather rudimentary. Notification Centre on iOS is a step in the right direction for the platform but is still a clumsy and inefficient method of handling notifications. No no, Android is indubitably superior. Notifications on Jelly Bean are clean, organised and oh so versatile. Any app can plug into the notifications and expandable notifications just make everything that much better. See the basics when busy, expand for more info when the shade isn’t quite that full.

That, fellow readers, is the basic premise behind Notification Weather for Android. A weather app hiding away in your notification shade. As I said earlier this app has 2 views, a “collapsed” view and and “expanded” view. The UI is spot on – the damn thing looks stock! Really, Matias Duarte himself could have designed this. Read on past the break for more.

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