Two Android app updates that social media gurus shouldn’t miss

In the midst of all the excitement surrounding Jelly Bean on the HTC EVO 4G LTE, it was pretty easy to miss two pretty big Android app updates. And trust us – these really are pretty big.

Facebook

The native Facebook app that we’ve all been waiting for is finally here! Rather than relying on the painstakingly slow HTML5 code that Facebook for Android had been, it now uses its own native code to get your Facebook updates to you faster than ever before. Facebook specifically promises that your Timeline will load faster, but I’ve also noticed that photos and comments seems to load much quicker than ever before.

One new feature that I particularly like is that comments and likes now appear in a separate pop up window, which you can easily close again by pressing the back button. This keeps your previous place in the Timeline, which has been hit or miss in the past, and just makes for a better overall experience for the end user.

Download: Google Play

Google+

The latest version of Google+ now allows you to upload full resolution photos via Instant Upload. You get 5GB of free storage for this, or you can still opt to automatically upload photos at 2048px; these will continue to not count against any storage quotas you might have, thereby granting you unlimited photo storage. Still, it’s nice to see Google give us this new option (it will go nicely with my 100GB of Google Drive storage).

Other new features include support for Google+ Communities, the ability to subscribe to any circle for notifications, support for time zones in Events, basic profile editing, integration with Google Now to send birthday wishes to friends, support for animated GIFs, animated emoticons in posts, the ability to view and explore Photo Sphere images, and the option to add the Google+ widget to your AOSP Jelly Bean device’s lock screen.

In other words, there’s a ton of new stuff here. It’s worth the update.

Download: Google Play

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

5 thoughts on “Two Android app updates that social media gurus shouldn’t miss

  • December 14, 2012 at 1:23 pm
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    I’m glad Facebook finally got its act together… I was noticing that yesterday and thought it was just a function of the JellyBean upgrade…

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    • December 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm
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      LOL yea its really good now

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  • December 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm
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    Does the Facebook app have proper support for tablets yet? Downloaded it on my nexus 10 the other day and it looked horrible so I uninstalled it

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    • December 17, 2012 at 11:46 am
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      it’s better, it doesn’t quite fit the images right though…

      better, but amateurish attempt at a tablet mode… at least on my Sony S

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  • December 17, 2012 at 7:31 am
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    I love the facebook update. It used to take forever to load my news feed and images, but now it works great.

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