Facebook Releases New, Faster iOS App

Christina Warren
August 23, 2012
Facebook Releases New, Faster iOS App

Facebook issued a massive update to its iOS app Thursday, with app version 5.0.

Facebook describes the app as being "rebuilt so it's faster and easier to use."

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Once a template for how to design a great mobile app, Facebook for iOS has faced criticisms in the past 18 months for being slow and unresponsive.

Part of the reason behind the slowness was the old app's reliance on HTML5. While HTML5 is a great way to build cross-platform, mobile-friendly apps and web pages, it's not as fast for certain types of applications.

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In June, two Facebook developers told The New York Times that they were working on rebuilding the iOS app in Objective-C and that the resulting app could be 2.5 times faster.

You can download Facebook for iOS [iTunes link] from the App Store. We'll have a full hands-on look at the update for iPhone and iPad soon.

Facebook also issued a smaller update to Facebook for Android [Google Play link]. While not as far-reaching as the iOS update, the Android app now supports faster photo uploads and emoji in messages.

What do you think of the new Facebook for iOS? Let us know in the comments.

This story originally published on Mashable here.