So, Android finally has a Official Facebook application. You can download it free from Android Market today.
Although the Fan page of this application on Facebook says this is not developed by Facebook, this app has been developed by Facebook developers only.
There are a few Android specific features, however: “The ability to place a Facebook widget on the home screen of the phone, to quickly read the latest status updates … receive notifications when you get a Facebook message, a friend invite or event invitations … quick and easy access to the phone numbers of your friends on Facebook, and allows you to give them a call with just one-click by using the Android’s Live Folders.”
To get the most from Facebook on your phone:
* Place the Facebook widget and Facebook Phonebook Live Folder on your home screen
* Press MENU for more features
* Touch and hold items to open a menu of shortcuts
* Upload and share from the Camera, Gallery and Browser
* Customize a ringtone for Facebook notifications
* Shake the phone to refresh feeds
These tips can be found in the application settings.
Android Market description of this Application
Facebook for Android makes it easy to stay connected with friends. You can share status updates from your home screen, check out your news feed, look at your friends’ walls and user info. Share photos from your phone and can even look up to 125 friends’ phone numbers from the home screen.
The Facebook Android app does a good job at what Android does well. It alerts you to new comments on the Android notification drop-down window. It also allows you to click on a link from a browser and send it to your Facebook page—without ever loading the app. Pictures are also easily uploaded. The widget is big, but it does allow you to see the most recent status updates and place a call without loading the heftier version. However, as the critics have already said, it’s light on features—but the team promises more in future generations.
Here’s a video of the program in action from the team at TechCrunch: