Mobile Facebook on iOS just got better, with a super-quick refresh rate, allowing for a "twice-as-fast" experience for users, just like the Facebook blog announced.
After upgrading, the scrolling and the photo views were almost instantaneous.
The scrolling is smooth -- a differentiator from Google+ iOS app that has an intentional pause-and-postcard effect.
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Another new feature is the banner at the top updates with the amount of new stories that have been fed to you. Just tap and the new ones appear. (Not a huge deal, but a step better than having to pull down to refresh.)
Once you've perused (or skimmed) the new stories, a one-tap will take you back to your news feed.
The dev team is already looking at the next iteration, too, using its HTML 5 and Objective C expertise:
To solve (the constant evolution of the app), we came up with a different plan to let you use the newest features without requiring you to update the entire app: a "fallback" renderer. When the news feed team designs a new type of story, Facebook for iOS downloads something it doesn't quite understand. When we detect this, we use a "fallback" renderer to show the pertinent information in the new story in a format the app already understands. In the meantime, we create a new custom renderer and have it ready for our next app update.
A less-jarring experience than the mobile equivalent of a 404.
The Android app also got updated Thursday with an integration with Google Play. The app now lets users create and share events and has a much-improved photo sharing via upload experience.