Facebook has decided to switch from HTML5 to a native app, completely rewriting it from the ground up. This change claims to give the app twice the speed as before, and adds a new banner to let you tap to see more stories without the need to refresh.
New photo viewing options include the ability to close with a swipe down of your finger and notifications have become easier to access.
Comments and reactions on Twitter and Facebook indicate this was a very welcome update, even bringing some users back to using the app again.
“So, we rewrote Facebook for iOS from the ground up (I really did open up Xcode and click “New Project”)” LOL
— Dayton Lowell (@daytonlowell) August 23, 2012
Facebook was not kidding — the new iOS app is much faster. The photo-browsing experience has improved 10x, &the little UI tweaks are slick.
— Sharon Vaknin (@sharonvak) August 23, 2012
A faster Facebook iOS app? Downloading. Now.
— kacy fortner (@kacyf) August 23, 2012
What do you think about these changes? What would you like to see Facebook add or change in the app next?