New Facebook For iPhone 4.1 Includes Timeline Access and Faster Photos

21 Dec

Facebook has just pressed out version 4.1 of its popular iPhone app.  The update includes the change of ability to view the new profile Timeline, Subscribers, Subscriptions, pop-over notifications, and add people to friend lists. The app seems to work well with its quick response and photos are loaded significantly faster. Facebook launched Timeline globally a few days ago. But it is to be noted that initially it could only be accessed from m.facebook.com and Facebook for Android. This update will provide more exposure to Timeline because as Facebook fro iPhone has 99.5 million monthly active users and 57.6 million daily active users, says the AppData.

Facebook for iPhone 4.1 may have been planned to launch alongside the Android update, but could have been delayed by necessary bug fixes. Its release shows that Facebook isn’t favoring Android mobile development just yet, though its Android app now has more daily active users than its iPhone app. You may only see Timeline through the app if you’ve already opted into the profile redesign via the web. Though Facebook for iPhone 4.1 runs on iPad, Facebook says Timeline access for its dedicated iPad app is coming soon.

In 4.1, notifications, messages, and requests now load in partial-screen popovers rather than separate full screens. This feature has made it easier and faster to swap to the previously viewed pages. As the loading time of the photos is less, it will make viewing them a less interruptive part of the news feed browsing experience. Facebook has also fixed a most annoying bugs of the app in which a different photo would be accidentally loaded in spite of the other from the same album. Pressing on the Friends button below someone’s Timeline cover, they can be added to one’s friends lists. This feature will be much more useful when one accept a new friend request from mobile and without delay, want to restrict their access to his/her content by putting them in a privacy controlled friend list. But there is no way to edit a friend list directly, though. A Subscribed button on the Timeline also lets you select the types and volume of someone’s posts that you see in the news feed — great for quieting noisy friends. The Android app and mobile site added these features tomorrow.

Source: techcrunch

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