But that’s likely to be a short-lived satisfaction, given confirmed news reports this week that Facebook will eventually remove chat from its mobile apps and force users who want to keep in instant contact with Facebook friends to download the Messenger app.
The current update, available now in the Google Play store, isn’t remarkable different than the old version. Facebook’s very limited release notes say improvements have been made to reliability and speed.
The app adds the ability to swipe to navigate between your News Feed, friend requests, messages, notifications and the information available on the left sidebar of the desktop version (groups, page favorites, Facebook apps and so on).
There’s also a new Search button — though I remember having one in the former app and it’s not clear how this one’s different.
Early reviews in the Play Store have been rough…