By Stephen Schenck | December 7, 2011 4:34 PM
Yesterday we heard some rumors about forthcoming changes to Facebook’s app for Android devices. Today, the site has announced the new version, with an updated user interface and enhanced photo support.
While the app’s not in the Android market just yet, according to Facebook it should be there quite soon. The company’s statement hasn’t confirmed everything we’d heard about these potential changes, like the possibility of an external app for doing check-ins, but those absent details should reveal themselves once the app hits the Market.
The big change with this release is in menu structure and organization. If you were ever frustrated by how clumsy navigation through the existing app felt, the new menu bar may this updated app’s saving grace. Access to all the major areas of the app is available through this left-hand menu bar. Reorganization also visits the app’s notification system, moving those alerts and new messages up to the top of the screen.
An overhaul to the app’s photo features results in what’s supposed to be a much faster, quicker-to-navigate experience. Enhancements to photo controls should also make tagging, editing, and checking out comments more convenient than ever.
Look for the new Facebook for Android to arrive at the Android Market any moment now; hopefully we’ll see it by the end of the day.