Here’s what’s new…

Here comes another status update!

Things have been crazy with the app development but fear not, things are looking very good. A lot of bugs have been ironed out and a lot of the framework has been recoded to work faster and use less memory. With a standard wi-fi connection a friend list of 580 friends loads in 2-4 seconds.

Mentioning loading, it is important to mention that the app caches most of your actions unless you explicitly ask it to refresh. For example, if you retrieve a feed snapshot and you move on to something else, when you come back to the feed, it will load instantly so you don’t have to wait. To retrieve new data, just hit the ‘MENU’ button and ‘REFRESH’. Same thing applies to your friends list. If it loads, it will be available to you for the rest of your session, unless you quit the whole app.

On to the next feature. Notifications! A very important feature on facebook and a must-have in a mobile app. People always want to know about upcoming events they are invited, today’s birthdays and also if new comments were posted to their posts. The first version will support all three types of notifications. Your notifications will load instantly upon login. From there, you can instantly RSVP or view a persons profile to wish them happy birthday. You can see some screenshots below.

I have also done a lot of work on the photos and albums section. When you first ask to see your photos, or someone elses photos, you will be shown all the albums. The first album you will always see is “All Photos” which includes photos a user has been tagged by others (just like on facebook photos (the top part)). To move to the next page, you fling to the left or to the right. You do not have to wait for the next page to load before you move on to the next. You can keep flinging to the requested page. For the popular people that have at least 300+ pictures I have implemented a long press anywhere on the window that shows a “Page Jump” dialog. Type in the number you want to go (or guess?) and hopefully you will find what you are looking for. Future versions will implement filtering and searching of photos.

Quite a few people asked me to go directly to the feed instead of the home page. This is now implemented in the preferences menu. If you enable this, after you start the application it will instantly go to the feed for you.

Before I log out, what about the release date? Considering the progress lately, I think the first version will be available at the end of June or beginning of July. There is always room for improvement and considering the nature of the app a lot needs to be done to ensure that you enjoy it and I am trying to hard for this!

As always, do not forget to join our Facebook group, and also become a fan of the just-opened to the public Application page!

26 Responses to Here’s what’s new…

  1. scoopman says:

    you are torturing us man🙂

    When can we get our paws on this to test for you??????

  2. Maff says:

    really looking forward to this!

    “Quite a few people asked me to go directly to the feed instead of the home page.”
    how many people do you have testing it?

  3. Alex0680 says:

    You are doing an amazing work. Congratulations. I’m exciting to use this app. It will be create.

    Thanks for your work.

  4. matt says:

    classsssss

  5. Bryan says:

    Looking great! This is gonna be fab.

  6. Jameel says:

    I love the fact that you’re incorporating events and birthdays. Those two features are noticeably lacking from the iPhone facebook app. (I’m a recent android convert). This is going to be really great. Can’t wait for a release

  7. Chris says:

    Looks great!

  8. EGQGuy says:

    Is this app currently available anywhere? And how can help?

  9. Niko says:

    This looks great. Good luck with the development

  10. philip says:

    I would like to see my facebook notifications appear in my phone notifications, i havnt found any other facebook software that can do this, for instance so that when someone writes on my wall on facebook, a notification comes up on my phone, like when i recieve a text message

    this app looks great though, cant wait to be able to download it

  11. Mike says:

    Hey! I just saw this, and had to comment! Wow!!! Finally someone takes the initiative and does something! I desperately need-ed a facebook app… and now you are teasing us with this! Its looking great and I hope you release it… super soon! I need to get away from the ugly m.facebook.com, all the iPhone users are laughing! lol

    keep it up and cant wait!

  12. Maff says:

    OMG, I used the Blackberry app for the first time over the weekend on my wifes phone and the new 1.6 version last night, it was terrible compared to what this looks like it will do, and that has 6 million active users a month!!!!

  13. Brian says:

    Looks really good man. I can’t wait to test drive it.

  14. Brian Smith says:

    Why not go ahead and start up a version control with say http:/w//www.github.com/ or something so you can have some assistance with the development?

    I would love to beta test, give feedback and assist in the development of this app. I have written a few android apps for company and personal use as well as some FBAPI stuff.

    Regards

  15. david de leon says:

    you are doing the lords work my friend, i can not wait to download this into my g1 if you need testers let me know i’ll gladly do it, as many of us here would. just give us a time frame of when we can expect this on the market. again..great job and many many thanks.

  16. GW says:

    @ David, he says he hopes to have a release in late June or early July. Cool beans, huh?🙂 I know I sure can’t wait!

    • david de leon says:

      that is great cus i am avoiding everyother app for facebook now that i read about this new app. fbook was ok but its still the same old concept as the others…ill just sit here and wait.lol

  17. lemon says:

    Hope this comes out soon! keep up the good work!

  18. Sam Leung says:

    Keep up the awesome work you’re doing. Everything is very well thought out from just having a quick read over your blog.
    I’m ever so eiger for your App to hit the Market.

    You’ve probably already sorted something for this but, is it easy to implement a feature as follows.
    – Upon RSVP to Event, prompt to Add to Google Calendar?
    I think it wouldn’t be too hard. FBcal seems to do a similar thing by sync’ing all your Friends Birthdays to a Google Calendar.
    Just a thought though. Gonna be the best app EVER either way.
    😉

  19. Vince says:

    This app looks like it will FAR trump the iPhone version. Keep up the good work, and if you need beta testers, let me know!

  20. Colin Small says:

    Dimitris,

    Thank you for your hard work and efforts. I can’t wait to see what you have come up with.

    Your timing may be perfect as well if you are considering end of June or July as I hear there are a good number of Android devices coming out.

  21. meedabyte says:

    I really look forward to see this app out!

  22. Dave says:

    First, kudos on writing the app it looks awesome! I noticed you mentioned caching some actions; will that be cached to the phone, or the SD card, or maybe an option to choose?

    Thanks!

    • Dimitris says:

      Dave,

      The caching happens to the phones memory and does not use the SD card. The cache lives only until the application is terminated either by you or by the operating system (if it needs resources).

      Hope that helps and thanks!

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