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Facebook for Android Will Go Native Soon

It feels like a lifetime ago when Facebook decided to build its mobile apps around a Web view. The idea was to keep the user interface consistent across all devices, and to allow Facebook to push changes out faster. Unfortunately, building a mobile app that just loaded a Web app wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Facebook’s mobile apps were slow, and many users — myself included — complained quite vocally about how bad an experience Facebook’s apps were.

A bit of relief came back in August, when Facebook re-launched its iOS app; a native app, built from the ground up for the iPhone and iPad. In fact, the move to native code was so good that Facebook 5.0 made our best of 2012 iOS apps list.  And good news for Android users, that same relief will soon come to Android.

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