Facebook app redesigned – imitates Instagram
Facebook's mobile applications for Android and iOS have been modified, so that timeline pictures now appear three times larger than before.
Facebook's mobile website, and applications for Android and iOS have been modified, so that timeline pictures now appear three times larger than before.
Facebook recently announced it's decision to acquire Instagram for $1 billion. This transaction has not been made official by the Federal Trade Commission. Nevertheless, it seems that Facebook is already imitating the popular picture sharing application.
Up until now, users scrolling through the Facebook application saw pictures in their newsfeed as thumbnails. To view these pictures in fullscreen, the thumbnails needed to be tapped, and the image loaded in a new window. This arduous process made the application far less streamlined, and difficult to use.
Now that the mobile website and app has been updated on both the Android and iOS platform, there is no need to open a new window to view pictures. Pictures can be seen in the actual newsfeed, 3x bigger than in the previous application.
Before and after – images courtesy of TechCrunch
Newcomers to the Facebook application may not understand what a relief this will be to users. However, good app desginers know that detail is everything. Little things are frequently the difference between a good app, and a bad app. With mobile devices becoming the key way that American users interact with Facebook, it is important that the company maintain the application and keep it easy to use.
This update will make photo albums far easier to navigate, and the mobile experience a far better one.
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