Earlier this month, Facebook updated its iPhone/iPod touch app and included ambiguous words “improved news feed,” in describing the update. Now, Inside Facebook has figured out what those words really mean: fewer software updates.
It has been determined that Facebook’s iPhone app uses feeds directly from the mobile website m.facebook.com. Because of this, new app changes will come on the backend and not require an app update.
According to Inside Facebook:
Previously, the Facebook for iPhone app pulled the news feed directly from Facebook private native app APIs. Now the only discernible difference between the news feeds on Facebook for iPhone and m.facebook.com is that the Like and comment buttons rendered by the iPhone app when users hit the ‘+’ button to leave feedback on a story are a little slicker looking.
This is great news for Facebook subscribers, who won’t have to update their iPhone app as often. And, less updating means more time to add information to our Facebook walls.
The free Facebook app is available in the App Store.
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[Photo: Inside Facebook]