The official Facebook for Android has been graced with another update yesterday, this time completely eliminating the much ‘un-welcomed’ “Camera” and “Messenger” shortcuts within the app drawer. Since the apps’ introduction with update version 1.9 on April 20, the app has been subject to much criticisms for potentially misleading users – the icons for both Facebook apps somewhat resembled those of stock Android’s Camera and Messenger apps.
Facebook has attempted to ‘fix’ this issue by adding a small Facebook logo on the respective apps with update 1.9.1 but it appears like yesterday’s update, version 1.9.2, has removed the controversial(?) apps completely.
Latest Facebook app and Amazon Kindle Fire…it works now!
While most Android users have been busy discussing about the latest 1.9.x variations of the official Facebook app, these past couple versions of the app completely handicapped the usability of the app on the Kindle Fire.
Launching the app on the Kindle Fire would just launch Facebook’s “Camera” app instead of the actual app.
While the problem was quickly resolved by launching the app from a 3rd party launcher such as GoLauncher, this workaround…at least for myself, was unacceptable and I found myself looking for an alternative Facebook app such as ‘Fast Facebook‘ and ‘FriendCaster‘.
I’m probably one of the few that actually likes the Facebook Android app so those alternatives were just that – alternatives. I wanted my official Facebook app back…well at least one that I could launch directly from the Amazon stock launcher.
Well if you were on the same boat as myself, rejoice. Version 1.9.2, probably due to its removal of the Camera and Messenger apps completely, now allows us to use the Facebook app directly from the Amazon stock launcher.
Reading through the update notes on Facebook, not many things appear to have been changed since the 1.9.1 update, and while this is true for all other Android users, the 1.9.2 update would surely be appreciated by those enjoying the Facebook app on the Kindle Fire.
You know the drill. To update your Facebook app, simply open your Google Play on your Android device and hit the Update button.
Alternatively, we’ve got the usual Google Play links and QR codes here, so just click or snap the code with your favorite QR reader app.
Just in case you’re interested, here’s the update log of the latest version of the official Facebook app:
What’s in this version:
- Improved performance and various bug fixes
- More messaging features like creating group messages and adding friends to existing group conversations
- Shortcuts to share photos and messages right from your home screen
- 1.9.1: This version also includes updated shortcut icons and additional bug fixes based on user feedback.
- 1.9.2 includes additional bug fixes and removes the camera and messaging shortcuts.