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Facebook launches updated Android app with refined UI, side-menu, and performance improvements

Facebook has just started rolling out an updated version of their Android app with a bunch of new features and performance enhancements. If you don’t see it in the Android Market just yet, it should be popping up here any second. Among the new features is a refined UI for easier sharing of photos, viewing comments, and editing captions, as well as a new left-hand side menu (much like the latest iOS app) that lets you quickly access your News Feed, Groups, apps etc. Your messages and notifications are also now displayed at the top of the screen, allowing you to respond and view updates without leaving the current page. When it comes to performance improvements– Facebook says photos and albums are “up to two times faster” than the previous app.

When the app eventually goes live at some point today, you’ll be able to grab it from the market here.

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Jordan writes about all things Apple as Senior Editor of 9to5Mac, & contributes to 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, & He also co-authors 9to5Mac’s weekly Logic Pros series and makes music as one half of Toronto-based Makamachine.