Fast Facebook is a new Facebook application for Android. The application is mainly aimed at power users who want every option available to them without the need for it to be easy to use, however great when you learn how to use it.
The login process is simple, yet it needs a bit more work on it and the application seems to have a thing about using long intermediate progress bars like they’re some hip craze:
The main interface is a little confusing, however it is half in a ICS-kinda look with an Action Bar, however the actual interface is not following the Android design guidelines at all. You cannot tell which post is which at all, nor is it clear which post has that many likes. Plus, the Action Bar is icon-only meaning you have to learn what every icon is before you can do anything.
However, if you are a it of an Android/Facebook geek, you will understand what most of the icons mean like the pin means that you want to check in, the envelope for messages and the world for notifications. One thing about a lot of these icons, is tapping them doesn’t open up a new activity, but instead shows what you were after in a little popup like this for my messages:
Which as you can see it does help with indicators, except the bubbles need more work but it’s getting there in a fashion. The same thing shows up for Notifications. Moving back to the messaging, the Fast Facebook app appears to let you actually send messages to people which technically the app is not allowed to do, but cheats by using Facebook Chat which if Facebook catch them using this, then it may have to change, but don’t think that sending messages is any easier:
Which as you can see, it does look very complex and difficult to use. Photos are sort-of easy to use, however you can tell the developers have cheated by using Webkit for the photo zooming and even that doesn’t work very well.
Fast Facebook is quite fully-featured and has some great ideas behind it, however the developers need to have a long look at the Android design guidelines and re-design it to work well with them. Very good potential though and a good one to watch as we really need more Facebook apps to step up competition!