The endless saga of the slightly shabby Android Facebook app ought to be brought to an end today, with Facebook claiming its all new “native” app should finally put complaints about the social network’s underwhelming Android presence to bed.
Here’s a snippet from Facebook’s pre-launch grounder on the new Android app, which will arrive later today under the 2.0 version number:
To support the unique complexity of Facebook stories across devices, we’re moving from a hybrid native/webview to pure native code, allowing us to optimize the Facebook experience for faster loading, new user interfaces, disk cache, and so on.
We rebuilt several of Facebook for Android’s core features in native code, including news feed and Timeline, to create a faster experience whether you’re opening the app, looking at photos, or interacting with friends. Now, you can comment and like a story more quickly, and photo loading is optimized to be much faster. We also built a new, automatically updated story banner to bubble up the newest stories, no matter where you are in news feed.
The version of Android Facebook up on Google Play right now was last updated on December 6th, so this all-new v2.0 build hasn’t yet appeared. It might be a late and exciting night for sociable people.