Facebook’s Android Update Gives Users More Robust Use Of Mobile Share Button

Facebook released an update to its Facebook for Android application Friday, with two features not yet seen on the native iOS app. On Android, Facebook is now allowing users to share links outside of their own timelines — a feature unique to Android devices. Facebook also added voice messaging, which previously was only on Messenger. Photos should load faster, as well.

Previously on mobile devices, Facebook users could only use the share button to post stories to their own profiles. With Android’s newest update, released Friday, mobile users can share stories to friends’ timelines, groups, or their pages.

When users click the share button on posts, a prompt appears at the bottom-left corner of the screen, similar to the desktop option with regard to share. When users click on the text that reads “On your own timeline,” they can then choose if they just want to share it regularly, with one friend, in a group post, or on their pages. The only difference between mobile sharing for Android and sharing on the desktop version is that you can’t share links in private messages.

This is a feature that is not yet on the Facebook for iOS app.

Facebook also gave Android users voice messaging, previously only available on the Messenger app for both platforms. The native iOS app does not have voice messaging yet. This is one of the rare updates where Facebook added features for Android first. Usually, new features are rolled out on iOS first and Android later.

The latest update is available now in the Google Play store.

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