Facebook released new versions of its flagship applications for iOS and Android Wednesday, with the iOS app adding some unannounced tweaks to its recently introduced opt-in Nearby Friends feature, while the major addition to the Android app was the ability for users to like posts, photos, and pages while they are offline.
The “what’s new” section of Facebook’s entry in the iTunes App Store only indicates “improvements for reliability and speed,” but the social network confirmed to Josh Constine of TechCrunch that it added a search box and invite button to Nearby Friends, adding that these tweaks were not listed because Nearby Friends is only available in the U.S.
The search box sits atop the Nearby Friends screen, while the less obvious ability to invite friends is accessible via the plus sign in the top-right-hand corner.
On the Android side, in addition to the previously mentioned offline likes feature, the “what’s new” section in Google Play adds:
- Remove tags you’ve created.
- Remove tags of yourself that your friends have created.
- Turn post notifications on and off.
- Improvements for speed and reliability.
iOS and Android users: Have you updated your apps yet? What do you think?