With more than 10,000 different Android devices being used to access Facebook by some 500 million users, how does the social network ensure that those users are getting the best experience on their devices? Not by the version of Android’s operating system, product manager Chris Marra and software engineer Daniel Weaver explained in a post on the Facebook engineering blog, but by what they referred to as year class.
The second application from Facebook Creative Labs, Slingshot, was officially released Tuesday after a brief cameo last week, and what is being billed as the social network’s answer to Snapchat is available for iPhones running iOS 7 via the iTunes App Store, and for Android devices running Jelly Bean and KitKat via Google Play.
One of the oft-expressed complaints about Facebook involves its traditional process of staggering the rollouts of new products, such as Graph Search and its redesigned News Feed. However, users who access the social network via Android devices can now access the latest versions of the flagship Facebook application prior to their release to the general public thanks to Thursday’s launch of the Facebook for Android beta-testing program.