Facebook has released version 5.1 of their iPhone app. This release focuses on improving the mobile chat experience for users. According to the update:
Now it’s easier to chat with your friends and share multiple photos.
- Swipe left anywhere in the app to quickly see who’s available and send a message.
- Add friends you message most to the top of your Favorites.
- Share multiple photos fast.
- Give real gifts to your friends using Facebook Gifts.
- When sending messages, see who’s active so you and your friends know how soon to expect a reply
While the version may be 5.1, it would be more accurate to refer to it as 1.1 since Facebook completely scrapped and re-wrote the app earlier this year. The previous version was based on HTML5 and performance was so poor, Facebook had little choice but to release a completely different version using the iOS platform instead. Now, performance is better and Facebook is able to concentrate on more advanced improvements like this one.
To download the update, click here [iTunes link].
What do you think? Do you use Facebook Chat on your mobile device?