April 22, 2012

FriendCaster, a better Facebook app for Android

Looking through the comments on the Google Play Store for the official Facebook app, you're likely to come across quite a few complaints. These will range from "loads way too slow," to "app crashes often," and finally "crashes phone." Unfortunately, comments like these have persisted throughout the last few versions of the app. That's why other apps exist to help you connect and share with friends on Facebook.

FriendCaster is a newly remodeled app that does everything the official app does and then some. You might wonder why to use an app at all if you can just use the Facebook Web site. Well, just give FriendCaster a try before writing it off. Here are some tips and highlights to get started:

First you'll want to grab a copy of FriendCaster for your Android device (there's also an iOS version available).

When first opening the app, you'll need to sign in to your Facebook account. After signing in, FriendCaster will walk you through the setup. This is where you will choose if you'd like to receive push notifications, and set a color theme for the app.

Newsfeed and Wall tabs will look very similar to the official Facebook app. These tabs, along with the Album tab, will load very quickly in FriendCaster.

New Posts and Check-ins happen in a pop-up window within the app. This makes it easy to focus on what you're sharing without the page scrolling up or down.
Finally, the push notifications in this app are superhandy for noticing messages and birthdays. And if you're interested in checking out the best apps for tablets, take a look at Ed Rhee's post titled three better ways to Facebook on Android tablets.


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