Facebook close to launch of native Android app -- report

The company is reportedly in the final stages of testing a new Android app that moves away from the HTML5 approach of its current version.

Facebook for Android.
Facebook for Android. Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

Facebook is slowly but surely getting closer to launching a native Android application, a new report claims.

The company has finally hit the final stages of testing its Android application, Engadget reports today. Once that testing is complete, Facebook will waste little time in launching the application, according to the report.

Facebook currently offers a free application to Android users. However, that program is built with HTML5. In a recent discussion on Facebook's mobile efforts, the company's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg admitted that the HTML5 app was a mistake and promised a native app for Android users.

Many reviewers, including those at CNET, considered Facebook's latest native iOS app a vast improvement over its previous HTML5 incarnation .

CNET has contacted Facebook for comment on the Engadget report. We will update this story when we have more information.

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