Facebook Home finally gets folders in Android beta release

A Home improvement corrects for a major oversight and lets Android users organize their apps.

Facebook's latest Home improvement is folders, a feature introduced through the Facebook for Android beta. Screenshot by Jennifer Van Grove/CNET

Facebook is slowly but surely improving its Home suite of software to better meet the needs of its Android audience. Thursday, the social network released a new beta version of Facebook for Android that finally includes the addition of application folders.

Facebook for Android 3.4, just released to the company's brand-new group of Android beta testers , includes the Home improvement and allows users of the package to organize applications into folders.

To create a folder, users just drag one app on top of another. Folders can be named and added to a person's application drawer for even faster access, if desired.

The beta release supplements Home's application drawer , added earlier this month, and corrects for a major oversight in the initial release of Home, which has been downloaded more than 1 million times, or by around a tenth of a percent of Facebook's 1.11 billion members. Home has been widely criticized by people who feel that the Android software package takes over their phone too aggressively.

With Thursday's update, Facebook for Android beta testers get the ability to share News Feed stories in private messages, and can now swipe left or right to open chat and bookmarks. Beta application users can now also store the Facebook app on their phone's SD card if running Android 2.3.7 or lower.

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