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Improve your Facebook experience on Android with Fast for Facebook

Tired of the slow and buggy Facebook app on your Android device? Try this alternative.

Facebook keeps promising to offer a better experience on its Android app, but a lot of users still find it to be buggy and slow. Because of these complaints, companies like One Louder Apps, makers of TweetCaster and 1Weather, have created a Facebook alternative. A newer choice in this category is Fast for Facebook. This app hosts many of the classic Facebook app features, except faster and more beautifully (Android 4.0) designed.

Step 1: Download a copy of Fast for Facebook on your Android device.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 2: Log in to your Facebook account and then choose experience style you want on the app.
There's an option called Fast for Performance, which loads lower-quality pictures, and Fast for Quality, which uses more bandwidth by not compressing images.

Fast for Facebook with gray theme. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 3: Select a theme you like.
Tap the upper left-hand corner menu button and choose Settings. You'll see an option for Theme. The neat thing about this app is that you can choose the gray or white backgrounds, but you can also use one of your own pictures.

Fast for Facebook white theme. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

That's all you need to do. And if you're wondering about all of the features offered by Fast for Facebook, here's a list from the developer, Team2Soft:


Comment, share and like

Real-time Home feeds with cached images (low bandwidth utilization!)

Write new status

Read notifications


Share contents from other android apps

Access to news, status, photos, links, videos, ...

Search friends, people, pages and everything else

Write on friends' wall

Access to Groups and Pages

Read your private messages

Add and take Photos

Continuous photo upload trough camera

Add locations (check-in)

Widget and quick link

View Albums and Galleries

Optional Security pin against snoopy

Background themes (gray, app theme or photo loaded from your Device)

High security level: Facebook takes care of your user and password, we don't store anything!

Android 4.0 Design

You'll notice that the app looks very different from the Facebook you're accustomed to. This might be good or bad depending on your taste, but if you like Android 4.0 design style, it's sure to please. One major missing feature in this app is push notifications. However, since it's in beta, there's still a chance this option will make it into a future release. What's your Facebook app of choice on Android?