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HP tablet to get Facebook app before iPad?

Screenshots obtained by TechCrunch purportedly show an app for the social network running on a WebOS tablet.

Screenshot of a purported Facebook app running on a WebOS tablet. TechCrunch

iPad users have been very patient with Facebook.

They have been begging the social-networking giant for more than a year to release an iPad-native app. And it was reported recently that such an app was in final testing and would likely be released in just a few weeks.

That may still be the case, but now it's conceivable that iPad users may be waiting in line for a tablet app behind owners of the HP TouchPad, according to TechCrunch.

Screenshots published by the tech blog purportedly show the Facebook tablet app running on WebOS. Erick Schonfeld notes that the left-rail navigation bar pops in and out and that the Newsfeed can be viewed in the traditional stream view or a tablet-friendly tile version.

The app looks pretty polished, but there's no word on whether it will be released when HP's long-awaited tablet ships on Friday, as Schonfeld suggests will happen. Facebook's iPad app could still beat it out the door.

Facebook representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment but told Schonfeld later that "this app was not built by Facebook but by HP."

Updated at 8:05 p.m. PT to add Facebook's comment to TechCrunch.