Facebook is definitely the most popular social media platform and we love use it via our desktop computers and mobile phones. Most of us have it the Facebook app for Android installed on our devices. Everything was fine so far, but things are now going to be a little twisted as the Facebook for Android is prompting users to download an update to a new build (141046) of its app without going through the official Google Play Store app.

The Facebook app on your phone downloads the update automatically and then beeps or vibrates incessantly until you install the update. The only other way to get rid of this is to uninstall the app altogether. We heard of this issue a few days ago but it came to our notice just yesterday when Eric Hobart, one of our writers at the blog complained that he was getting force close error with the Google Play Store app on his Verizon Galaxy S3. After much probe he finally managed to fix this problem. You will be surprised to know that he was not able to use the Play Store app because something he was constantly getting update notice from Facebook and when he tapped it it directly took hip the Facebook app. Being annoyed,  he uninstalled the app and thus coincidentally fixed the Play Store FC error.

Many users are receiving a persistent notification letting them know that an update is ready, and on clicking the notification are taken directly to the Facebook app to download the new version. Frankly speaking, receiving an automatic app update is not that big a concern but nobody likes his phone to keep beeping an vibrating till you do not listen to its request. It’s is so irritating. I hate my Facebook app for that.


If you download the latest version of the Facebook for Android App, you can clearly see, while installing it, a new silent guest that says “download files without notification.”

Facebook product manager, Srinivasan Raghwan, clarifies things as follows:

We’re working quickly to improve Facebook for Android and want to make sure everyone is using the best version of our app. You’ll experience these updates when you are on Wi-Fi, and they won’t rely on your data plan.

We do not know what made Facebook feel that Google’s Play Store which normally prompts users with notifications whenever an update is available was not good enough.Whatever it is, we do not think it is a good move. Well, an update is always welcome but an imposed update, NO! What do you say?

via: The Verge


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