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Facebook for Android update to add dedicated Nearby places app?

When it comes to Facebook for Android updates, we eagerly gobble up each new version as cool things like video uploads and tagging friends in pictures tend to come bundled with each new update.

Some early shots of a new version leaked to Engadget give us a better idea of how the next evolution of Facebook for Android might shape up.

Version 1.8 looks to borrow design cues from the (fairly) recently updated iOS version – no surprises there really, as the Android version of Facebook oft tends to play catch up with it’s Apple equivalent.

What’s really interesting however is the addition of a new and separate app, judging by the ‘Nearby’ icon in the launcher here. Similar to the separate Facebook Messenger app, and the Navigation and Places apps that arrived with Google Maps way back when, this looks to take check in service (the thing that allows you to occasionally get free stuff) right out of the Facebook app ad give it a dedicated application all of its own.

We’d also hope for some cross-app action as we’ve seen on the iPhone app; i.e. the ability to start a round of, say, Words With Friends on desktop Facebook and continue playing on our Android phones.

Facebook had nothing to add regarding “leaks and rumours,” and there was no ETA forthcoming for the next version of Facebook for Android.

Source: Engadget