November 14, 2008 | by Robert Nelson
Android may not be getting an “official” Facebook app anytime soon, but that has not stopped a third party from developing a very nice contender. The new app goes by the name of fBook and comes courtesy of Next Mobile Web.
fBook is described as an “Android app that wraps and optimizes the Facebook iPhone website for your Android phone.” Except that fBook does offer a few additional features, and they are pretty impressive. fBook features include the ability to have your G1 ring or vibrate for received messages or status updates and the nice part here is that these updates will come “even when the application is closed.” You can also opt to have the app check automatically at either 5, 10, 15, 30 or 60 minute intervals. Additionally the app adds an SMS button in a user profile, which allows you to send a text with just one click.
So much for Android being an OS that “doesn’t matter,” the automatic checks and updating while in the background is pretty impressive. And to think this is just the first that we have seen, I can only imagine what future updates will be able to add on or further improve.