August 6, 2010 | by Lars Aronsson
Earlier this week, Facebook for Android got a much needed update to version 1.3. The interface received a major overhaul, and events, messages and requests were finally handled from the app itself, without redirecting you to the website.
The release had a quite nasty little bug, though: if you used the app’s background updates, it would prevent your phone from going into sleep mode, even when your screen was turned off, eating up the battery like there was no tomorrow. Since the new version of the Facebook app for many people coincided with getting the Froyo update, some users actually thought Google was to blame. However, Facebook officially acknowledged the bug on its Facebook for Android page yesterday:
“Hi folks, a number of you have commented on seeing a battery drain on your device since installing the new Facebook for Android app. We have identified the bug that is causing this battery drain and are working on a fix now. As soon as the patch is ready, we will push out an update. Thanks for the quick feedback and for your patience as we get this fixed!”
When I turned on my phone this morning, Facebook for Android automatically updated itself to version 1.3.1 – kudos to the company for releasing a quick bug patch. Although we have yet to confirm that the update actually takes care of the battery drain issue, it would be very surprising if it didn’t.