Facebook Timeline goes mobile, starting with Google Android

Facebook Timeline goes mobile, starting with Google Android

Summary: Facebook has rolled out its new Timeline profile to its mobile website and Google's Android platform. The company did not say what mobile OS it will support next.

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Not only has Facebook rolled out Timeline on the desktop today, but the company has pushed it out on the mobile side too. The social networking giant has rolled it out on two platforms: its mobile website and Google's Android.

The mobile Timeline available at m.facebook.com only works with touch devices. That means all feature phones, and some smartphones will still use the old mobile website.

As for Android, you'll need to get the latest version. Facebook for Android 1.8 was released just last week, but this isn't good enough. Facebook pushed out an update today, which appears to only add the mobile timeline: version 1.8.1. You can get it now from the Android Market.

Just like Timeline in a desktop browser, mobile timeline first shows you your cover photo. As you scroll down, you'll see your posts, photos, and events as they happened, back to the day you were born.

There is one major difference: swiping. Photo albums and other posts are horizontally swipeable, as are the views at the top of your timeline to navigate to your map, photos, subscribers, and so on. This means you can quickly view various types of content without actually leaving your Timeline.

Overall, the stories have been made more visual. The photos you share are bigger. The friends you're with and places you visit appear on a map. It takes a while to get used to, as it's very different from the old profile.

You cannot actually modify anything on the mobile version of Timeline. You'll have to log into Facebook from a desktop browser to make changes.

It's interesting that Facebook chose to launch on Android instead of iOS for Timeline. For the Facebook Platform, the company did the opposite: iOS first and Android second.

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Topics: Social Enterprise, Browser, Mobility, Software Development

Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years,
he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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