Facebook redesigns mobile News Feed, triples size of photos

Facebook has rolled out a new version of its mobile News Feed. Photos are now up to three times larger. Since this change is server-side, you don't have to update your Facebook app to enjoy the improvement.

Facebook today launched an improved design for posts in the News Feed across its iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android apps, as well as on its mobile website (m.facebook.com). As part of the update, photos are now up to three times larger. Furthermore, all posts will now fill the screen from edge to edge. Last but not least, multiple photos from an event or album are displayed within the News Feed.

Here's what Facebook had to say about the redesign:

Starting today, we're rolling out an improved design for posts in news feed on your mobile phone. Now photos are up to 3x larger, and all posts will fill your mobile screen from edge to edge. The new design will be available on iOS, Android and m.facebook.com.

In the screenshot above, you can see how the images are significantly larger than what you're used to. If you would like to compare to how this used to look like, check out this image: old mobile News Feed. Sure, they take up more space now, which requires more scrolling, but I think that's a tradeoff most people will be happy to make.

The changes are being pushed server-side, meaning Facebook users will not have to update their apps. The latest versions of the native Facebook app are Facebook for Android version 1.9 and Facebook for iOS version 4.1.1.

Apple iPad users are still waiting on Facebook Timeline support while Android users should have expectations for big improvements. Facebook of course will not share any dates for future app releases.

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