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Facebook App overhaul brings faster performance, better UI, ICS support and more

Today Facebook will be pushing a much needed update for their Android application. It is currently not available yet but should hit the Android Market sometime today according to the official Facebook Blog. They are calling it a faster Facebook for Android and it has tons of new features, improvements to the UI, faster performance, and that all important support for ICS (since the menu button has been missing for Nexi users). Check out these renders on the Galaxy Nexus and the full details below.

Google+ adds Facebook-style Pages for brands and sites

Google+ is quickly maturing into a contender in the social network space, and as Google's social web of choice, it's becoming ever more important to Android users. Today the official Google blog announced the addition of Pages, bringing Google+ even more in line with Facebook by offering brands, sites and, well, anything a way to make a centralized landing zone for all Google+ interactions. The feature is live already, but not everyone can create new pages at the moment.

Games for Google+: Angry Birds and more coming soon

Whoa, out of no where today Google has just announced Games for Google+ and already the first to tip the chart is the all mighty Angry Birds. This is one of the next big steps for Google to integrate another level of socialization into Google+ to better compete with the likes of Facebook. From Angry Birds, Decks of Cards, Diamand Dash and more. These will all be available soon for Google+.

HTC ChaCha [Up Close and Personal]

Both the HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa were announced today at the HTC event here at Mobile World Congress 2011. These devices were two of many devices announced at the event, but certainly they're about the be the most talked about. The one we've got here is the HTC ChaCha, with both its physical Facebook button and nicely spaced QWERTY keyboard it's sure to be a sweet contender in the upcoming 2011 higher-mid-tier smartphone wars of English speaking world.

AT&T Announces Social Gaming Network for Android

AT&T is working to network gamers on the Android platform.  Working with social gaming site "OpenFeint," the new network will not only link Android users, but allow gamers across multiple platforms to compete for high scores while chatting with multiple players.  OpenFeint is a leader in the social gaming with 65 million registered users playing over 4,500 games for both Android and iPhone devices.

HTC adding Facebook button to social networking phone?

HTC is reportedly readying a new Android smartphone with in-depth Facebook integration, expected to make its debut at MWC 2011 next Tuesday. According to the FT's sources, the unnamed smartphone will not be Facebook branded, but will instead have a dedicated Facebook button to act as a shortcut to the social network's services. The rumor follows talk yesterday of an INQ Facebook device, though HTC isn't confirming any of the speculation at this stage. Android Community will be on hand at the HTC press conference next week, so whatever Facebook-flavored loveliness is announced, you know you'll see it here. [via SlashGear]

Android Community Total Revamp Coming Soon!

If you thought this site was great before, wait until you see the big fat changes we've got coming your way in the very near future! We're getting extra pumped up for Mobile World Congress 2011, and that's smack dab in the middle of next month, so our new and improved total Android immersion update will be coming very soon! What will it consist of?

Facebook for Android updated

The Android Facebook app hasn't exactly proved inspiring in comparison to the company's iPhone version, but there are signs that the company is waking up to the popularity of the Google platform.  Overnight the app has been updated, with more in-app functionality rather than kicking users out to the mobile website version in the Android browser. That functionality includes video playback, the ability to view and RSVP for events, respond to friend requests without leaving the app, and an updated home page; the latter gets a draggable notifications drawer, a photo reel for easy viewing of friends' photos and videos, and the ability to post a status update or search for friends with just one click.  Facebook for Android is available in the Android Market. [gallery]
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