Ohai thurrr.

I have a few choice words for you.

Bloo for Android.

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When first starting up the Android software it asks for your Facebook stuff to do two things; 1) Sync contacts to Facebook (which is actually quite nice, not gonna lie) and 2) Automatically download the Facebook for Android app to your phone. There’s a big problem with this… that app is terrible. Notifications do not work properly, sometimes it tells you random errors, it is a big mess of an app. This is where Bloo steps in to save the day! Bloo runs in the back round of your phone (while also using very little battery life) and tells you notifications as they happen and usually they come late like a minute later than they would on the browser, but they still happen. The Facebook for Android app… does not do any of this as far as I know. This app just  over powers the hell out of the original app.

When looking at all the other apps on the Market for Facebook you will see a ton of 1-3 starred apps and that is because people want more than what those apps had to have been offering. I know there is one app called Facebook Touch which should be 4 stars still, and all it was was a bookmark that takes you to the touch webpage version of Facebook. That is not a bad app at all, minus the fact it is not an app. Anyways, back to Bloo. The developer is very open about what he is doing with Bloo, and very quick to update and fix any problems. He has a blog on WordPress, and here it is http://fbandroid.wordpress.com/. The first couple updates talk about adding a chat function to Bloo. This is the best idea ever. I am tired of using battery killing apps such as Aim for Android, eBuddy, Meebo, etc. to use Facebook chat on the go. Bloo already does a fantastic job at not killing my battery, so I can only hope that an added chat function can do the same thing with my battery. To not download this FREE APP would be a heinous act against yourself if you are still using Facebook for Android.

Pros:

  • Lightweight on the phone’s memory
  • Lightweight on the phone’s battery
  • So much better than the stock app
  • Chat support on the way
  • Almost instant notifications

Cons:

  • Loading can be slow at times
  • No chat function yet
  • No widget, it would be great to get a widget to update a status on the go on your home screen instead of having to open the app up every time to update.

Android Markets verdict: 4 out of 5 stars.

My verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Written by omfgwtflawl

April 20, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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