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[APP][2.1+] Fast for Facebook - New update!

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Hi guys!
My new creation is a fast and slim facebook client called Fast Facebook.
For now is in beta, but I want to build a complete app for a full but fast facebook experience.

Please I need feedbacks, translators and maybe someone deeper involved in the project. I am the only one programmer!

Fast on google play

This is our facebook page Fast on facebook

This is our translation community Fast on
Actual Release 2.8.0

Comment, share and like
Real-time Home feeds
Write new status
Read notifications
Access to news, status, photos, etc etc
Send private messages
Personal Profile
Search friends, people, pages and everything else
Write on friends'wall
Friends Management
Read your private messages
Add Photos
Add locations (check-in)
View Videos
View Galleries
View Members Profiles
Background themes (grey, app theme or photo loaded from your Device)
High security level: Facebook takes care of your user and password, we don't store anything!
Android 4.0 Design
Access to Groups

All feedback are useful and I try to follow every request. Don't put 1 star or judge bad at the first impression. Thank you!
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App permissions and differences with Facebook app.

Android app permissions

  • <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" />
    This is the main permission just to access to internet.
  • <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCAT ION" />
    This is a permission to get your gps position. It's triggered only when you do a checking, I never check the position or have any analytic about where you are.
  • <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.VIBRATE"/>
    For the vibration of the chat
  • <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_ST ATE" />
    I use it to check if your phone is connected or not
  • <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_ST ORAGE" />
    This is used only to store the images and for data caching to save bandwidth.
  • <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CAMERA" />
    This one is triggered only when you open the camera view and take a photo.

Facebook app:
This app has access to these permissions:
  • Your accounts
  • find accounts on the device
  • create accounts and set passwords
  • add or remove accounts
  • Your location
  • precise location (GPS and network-based)
  • approximate location (network-based)
  • Your messages
  • read your text messages (SMS or MMS)
  • Network communication
  • view network connections
  • receive data from Internet
  • full network access
  • change network connectivity
  • download files without notification
  • view Wi-Fi connections
  • connect and disconnect from Wi-Fi
  • Your personal information
  • read calendar events plus confidential information
  • add or modify calendar events and send email to guests without owners' knowledge
  • read your own contact card
  • Phone calls
  • directly call phone numbers
  • read phone status and identity
  • Storage
  • modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
  • System tools
  • install shortcuts
  • test access to protected storage
  • send sticky broadcast
  • read battery statistics
  • Your applications information
  • run at startup
  • retrieve running apps
  • reorder running apps
  • Camera
  • take pictures and videos
  • Other Application UI
  • draw over other apps
  • Microphone
  • record audio
  • Your social information
  • write call log
  • read your contacts
  • modify your contacts
  • read call log
  • Affects battery
  • prevent device from sleeping
  • control vibration
  • Audio settings
  • change your audio settings
  • Status bar
  • expand/collapse status bar
  • Sync Settings
  • toggle sync on and off
  • read sync settings
  • Wallpaper
  • set wallpaper
  • adjust your wallpaper size

Crazy. Just crazy.

Facebook permissions.
Fast asks for a lot of permissions because there is no way to access to your data or write a new object without them. The good thing is that the app does what you want to do and there is no background process that spies or catch your information. There is no analytic or hidden services. At the first installation the app asks if you want to post a status with information about Fast, but you can choose if you want this or not.
This is the list of permissions that Fast can ask you (all are optional, if you need a feature you accept, otherwise you can decide to decline):

So, if you need a client that is triggered only by your actions, Fast it's your choice. The app doesn't have any control on your sms, contacts, phone data and status. It's not connected to any spying web services and there are no logs or personal information that are sent to me. I have no idea who is using Fast, what the user is doing. I just have Facebook data about active monthly user, geographical stats (only countries percentage), language and stats about how many api calls are made + api errors.

Facebook App:
The thing with official app is that you can't decide what permissions you can give to it, because it's official and it can do everything. If you loose your phone and you don't have the proper security level, everyone can do everything on your FB account with the Fb app.
Moreover, you don't know what kind of analytic, hidden services and hidden processes are on the app. You have to give so many android permissions that you literally give the app a full control of your phone.

I know that I am no one, and it's hard to trust, but Fast is here from almost 2 years and people trust my app. You can check the ratings and all the discussion here, I am always open to change the app, follow feedback and fix everything. My motto is to be transparent and always open to accept critics and new ideas.
If someone needs more info, feel free to write here!!

Old changelogs
Fast Build "cops"
•	Updated to the latest Facebookę SDK for android
•	Modified login behavior in order to be in compliance with the Facebookę Policy
•	Fixed comments in notification detail view
•	Improved News Feed parser
•	Fix of some crashes
•	Improved graphics layout
Fast Build "Eldar" 
•	Added photo tagging (for album and “just uploaded” photos)
•	Added new tablet landscape layout
•	Added full private messages history (if you are on top of the message history the old messages are loaded automatically)
•	Added possibility to post a photo directly in a status update
•	Added Friendship request
•	Added custom color background selectable with a color picker
•	Added search bar in sliding menu 
•	Added birthdays in friends list
•	Added button to go to the top of the main feed list if new stories are loaded (it shows also how many new stories are loaded)
•	Added counter of likes in a page
•	Added text description for same action bar buttons
•	Added progress update in webview login
•	Added in sliding menu the profile photo of the actual user 
•	Added confirm to leave status update (tap back too)
•	Updated write on wall feature following the new Face-bookę Rules: 
•	Updated main view action bar
•	Updated languages
•	Updated sliding menu layout
•	Fixed main news feed jump when load new stories
•	Improved chat loadings
•	Improved messaging
•	Improved status update 
•	Added landscape view for security view
•	Removed main news feed update on resume of the app (if you want a refresh just type the refresh button in the action bar or pull to refresh)
Fast  Build "OnOff" 
•	A lot of improvements on memory management
•	A lot of improvements on images show and cache
•	Reduced size of the app from 3.5MB to 2.9MB
•	Fixed notifications red button bug

Fast  Build "wii" 
•	Less ads! Removed ads in detailed news view (free version)
•	Once you tap on a banner you will not see it for 24 hours (free version)
•	Improved chat and private messages layout
•	Improved user-page-group feed list
•	Removed some bugs and crashes

Fast 1.98 Build "logan" 
•	New 3 graphic designs of news feed for both themes 
•	Main news feed accessible offline
•	Changed profile-page-group layout
•	Improved loadings of main news feed and friends list 
•	Improved main news feed scrolling
•	Improved sharing features
•	Improved zoom feature for pictures
•	Improved recommend feature
•	Reduced a lot the flickering on main news feed
•	Polished layout for the action bar 
•	Removed a (rare) crash on exit and other bugs

Fast 1.97 Build "bee" 
- improved news feed management
- improved tutorial
- improved first time login management
- faster and smoother scrolling
- fixed grey theme
- added recommend fast to your friends
 Fast 1.94 Build "Gordon" 
•	New icon design
•	Added endless load of comments (now is possible to scroll down until the last comment)
•	Added splash screen (during the splash Fast starts to load data)
•	Added module to link Fast Notification add-on to Fast for Facebook 
•	Updated Facebook SDK to the latest version
•	Bigger images on tablet layout
•	Improved visualization of photos and pictures in gallery and in save view
•	Added dedicated link and picture link space in status update and user/page/group wall
•	Added preview of the last comments on every posts with less than 20 comments (like Facebook website)
•	Added direct open of Youtube videos trough video preview
•	Added external share
•	Fixed external picture share
•	Fixed external share
•	Fixed page-user gallery
•	Fixed the page - user view
•	Fixed notification open
•	Fixed a bug in friends list
•	Fixed avatar preview
•	Fixed bug in passkey code reset
•	Fixed security lock
•	Fixed layout issues in grey theme and with white font
•	Changed search layout (now is possible to search using keyboard action search)

 Fast 1.9 Build "Lime"  
•New login system
•Added multi user access (up to 6 users)
•Migration to new Facebook SDK 3.0
•Added dynamic list for user online in chat (now when someone enters or lefts the chat, his name will appear or disappear from the online list)
•Added themes for status update view
•Added widget preview 
•Added permissions check when posting something on Facebook
•Friends list completely rewritten, now is blazing fast
•Improved layouts
•Improved connectivity
•Updated all languages

 Fast 1.86 Build "Apple"
•	Added album selection when upload a pic inside the app
•	Added link manager in order to open a link with the chosen external app
•	New action bar
•	Improved album management
•	Fixed YouTube link
•	Fixed crash when resume news reader from background
•	Fixed various bugs and crashes

Fast 1.85 Build “Strawberry”
•	new read view with horizontal swipe and new functionalities 
•	new like system: now is possible to see who liked what
•	new memory management to avoid heap overflow
•	new facebook sdk changes 
•	new big screens layout (5" +) 
•	new comment system for like, share and likes visualization
•	new image download system with notification
•	added autofocus in camera
•	added autoflash in camera 
•	added notifications refresh
•	added messages refresh
•	added Bulgarian language 
•	faster chat access 
•	changed layout in user-page-groups profile ( now is possible to write directly on the timeline)
•	pics in main wall are now tapable
•	changed chat layout
•	now chat show only online and afk users
•	now pictures are in full size in the zoom view
•	updated all languages
•	bug fixes

Fast 1.8 Build “Pineapple”
Change log:
Added photos view for groups
Added save picture feature in album 
Added notification icon type
Added notification time
Added theme in photos album
Added theme to news details view
Added album name in album's view title bar
Notifications view and management completely rewritten
Now all notifications are read if notifications main button is tapped

Improved albums load and management
Improved performance and memory management of images loading
Improved user experience of settings
Improved notification details loading
Updated Turkish, Russian and Portuguese (Brazil)
Fixed settings for main theme
Fixed a lot of crashes and bugs
Fixed home news feed order bug
Fixed private messages notifications number bug

Beta 10 v1.7
Added share post, link and status with picture
Added linkified text in main feed, user feed, chat and comments. Now you can tap on websites, email, phone numbers and locations
Added friends tag in status updates and share news improved loading friends list
Added tutorial 
Added endless load in the page, user and group views
Added description to news details view (better understand what is button for)
Added progress indication to update status view
Added location info in each post (if present)
Added Indonesian, Romanian, Serbian and Thai languages
Added black arrow for pull to refresh in white screen
Added groups notifications
Added load of notifications related to friends lists

Fixed some chat bugs
Fixed private messages that doesn't show in some cases
Fixed private messages layout
Fixed bug "Facebook error" 
Fixed portrait in chat notification
Fixed text dimension in pull to refresh
Fixed notifications list load 
Fixed some search bugs

Improved speed of private message loading
Improved speed of loading notification details

Expanded types of readable private messages 
Expanded limit of viewable photos in each album (from 25 to 100)
Now is possible to delete own post created in fast
Updated all translations of all languages
Search people need a complete name to show a result

Beta 9 v1.6
- Improved connectivity 
- Fixed the bug of sporadic endless loadings
- Profile-page-groups visualizations
- Fixed notifications unread number in main view
- Improved and fixed all share features
- Improved profile-page-groups loading speed
- Added copy text of chat message
- Added icon in chat to hide online-offline people list
- Changed chat layout in order to save space
- Fixed bugs and force close 
- Default theme is now White
- Fixed scale type in photo preview in gallery
- Added indonesian and thai

Beta 8 v1.55
- Fix private messages and chat history
- Added languages:
- General bug fixes and improvements

Beta 7 v1.5
Share with customized privacy options
Review of the sharing content before real sharing
Added Cross Promotion, this is not admob or similar. It's only a PNG! No bandwidth consumption
Front camera bug fixed

Added bookmarks menu for pages and groups
New swipe between news
New layout for share menu and news visualization
Improved chat layout

Added white theme and dark font

Pictures and photos
Higher definition

Beta 6 v1.4
- Optimized loading and connectivity 
- Introduced an advanced cache that automatically loads images and minimizes the internet usage  
Thanks to this system is faster too
- Fixed bugs and problems reported by users
- Ability to delete own comments
- Ability to delete status from your profile 
- Grouped sharing icons on the main screen, by pressing the button "+" the icons appear

- After a report by Facebook, We changed name, icon and graphics 
- Updated some icons
- Introduced a higher quality and larger fonts for TABLETS

Bulletin board:
- Increased the number of news readable in the main screen

- Optimized the loading speed
- Adjusted the position of notifications to avoid overlapping of action bar.

- Introduced optional security system that works every time you close the application. The system allows to open the app only  by inserting pin previously set. The system is optional and enabled / disabled from the settings menu.

- Added the ability to take pictures and to upload your photos immediately. It’s possible to take  
and upload multiple photos at once.

Quick Links:
- Quick link to update own state.

- Introduced 2 widgets for quick access to sharing features (new state, new checkin, new picture taken from camera, new image, new Private Message)

- Update German, Hungarian
- Added turkish, Portuguese, Polish

- Tuned refresh pull down.
- Fixed bug on ICS for the display of text written in Search and Chat
- Slightly increased the size of the friends online list in chat
- Improved  management of notifications
- Introduced the ability to directly open the photo album in case a notification refers to multiple photos
- Introduced a dialog in the case when there are connectivity problems
- Optimized external sharing 
- Optimized photos upload 
- Optimized friends list loading 
- Optimized login / logout
- Increased font size in some sections
- Added donate to support us

Beta 5 v1.36 
New languages:

Improved load of main screen
Bug fixes

Beta 4 v1.3
- Mainscreen:
Increased the number of types of news 
User Photos in the News
News and news in detail horizontal view
Color identification for each type of news
Added Groups (Reading, Comment, Like, Share)
HD Images
PinchToZoom on Pictures and news
Possibility of removing "Likes" by a news

Added  New Chat system
Added list online / offline Friends
Real-time notification in the chat with multiple users simultaneously (no background)
Added search form for Friends in chat
Friends List expandable and reducible
Chat also in horizontal

Optimized scrolling speed of Buddy List
Quick Search form 
Cover photos and friends time line

Login / Logout
Added menu backgrounds
Performance settings added (Ability to change the performance settings and option to free up cache)

-Image Gallery:
Added Albums
Added comments displayed for each image
PinchToZoom on each individual photo

-Private Messages:
List messages with details of the person you contacted
Easy searching of the person that you want to contact
Possibility to send private messages directly from your profile page

Optimized loading speed
Optimized pagination News
Optimized the update rate Notifications
Optimized speed of loading images
Optimized search speed
Fixed all the bugs found
Added possibility to open notifications in Groups
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wish you a good luck i will try it
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Any screenshots?
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Love the holo themed UI!

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Love the Holo theme, but what about data privacy please ?
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Love the Holo theme, but what about data privacy please ?

login is trough a webview directly connected with Facebook (fb dialog), so no data is passed trough the app. The are no analytics such as google, flurry, socialize, etc etc. So the only data I receive is from the developer dashboard of Facebook.

So, all the connections are trough facebook open graph or the xmpp facebook server (using SASL, no md5 with user and password in clear )

Talking about privacy, I will introduce the possibility to use the privacy settings for the sharing of content and update status.

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Will test your app. Works push notification with your App ?

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Will test your app. Works push notification with your App ?

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Not for now... it will be in the next updates
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