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djcsurf

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I just tried latest test version 2763, working well but still shows 'suggested' posts.
I hope this could be looked at in future test / release builds.
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I have an issue with News Feed with the latest version of Frost. The latest few posts in my feed just keep repeating themselves endlessly when I scroll down. I deleted the cache and data, logged in again but nothing changed. For what it's worth, I'm using Xiaomi 9T Pro with Android 10 and MIUI 11.0.6.0. Has anyone else run into a similar issue?

This is likely not a problem with Frost. Facebook does duplicate content sometimes, so you can verify in your browser. For the most part, I don't think deleting cache/data will fix many problems, given how little Frost handles content. You can use it as often as you tend to clear cache/data for your browser.

Getting suggested for you posts now showing in app

Will take a look. Probably a site change

I've been having an issue with the pop-up of friends when typing in comment boxes. It seems to respond once I hit the third or fourth letter but the pop-up is all the same color as the background. It works correctly when I start a new post from scratch however.

Will take a look

I have tried blocking "Nametests" posts and it keeps returning. I see it blocked in settings but still see it in the Newfeed. So am l missing a step to block this?

Blocking is currently only for notifications. Nothing is filtered in newsfeed.

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Feel free to post any other concerns here or on github. I've been away for this project for some time, but I'm hoping to provide some much needed updates this Friday. The other priority for me is adding friend request notifications, as I know that isn't super visible. It used to send a notification as well for requests, but now it doesn't.
 

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Could I suggest one request to consider, to have pictures fill the width of the screen. I previously used another FB wrapper that did this and imo improved the look of the news feed. It also benefits in that the pictures are clearer to see so there isn't so much of a need to enlarge to view. Just my opinion, obviously your decision. Look forward to next update.
 
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If your referring to the large images, I just tried the other app and didn't have any issues. It has switchable option in settings to have wide images.
When someone posts several pics in a topic you see the initial 3-4 pics as a montage standard size but once clicked they display wide screen fine.
 

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If your referring to the large images, I just tried the other app and didn't have any issues. It has switchable option in settings to have wide images.
When someone posts several pics in a topic you see the initial 3-4 pics as a montage standard size but once clicked they display wide screen fine.

How does it work for albums? Each photo has specific dimensions so we can't arbitrarily remove the constraints.


Didn't read the whole thing, but that's what I expect. The new build fixes it within the newsfeed but haven't verified with the full image page yet
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Submitted a new build v2.4.5, which should be available on F-Droid in a few days
 
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So far working great with full size images, thank you. The only minor thing now is I still get 'suggested for you' post. Is it possible to block these?
 

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no margins images is what I requested a long time ago. It was his waste of space, now I can back to frost. But... Still full width not working in multiple images. 1 image from Frost, 2 from other wrapper where it works correctly Screenshot_20200526-172925.jpgScreenshot_20200526-172948.jpg

Wysłane z mojego GM1913 przy użyciu Tapatalka
 

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no margins images is what I requested a long time ago. It was his waste of space, now I can back to frost. But... Still full width not working in multiple images. 1 image from Frost, 2 from other wrapper where it works correctlyView attachment 5027105View attachment 5027103

Wysłane z mojego GM1913 przy użyciu Tapatalka

It is non trivial to change those sizes as the content will not wrap properly. For single image html it's a matter of removing the sizing restrictions

One more issue: when text scale set to... for example 130%, second line of text is truncatedView attachment 5027285

Wysłane z mojego GM1913 przy użyciu Tapatalka

That probably can't be fixed on my end with ease. Facebook has a lot of hardcoded sizes which I will not be modifying
 

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Love this app. But it would be nice if it had these features
1. Option to select default video quality like we have on youtube vanced
2. Option to open/link messenger app from frost
& facing this issue
1. I can't fullscreen video if i turn off pip
 
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    Welcome to Frost for Facebook!

    Notice on Play Store removal

    Main web page

    Downloads through Github

    Frost for Facebook is also available through F-Droid

    Frost is a fully themable, fully functional alternative to the official Facebook app.
    While being a web wrapper, Frost contains many unique and native features such as:

    True multi user interactions - More than just an option in a settings menu, Frost's account switcher is right in the drawer. You are one tap away from switching accounts, and everything refreshes on the switch so that you can view other accounts instantaneously. Furthermore, the notification service will fetch notifications from all accounts, and will let you know which account has the new notification.
    Better multitasking - Frost contains an overlaying web browser that can be drawn on top of your foreground task. Open links and notifications with a full screen view, then swipe away to get back to your previous task.
    Contextual awareness - Frost integrates additional features via long presses. Need to copy a block of text or share a link? Long press the text. Need to zoom into an image or download it? Long press the image!
    Material Design - Built for lollipop and up, Frost focuses strongly on a beautiful and functional UI, and embraces material transitions and dimensions.
    Complete theme engine - Frost contains very comprehensive themes that customize all components of the app. Frost is also the only app to support transparent themes.
    Fully opened - Nothing speaks for privacy more than being open sourced. Frost is proud to be one of those apps, and can be found on github (Link in the app's about section)
    Fixes the little things - Frost is community driven, and many tweaks are added to address minor inconveniences and give a full native experience, despite being a web app. To list a few:
       • Focusing on a text input will prevent refreshing, so you don't accidentally swipe and lose your progress.
       • Horizontal swipe can be enabled along side the viewpager swipe with a simple long press
       • Automatic bug reports are sent when a crash is detected, so even if you don't contact the devs, you are helping contribute by using the app.

    Mandatory permissions used and why:

    • Internet, Network State, Wifi State - Frost fetches the pages from Facebook's mobile website. It also needs the network state so as to limit internet usage when you are on a metered network.
    • Receive Boot Completed - Frost notifications persist on reboot, and need this permission to be added each time.
    • Vibrate - Needed to vibrate phone for notifications; this can be toggled in the settings
    • Billing - For purchasing pro and unlocking all of Frost's features

    Optional permissions used and why:
    (these are only requested when they have to be, and are disabled until then)

    • Read/write external storage - Needed to upload photos in a new status and save photos when prompted
    • Fine/coarse location - Needed for the check in option if users wish to search for their location

    • That's it! No privacy intrusion and no extra demands.

    Permissions NOT used and why:

    • Wakelock - Frost takes advantage of Android's Job Scheduler, and lets the framework decide when to run background services. Frost therefore doesn't need to constantly run in the background, nor does it force your phone to stay awake.
    • Retrieve running apps - Frost has no need to access external apps or see what else is running
    • Identity - Frost manages its accounts internally and uses it solely to give you access to your account. We don't depend on other personal information and we don't even save your email.
    • Camera - While the camera permission can be added to allow you to directly take photos and upload them, we've decided that it would be best to allow you to do so externally and then share the photo with Frost

    * Frost is a third party app and is in no way affiliated with Facebook Inc.*
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    Hey all,

    As you have noticed, Frost has unfortunately been pulled down from the play store due to violations of forwarding traffic to a particular site (m.facebook.com). I'm not sure if this was picked up by the Google team themselves, or if an opposing app decided to flag me for this reason. It is pretty upsetting that only I have been flagged, but either way, it seems quite unlikely that it will go back again. I considered filing a request to address this, but I feel like it would be a never ending battle, and frankly not worth my time.

    The good news is that the app is fully open source, and that I have an apk source you can download from:
    https://github.com/AllanWang/Frost-for-Facebook-APK-Builder/releases/tag/v1885

    The version above is the latest release as of this date.

    The bad news is that pro will no longer work, since it isn't bound to the play store. For existing users, it should be just fine, so long as Google continues to honour the payments.

    So what is going to happen with Frost? As of now I'm not sure. I'm a full time university student and I haven't been able to devote as much time to Frost compared to the summer, but it's not a project I plan on ditching soon. I still use the app myself, and Facebook is a relatively important means of communication. For now, the most likely route seems to be a main release to F-Droid. This will mean that I have to remove crashlytics, the bug tracking (closed source) library, but it may also mean that I will go fully FOSS and release everything for free with donation options.

    Given that Frost has become quite mature, and continues to live on Google Play for those who have downloaded it, I think the pro version will continue to be a worthy purchase for those who got it, if even to support the development. However, if you feel like this change affects your decision and you've bought it after March 1, 2018, you can feel free to reach out to me with your purchase token and I will refund you.

    As a final note, Frost was never meant to be just for the money. Unlike some of the other applications, I don't inject ads in the free version so I can benefit from the user base. Frost has always been about offering a better solution, and in helping other developers in the process. My activity here will increase again when summer break is here, and for those of you who stick around, prepare to see more great things to come.
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    Links

    Frost is primarily distributed through XDA Labs (and no longer through the play store). The app is completely free and open sourced. All that I ask is you rate the app if you like it and give me feedback if there are issues so I can improve it :).

    Alongside the release builds, there are automatic builds which are generated with each commit. Use this at your own discretion.
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    Try this test release.

    Everything should be fixed here. In the future, I will try to set up a download manager within the app so updates are fetched automatically
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