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The world’s most popular social network made the news this week after acquiring one of the world’s most popular app – Instagram. Its own app, however, tends to get a lot of coverage for the wrong reasons, and no matter how many revisions of the official Facebook app are released, they seldom arrive without their share of snags.

It’s for this reason many Android users look for a decent alternative to the one offered by Mark Zuckerberg’s development team. While some go astray in search of a wider choice/ specific inventory of features, others are just looking for a cleaner, speedier and more streamlined app from which they can enjoy the social experience. If the latter applies to you, then today’s featured Android app could be exactly what you’ve been looking for.

Fast Facebook

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Currently in its beta stage, Fast Facebook by team2soft makes exploring the world’s number one social network quicker and smoother than the oft slow, bloated nature of some of the many competing utilities out there. It claims to use less battery and memory than the alternatives, and seems an ideal option for those only using Facebook sporadically.

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It manages to be resourceful due to the fact that it only opens when you want it to. Unlike clients offering hidden services or notifications every time somebody "likes" a status you have, it only runs when you specifically ask it to.

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It offers most of the features essential to your social networking diet such as comment, share and like, home feeds in real-time, access to news, status, photos, search, etc. Interestingly, you can also alter your background theme to add a little personal touch. The Ice Cream Sandwich-designed app houses several alternative themes, although you can select an image from your device’s photo library if you so wish.

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Notifications are in the pipeline, but then again, we managed to cope with computer-only social networking before smartphone apps, which have seen things descend to the point whereby we’re happy being inundated with notifications.

With all the security threats burdening Android at this present time, you will be pleased to learn that this app is highly secure, and unlike some sneakier apps, doesn’t store your login credentials whatsoever.

Download ‘Fast Facebook’ for Android [Google Play Link]

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