Facebook Brings Timeline Functionality to Android, Mobile Touch Site

By Brittany Darwell Comment

Facebook has launched Timeline on its Android app and m.facebook.com for touch devices after introducing the new profile to users worldwide late Wednesday night.

Note: There is not a set release date for Timeline in the iOS app, but Facebook tells us it is coming in an update soon. iOS apps must go through an approval process before entering Apple’s App Store.

The mobile Timeline is a visual and navigational improvement over the old profile. Users can easily scroll through past posts, which now feature larger photos and the ability to swipe horizontally to see additional content without leaving the Timeline. The mobile version allows users to browse all of the rich content in the new profile format and to hide or delete items, but there are fewer controls for editing the Timeline than the full website provides.

For example, mobile users can change their cover photo, but they cannot edit the About section of their profile. They cannot star posts to feature them more prominently, as is possible on Facebook.com, nor can they change the privacy settings of an existing post. Mobile users are also unable to add “life events” or make posts that are dated in the past. This means they cannot use the mobile map add places they have been before. These actions, however, are likely better suited for the web experience when users have more screen space and are likely to be spending more time on the site.

The mobile Timeline also features Open Graph app activity. Tapping on a Washington Post Social Reader item, for instance, opens a new browser window with a mobile version of the app. Tapping on a Spotify item will open the native app if it is installed on the device.