egzthunder1 · Apr 23, 2013 at 06:00 am

Facebook Away from the Facebook App with Fast Home Widgets

Not too long ago, XDA Forum Member taomorpheus released a rather interesting alternative to the current official Facebook app called Fast. The app is essentially a replacement for the original, bringing to the table a far simpler, less bloated, and much lighter client for the the infamous social media site. As good as it is, there is always room for improvement. Since the dev knew this to be the case, he kept on cranking ideas to make the experience of Fast even faster. The result after some months worth of testing, one can now use the app without going into the app thanks to widgets. With that in mind, he embarked on a journey to add as much FB functionality to the home screen launcher as humanly possible. However, this had to be done without compromising the lightness of Fast, which is (after all) what sets it apart from its official counterpart

Fast Home Widgets, much as its name suggests, is a set of widgets (10 to be precise) to do virtually everything you normally do on Facebook, but without actually opening the FB app. As mentioned earlier, the beauty of this pack is that it allows you to do something different with each widget, so you could essentially arrange them and use just the ones with the services that you normally use. For instance, lets just say that the only two things you do on Facebook are update your status and upload pics, but you are not interested in anything else like group chats, instant messaging, or even the news feed. You now have individual widgets dedicated to these two things alone, without having to have extra options that you do not use, effectively reducing the clutter and making the entire experience a more simplified one.

As a quick note, the dev has stated that these are in private beta testing at the moment. If you would like to participate as a tester, to please send him a pm. There is no mention of limit for the beta testing program, so this can only mean that the dev is doing it to have a better pulse on the feedback for the widgets. They will be released in two batches: The first few will be available for testing in the next day or so and the last few towards the end of next month. As it is the case for everything on XDA, please do not ask for ETAs.  If you get on the beta list, please provide any and all feedback for the dev. After all, that is exactly what you are signing up for.

 It’s a set of 10 widgets (android 4.0+) created in order to do the basic stuff on Facebook.
The first release will come with 5-6 widgets. I have planned to release the other 4-5 widgets by the end of May.

You can find more information in the original thread.


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egzthunder1 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. I have been an active member of xda-developers since 2005 and have gone through various roles in my time here. I am Former Portal Administrator, and currently part of the administrator team while maintaining my writer status for the portal. In real life, I am a Chemical Engineer turned Realtor in the Miami area. View egzthunder1's posts and articles here.
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