Facebook has announced that it has completely overhauled its mobile website in a bid to make it more universally accessible across a wider range of phones.
The social networking behemoth announced via its official blog: “Today we're excited to start rolling out a major upgrade to m.facebook.com that delivers the best possible mobile Web experience no matter what device you’re using.
“With the new m.facebook.com, users with high-end touch devices will see a rich touch-friendly interface; for users with feature phones, the site will look and work great.”
With more than 250 million people now reportedly accessing their Facebook accounts using mobile devices, up from 100 million just a year ago, it’s hardly surprising that Facebook wants to keep up as more and more users around the world get online with a plethora of handsets sporting multiple types, not to mention versions, of web browsers and operating systems.
Facebook said: “Every device uses the same framework. This way we can move even faster and build new features just once for every mobile device.
“It also means that everyone can access the same features, whether writing messages or checking into Places. There will no longer be a difference between m.facebook.com and touch.facebook.com, we’ll automatically serve you the best version of the site for your device.”
The changes are being rolled out already and will not be noticeable to users of the iPhone or the latest crop of Android mobiles. But the experience should improve dramatically for users of feature phones and other, oft-forgotten operating systems such as BlackBerry OS and Symbian.