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Facebook unifies mobile sites

Till now Facebook had two mobile sites one each for Touch screen phones and Feature phones. But now that has changed, now users can simply type m.facebook.com from any device to access Facebook.

Mobile users of Facebook will no longer need to bother about which handset they are using to choose between two Facebook mobile addresses that existed till now.

Facebook has now announced an upgrade that allows users of touch-based devices and feature phones to log in to a single site, m.facebook.com.

“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,” Lee Byron, interactive information designer at Facebook, said.

Previously, Facebook has multiple versions of its mobile site: touch.facebook.com for touch devices, and m.facebook.com for less feature-rich mobile devices.

Having two sites presented Facebook’s engineers with two problems, the first of which involved limitations on file sizes for feature phones. According to Byron, this had limited the use of CSS and JavaScript APIs on some touch phones.

With the new m.facebook.com, he said every device uses the same framework, and the engineering team can move 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,” Byron said.

Meanwhile, 0.facebook.com, a stripped-down site, will use the same codebase as m.facebook.com as well, he said.

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