Facebook for Android updated with new privacy features, photo tagging

Facebook for Android has been updated to version 1.7, bringing it up to par with the iOS version in terms of features. Along with improved privacy features, including being able to select who sees your posts, the News Feed has received a small aesthetic refresh. But the biggest improvement is in the Status Update section: it is extremely easy, using the Android contact list feature, to tag users in your posts and photos. And because the check-in feature has been migrated to the post page, it’s easy to say “Going swimming with John Smith at XYZ Pool” and have both person and place link to their respective profile pages.

The Photos section has received some a spit-shine, too. You can now swipe between photos, and easily comment, share or set a photo as a Contact Icon or Home Screen wallpaper.

While a minor update, it’s nice to know Facebook is trying to keep its iOS and Facebook apps at feature parity, even if it takes a while longer to come to Google’s platform. Full changelog after the break.

– Made it easier to share with who you want
– Improved the sharing tool to add privacy controls on posts and match your settings on the web site
– Added the ability to tag friends and places in posts
– Added new design for Profile and Group Walls

Fixes and tweaks:
– Improved photo browsing with swiping
– Added the ability to tag your friends in photos
– Improved Messages and Notifications
– Fixed a number of crashes and performance issues

Download it here via the Android Market