Last week Facebook began offering automatic/silent updates to selected users on Android devices, now it’s returned to the regular Google Play route to add a series of new features that bring its Android app in line with recent changes to the iOS version.

Now Android-toting Facebook users are able to change their cover photo directly from the app, and — in an effort to avoid clutter — they’re also able to hide stories from their News Feed and report spam. That’s very much in tune with Facebook’s latest refresh of News Feed which highlights visuals and brings a unified look to all mobile and Web clients.

Additionally, the Android client now requires “fewer taps to start a group message”, continuing Facebook’s focus on its private messaging system. The company has made a number of changes to its standalone Messenger app — in a bid to compete with mobile chat apps — and it makes sense to give users more fluid control of messaging from within the dedicated Facebook mobile app itself.

You can grab the updated app via the link below.

➤ Facebook for Android

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