Facebook aims to make browsing the web inside the Facebook app better with the release of its own browser.
Note that Facebook has apparently been testing it for a while now, at least since early December, according to reports, but it looks like it has started to find its way into the hands of more users.
TNW says the social platform has reportedly been testing a new, more flexible, in-app browser that could mean users wouldn't have to leave the app while they look at web pages.
The new browser also includes allows you to back and forth between pages, bookmark a page, and a menu button likely to include additional features. It's obviously a huge omission, but it might only be a matter of time given all the other features the company is adding. While those are bare-bones renderings of publications in order lessen load times, the new browser is instead quite close to approximating a full-fledged app.
Still, both options have the same goal: make sure you never need to leave the Facebook app. With a good enough browser, the Facebook app could essentially become a self-contained ecosystem of its own.
Facebook for mobile has a built-in browser, in case you did not already know this.
As it is obvious from the screenshots, the UI has undergone a major revamp and along with it the browser also comes baked with new features. The new browser has been made available to select iOS users, and just like the other public test features, we are expecting a larger roll out in the imminent future.