Facebook has started rolling out a new design for its Android app. The new Facebook for Android app version 18.104.22.168.94 brings a new design onboard where the privacy settings of the profile have been clearly marked, along with new icons for the controls. However, the most notable feature that is also a part of the new update is the mobile recharge facility. Facebook is now testing the mobile recharge option on the Android app that supports all the major telecom operators in the country.
The new Facebook Android app version brings an overhauled design as well as the mobile recharge facility. The new Mobile Recharge option can be found in the profile and settings tab located at right most. Below the user’s name available as a circular icon on the top, the mobile recharge option can be found. Tapping on it will ask the user to enter a prepaid mobile number, upon which it will automatically suggest the telecom operators associated. However, the users who are using ported mobile numbers from a different operator to another should manually select the operator in the dropdown list. After this, enter the recharge amount – the plans for the selected telecom operator can be found by tapping on Browse Plans option. Now, tap on Review Order.
Once the user reaches the order review page, the payment options appear. Currently, Facebook allows credit and debit cards to make the payment for the recharge. After the payment details are inputted, the recharge will be successful on the number. There is no support for netbanking, UPI, or digital wallets as of now.
In line with the mobile recharge feature, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed to FinancialExpress.com that it is testing the ability to recharge mobile numbers through Marketplace feature. “We are currently testing the ability for people to add value to their mobile prepaid phone balance in India through Marketplace,” said the spokesperson in an emailed statement.
Facebook has been embroiled in the data mishandling case, so much so that it had to revamp the look of its Android app to draw a distinction among its general, privacy, and account settings. This development could be a part of Facebook’s attempt to foray into the payments space in India, now that its other company WhatsApp is already testing the UPI-based payments service. That being said, it is unclear whether this service will roll out to other users anytime soon.