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Facebook Beta for Windows Phone updated

Can you figure out what's new in Facebook's latest update?

The slick new Facebook Beta app for Windows Phone, which was released at the end of April, and saw some bug fixes and minor improvements a few days later, has just received its second update. Version 5.0.1.2 doesn't seem to come with a change log at all, so it's not quite clear what exactly is new.

Given that this is still a beta and only got a slight version number bump, we're guessing this is just some more bug fixes. At any rate, even with whatever bugs remain, it's a huge improvement over the original Facebook app. If you haven't tried it yet, you really ought to. You can get it here for free.

Be sure to report any bugs and suggestions to the developers in the Settings > About section of the app. Your input will help lead to a better user experience.

Thanks for the tip, Er!


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Facebook Beta for Windows Phone updated

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I agree.  Nothing wrong with the Metro style, but this is not their product and it's best to have it work and act like all the other platforms and certainly the web app.  This is a fairly good product and it's already less quirky than the current production version, which isn't saying much I know
 

I like the features of the new app, but I like the looks, and function, of the old app.. If others can make their WP version of apps fit into the Modern style then why can't FB?

I can tell this complainers at least one thing: I actually use this app, which is much more than I can say for the previous version.

Its not complaining. We're not children.. It's called input, and its our opinion.. Believe it or not developers of these apps read these comments, and there are some members from the WP team on here from time to time. So, its a good place to, as you say, "complain"

You should make another poll about new Facebook not having metro. I'm sure the devs are very interested in your polls and comments.

Sometimes Unpinning the tile and repining the tile or just launching it straight from the app list helps. If you already tried that... Uninstall it and download it again. If you already tried that well then just sit there and read on lol

Mine wouldn't open after the last update, well it wouldn't open from a notification. I had to launch the app using its icon and sign in and then I had no trouble after that.

I feel like my phone had been getting much shorter battery life after using the FB beta, hopefully this fixes that

Experienced battery drain as well. Also Live Tiles stopped working for me but that blame may lie on new Foursquare app. Had to iteratively remove last installed apps until tiles updated again.

Have you guys got the original FB app still installed? I was also getting bad battery life after installing the Beta app, but once I removed the original FB, it improved dramatically. It is possible having both releases installed affect battery life in a bad way. Just a thought.

Not sure if i have the same problem. Battery in idle is much sorter even without using the app. Deinstalled the beta right now.

I had the battery issue from the first release of the beta.  Dropped it and went back to the original (battery problems resolved).  I can wait until they get all the bugs/issues fixed.  I'd rather have battery life than a FB app.

I took it out, together with HERE Drive+ beta,... I saw immediate improvement on the battery usage.  Also, I found that my phone dont heat up like before

You're right. When I needed to search one of my friends, I had to touch "Friends" but now you don't have to do that. Thnx for the information.

Yeah that's really annoying because no one knows exactly which apps they're gonna pull or if they will pull all apps or let some apps stay in the store.

I don't understand... it seems pretty clear that their intention is to pull ALL fb apps that use their name and/or icon... what's unclear? All they have to do is redesign to not steal the fb name and icon and then they can come back.

"Social Scout" used to work as the Facebook JDB app once it was integrated. Not sure how it behaves standalone though. Just wait for few days, i'm sure the developer will rename the app and re-publish in the store.

I'm very happy with the new FB app. 5.0.1.1 has been great. Interested to see what they've done with 5.0.1.2

They removed the search buttons in the left and right swipe menu. First it was down on the WP button bar, now the search bars show up permanently above and if you swipe the button bar disappears. Nice improvement.

Doesn't show up in search results. Have to have link to acquire it.

Edit: nevermind, I realize now you're talking about the link from WPCentral.

I have that problem too, it's also not showing at the article about the Skype update. But the store links is under the 'view links' section but the direct store button disappeared indeed...

I may be overlooking something or just plain dumb, but is there a way to view Friends' birthdays for the day or whatnot?

People continue not to understand what the Metro design language is. This app doesn't break it. It advances it. This is not some straight iOS clone, compare them side to side; there's small but important differences in the designs.

Lol! But, some of like the big but important differences in WP design! Small differences aren't enough to differentiate WP from others..

Microsoft can't afford to be too different with something as big as Facebook. A major app like that needs to look similar to the iOS and Android versions for two reasons: 1) Consistency. Facebook changes the design of their site and if it's a major change, then the app gets updated too. 2) Recognition. People are looking for a similar experience for extremely popular apps like Facebook, Twitter, and hopefully Instagram (yes, I know it isn't available for WP yet).
The Facebook beta app better represents Facebook.com while retaining some Metro design features. I think it looks great. Also, app tabs (pivot control) isn't a requirement of the Metro design language.

I am very excited that they have been working on the new Facebook app. Only one thing I hope they have working by the time it's finalized: notifications for group messages. The built in messaging app doesn't support group Facebook messaging. It sounds trivial to me as I type this, but missing entire conversations that have been going on all day about dinner and movie plans with friends sucks.

I don't know if anyone else had this problem but previously if I had opened the fb app and then locked the phone with the fb app still opened and then unlocked the phone after a min or so, the app would be unresponsive, the content area would go all black with only the top blue bars visible, I had to press the home button and relaunch the app to fix it.

I'm glad that it has been fixed in this update, keep them updates rolling Microsoft. 

Just by interest why isn't it in the store? I know u can get it from the link but not everyone will know that.

Beta apps aren't released to the general store (with the exception of Nokia here drive+ beta)
You have to follow a link for them.
It's just the way it works :)

Is there a way to search for new friends??? On the old app when you go to friends and type in the search box you can scroll left or right to search friends / everyone. On this beta I can't find a option to search everyone and look for new friends. If I'm overlooking it can someone tell me how to search for a new friend. Thanks

Hi,
Just swipe left, and enter the name of your friend in the search field at the top...
It is as easy and convenient as this :)

Thanks man...... Works great. I don't know how I overlooked that. I guess I'm so use to the old app where you just search under friends and just swipe left or right between everyone and friends.

Ahhhh that makes sense. I looked for a couple of hours trying this and that to search new friends. I commented in this thread and then updated. I got that reply and went and that search bar was there. I was thinking I was crazy for not seeing it. Then I tried to justify it to myself by saying well it's grayish black. Hahaha glad to know I'm not crazy and they added it in this update.
I'm still grateful zazouboy pointed it out to me. This app is really shaping up.

This is great.

PS:Hello Ladies and Gents, please help me out with this. I just got a lumia 520; great phone awesome OS. (My first WP). But I'm having one weird issue. The back light below the capactive keys below the display don't light up in the dark i.e no backlight at all. Is there any one out there with the same problem? Is there a way to turn it on? Is this the same with the 620? Pls help as this is ruining my WP experience.

I preferred the older version with Metro Style GUI. Metro GUI is really something new in the world of mobile applications ... and WP applications should be designed consistently without the need to ' chase ' ios or Android GUI. Nokia Lumia 920

I disagree. Way too much horizontal scrolling in the old fb app (and other poorly designed metro apps, for that matter).

I don't think you understand the difference between the Metro UI principles and the default developer template.  The Beta app is stlll Metro, in fact, it's even more Metro than the previous app is. 

Metro UI is simply about minimialism, clearn flat colours, putting content first and only key nav elements up front.  This new app does exactly that: all the content is up front and bigger than before, it only shows the key nav elements, and all the sub features are hidden in the swipe menus, and of course the cleaner flatter colours.

You're simply used to the default dev template, which is what the designer of the Metro UI was talking about.  That template was meant as a starting point for devs, not the basis of metro.  Most of the apps are lazy attempts from some devs who didn't actually DESIGN their apps, but instead just used or customized the default template.  That template doesn't work for all apps, as the Metro designer said, the UI was designed for it to be creative and it shouldn't be the same for every app as each app serves a different purpose, so it doesn't make sense that they all have the same horizontal scroll panning.  The new Beta app does this really well and still sticks within the Metro principles.  Hope that helps you and others who think this is not metro understand.  :)

They fixed a couple of issues i said about, one where if you view a picture in landscape you'd see the edge of the messenger screen and one where your notifications wouldn't count as read until you closed the notification pop up
Seems a bit quicker too :)

Anyone can copy the selected text when typing on the chat window?
And about copy the old messages on your chat history?

Had the same battery drain problem until deleting,,,beta is way better than old app and not that concerned with "metro" style

FIXED: when pressing on pics in a closed and private group, it used to take you to your own "pictures of you" album. Now it displays the correct pics

Runs much more smoothly too. Buttery.

Still no fix for the notifications counter. It doesn't clean the numbers in the red box once you go there. That's annoying.

i have an issue where after the updates, the timeline pictures stops showing on my home screen, just an F logo now, even unpin and repin doesn't fix anything, anyone else notice?

I did too. Uninstall and reinstall the app brought back the working live tile. It's a hassle but it is, after all, a beta app. Hope this helps.

whats the point of this when Microsoft already said they will be updating Facebook and YouTube on WP7?

My Lumia 920 does not seem to be getting anywhere near as hot with this release.  Knock on wood.  I was able to cook a very small steak with the last release, which depending upon how you look at it might actually be a neat feature in a smartphone.

Still does not support colored smileys >.<
Video upload still isn't possible too -.- pfft!

Hope they add the ability to tag friends in status updates and comments by typing their names in instead of adding friends at the end with the add friend button, fingers crossed it gets added

I still insist on the metro UI element it shouldn't be ignored its part of the brand screw ios and android Microsoft should do better not same apps

They have to fix the irritating part when you click on a link and press the back button it shows resuming for some time.

Yes but then Facebook don't pull down all Facebook apps because nit every Facebook app is stealing the name etc. So what I said: it isn't entirely sure which apps are going to survive. But it is clear to me so why would you say that

Tried sharing a photo that was set to Public... said that it couldn't due to privacy setting. But I was capable of doing so on m.fb.com. Odd.

You can call it slick all you want - and I appreciate your argument in favour of metro not being a limitation but a guideline - but I still think it looks generic and boring, sorry. In the podcast you compared it to Fuse, but I think this exactly shows how something can be metro 2.0 without falling back into pure inter-platform boredom.

I was using this on my 820..today updated the app and the main screen doesn't show any updates..
swiping to right and left are working and there I can see all chat frnds and settings..but on main screen no updates..its just blank..anybody with the issue/suggestions..
I even re-installed it but no use..