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Facebook Beta gains Windows Phone 8.1 integration in latest update

Facebook Beta

Ever since the preview for Windows Phone 8.1 went out, the Facebook beta app ironically has lagged behind the official ‘stable’ public version. That means while you could use the Beta app with no issues on 8.1, you were also missing the Social Extensibility framework integration, including access to your Photos Hub, Sharing and more.

Version 8.1.4.25 just went live in the Store, and we can confirm that for 8.1 users, you can now use this instead of the public app and still get those new 8.1 features. 

The version number of the beta actually makes it on par with the public one (which is also at 8.1.4.25), so you probably won’t see any benefit yet. Presumably, the beta app will get a few more updates on a more rapid release cycle compared to the public version, eventually delivering some new features and improvements.

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore recently mentioned that the Facebook app was due for a big update in June, with “improvements to performance, having full-width photos in the newsfeed, and seeing photos & comments at the same time”.

Pick up Facebook beta for Windows Phone (and now Windows Phone 8.1) here in the Store.

Thanks, Josue A. and Rum N., for the tips!

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Facebook Beta gains Windows Phone 8.1 integration in latest update

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I was also able to download and install, but it doesn't open when I open the app. Did you unistalled the other Facebook app?

UPDATE: Never mind, even with the normal app install it doesn't open. I already restarted the phone and it's still the same. It may be a small bug or something like that.

Twitter integrates with the What's New section without any app needed. The official app doesn't add anything to the What's New section.

Which is really odd cause they appear on that section but not on contacts tough you have option for twitter while facebook on contacts but not on whats new section

great news 

 

off topic : 

my first comment here . after reading so many of you . :D *gives free virtual cornetto to everyone*

Oh welcome to the commenting party ! ;-)
I myself made an account here after using the app regularly for 3 months :))
(sorry for being off-topic, apologies)

Not even funny. I'm pretty sure he was supposed to type 'it' instead of 'i' and your second DOES doesn't even make sense.

I downloaded this app and created several transparent tiles with the. The problem is that it takes me to a black screen when ever I click on the Xbox Music app. I have to get out of the app and launch it again to make it appear. Clicking the stock tile of the music app doesn't create this problem.

Is the built in Messenger gone because of the separate app now? So annoying how it works now with the tile. Even if messages is disabled.

Touching on this... Is the Messenger app even needed if you have the latest Beta version? I still have it installed and tried getting messages and it just kinda sits there. Hmmm...

I just don't understand the difference between the regular app and the beta app. I know they both suck though...

 

If you need social networks on the go for your work, WP8 is a no go.

I don't know the difference between the two either. They seem to be exactly the same to me. And all the same stuff was being reported into the OS in the what's new section and my contacts. Not sure where they get the idea that SEF want working in the other one

For one, instagram posts don't show in feed. You can't select certain features or posts such as relationship changes etc that are present on iOS and Android. Overall it's terrible compared to the other 2 platforms but slowly improving.

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I agree! I have a moto x and my daughter has a Lumia 520. I actually like the WP Facebook app better then my android fb app.

Beta is updated faster than normal version, you'll get new features or bug fixes.

Why WP8 is a no go for social networks?

"Beta is updated faster than normal version"
Kind of ironic that the latest update to the beta version brings it up to speed with the stable version.

Does anyone know what that connect phone to facebook does and why is the app not solving the problem with the people hub and get the facebook app thing. Also it still jumps to the store link when selecting an entry I. People hub

I am talking the in app selection. My Microsoft account is synced with facebook for years now. Selecting that now did not change anything. The facebook experience still sucks with wp8.1

The most nagging problem while switching between the main and the beta version of FB was my whole contact list with profile pics getting desynchronised. Already happened once and hate to see that again :/

I hope by "improvements to performance" he means complete overhaul and speeding up this god forsaken app and making it rise from the dead

Zero cares until/unless messenger app plugs back into messages like it used to. Only "integrated" feature I ever had any use for. And if they really mean this "one windows" line, bring back the integrated messenger from the windows 8.1 dev preview.

Do you mean Twitter contacts are not showing in your contact list? If so then you must be filtering them out, at the top of the list there's a shortcut link for the filter, click that and enable Twitter.

First of all to all commentators, STOP commenting about bugs in your WP8.1 DP installed, this is an article about Facebook App, so you might missguide some other visitors. STICK to the topic here, please.

Now, i am a little bit confused. When i open WP Store from my computer, on the Facebook app page it stays:

Last Updated: 5/5/2014 (May)

Version: 5.2.4.5

OS: Windows Phone 8

But when i open WP Store from my phone (which is Samsung ATIV S with WP8 GDR3) it says:

Last Updated: 23/3/2014 (March)

Version: 5.2.4.0

OS: Windows Phone 8

Does anyone else experienced this issue?

Fix the damn news feed Microsoft.
No point updating the app without proper news feed.
Shows posts only from Liked pages and absolutely nothing from friends timelines or their activity.

I am unable to change the profile picture in WP ? There is no option to upload profile pic like android or iOS. Everytime I want to change my profile pic , I need to upload the pic first and then select it as profile pic. It's annoying.

After I updated I saw no reason to keep the beta version. Especially since the original will have a 'major' update soon.

Do the contact pictures in the People app sync for you guys? Each FB contact shows a blank picture.

you'll have to reboot the phone after uninstalling the official and installing the beta, and resync in order for it to work.

Is anyone noticing different from their news feed on the app and the computer.  I keep seeing news feed related to like page and not my friends on my phone.  It is really annoying.

Facebook, twitter, instagram, path. All in beta. Esspecially path and insta. 1 year-almost and a half year and still beta.

@irsyadhhs - These aren't really 'beta' apps, since official apps exist for users. These apps are more for 'preview' purposes for upcoming features and bug fixes.

Found a strange behavious when uploaded a picture and people clicked 'like',  the fb notification could be "xxx likes your post" , and another line displaying "xxx likes your picture"..

So how is it? Better or still just as bad, on 8.1? Do we see a progress bar now on the action center when uploading photos?

I removed the non-beta Facebook app and installed the beta. SEF doesn't seem to work. I've restarted the phone a couple of times already. After the install-uninstall. Doesn't seem to integrate. Any step in missing?

Why is the facebook app so bad and slow to upload images in both beta and normal app on WP 8.1? Why can't I go to another app before it is finished uploading my image to facebook? That worked much better with FB intigration in People Hub in 8.0 :(

 

 

Doesn't integrate with my People Hub on an HTC 8S. When trying to add the FB account to my phone it says the FB is not there and launches me into the Marketplace to get the non Beta app. Sticking with the original FB app

Not working post updating Lumia Cyan, what the hell is wrong. im getting an "Oops, something went wrong, please check your account information" I'm entering the correct login credentials. Can anyone suggest what is the issue?