Facebook Beta has finally received the highly anticipated refresh that Microsoft's Joe Belfiore mentioned during his recent Reddit AMA. The update brings the popular app up to version 126.96.36.199 (188.8.131.52) for those on Windows Phone 8 and 8.1, respectively. In addition, a detailed changelog has been added, noting a range of improvements including a new, more Modern layout.
Facebook Beta 5.3 (8.3)
- Updated design
- Improved performance
- Video upload
- Support for additional languages
The new UI design in 5.3 includes a News Feed text banner at the top with a Search button and list of current contacts online. Below the new header are five icons, which include quick access to News Feed, Friend Requests, Messages, Notifications and your profile.
Rounding off the new scheme is a new bottom bar, which features three buttons for Status, Photo uploading and Check-in. It's with that middle option, Photo, that users can now select a video to upload to their Facebook account, joining WhatsApp with privileged OS access to said feature. It's clear that the new design moves away from the iOS-inspired version to a more Modern, Windows Phone one, which should please many in our audience.
Besides the new UI design, there is, of course, the usual 'improved performance' and additional languages support, making this quite a significant update.
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