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It’s Friday night so it’s Facebook Beta update time for Windows Phone

What would Friday night be without Microsoft pushing out yet-another-update for their Facebook Beta program? Facebook mobile is kind of like NASA but a smidge less important, and evidently just as complex.

That’s the only reason we imagine there are so many updates from Microsoft, and yet oddly none of you are ever satisfied.

Tonight, Facebook Beta has been bumped to version 5.1.0.6 for Windows Phone 8 and 3.1.0.6 for Windows Phone 7.x users.

That’s the good news. The bad news is the changelog is the same as it was last week, which includes performance improvements and language localizations. To be honest, that just probably means this update is so small they couldn’t be bothered with listing any of the changes (but we imagine there are few under the hood fixes).

From our few minutes with the app we’re not noticing anything new, but perhaps that Chat feature is working better.

Anywho, head to the Windows Phone Store to pick up Facebook Beta for your Windows Phone. Sound off in comments if you find anything worthy of our attention, otherwise we’re going back to watching Honey Boo Boo (don’t judge us).

By the way, we're shocked (shocked!) that Hipstamatic Oggl and WhatsApp haven't had their updates today. Crazy times.

Thanks, RyoTGZ, for the tip

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It’s Friday night so it’s Facebook Beta update time for Windows Phone

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They're just reversioning the same build, pushing it out there, and letting people *think* it's faster.

I dont know how you guys but since last update (not this one) it got way slower, I mean when I turn the application on, the blue facebook screen is there like for 1 minute. Anyone have similiar problem? Ill try to update it and see how it works.

Lumia 800

My only complaint is that you still can't copy quotes on the timeline. I like to copy some nice quotes and paste/save them in my Onenote.
Oh, and also, it's still missing Birthdays in Events!

the kind I work with, unfortunately. I feel brains dripping out of my ears every time they start talking about it.

What's unfortunate is all the other trash we watch on TV but how hard we are on a select few, expescially when its a poor, fat, under edducated family that people are going to sit behind their computers and make fun of because they're such an easy target. Go read about what these people are doing with the money they're making vs. all the 20somes that end up in mugshots in the years following their 15 minutes, or how other parents treated their celebrity children's wealth growing up. Honey Boo Boo and her family, for the most part, seem like pretty stand up people compared just about any other reality tv stars.

What kind of animal watches any reality tv at all? The only American tv shows I watch are breaking bad and supernatural. And why are you comparing bad to even more bad? Its not gonna make bad good or any less bad.

I turned on my tv for two hours last Sunday night. It was more than a month before when I turned it on prior to that. Our society spends way too much time in front of the tv, or other electronic time sucks.

Everything that goes to my TV has gone through a computer first, since 2004.  I stopped paying for cable/satellite in 2008.  I'm ahead of the curve.  ;)

Also shocked that Oggl hasn't an update. Specially since the September 22nd removed the not-so-functional editing tools for imported photos.

As for Facebook...*insert here random comment about loading speed*.

It is going much faster than the previous update. I mean, the previous update made it fast, this one is faster. Is it fastest? I don't know if it is the fastest but it is definitely faster than the previous update that claimed to make it fastest. Hope the next update comes really fast!

What is needs is notifications that occur in the time frame of few minutes instead of all the notifications for the past three days or hours ago. 

"  What is needs is notifications that occur in the time frame of few minutes instead of all the notifications for the past three days or hours ago"
 
^^^^^^^ This X 1000

What design? None of the other platforms do this? Why would I want re-notified about notifications that I saw 3 days ago or hours after the fact when everyone elso has pretty much said everything not allowing you to be a part of the flow of the post. I still use JDB for Facebook Pro as its notifications are useful and at least within the timeframe. 

I do follow NASA & WPCENTRAL. Both equally important for me. In fact i also have a space shuttle model including the rocket boosters & tank!

My wife follows NASA and keeps me up to date on that front. I follow WPC and keep her up to date on this front :)

Fair play! keep em comin... The "others" sneer and say it must be broken to get so many up dates.... I say nothing is ever perfect... Everything can get better... so why not asap

Maybe on wp8. On wp 7 startup takes 40 seconds and a extra 15 freeze after splash screen. This occurs since 3.1.0.5. I will wait for one more build. If i don't receive any feedback or they don't fix it, i will send the app to "recycle bin"

I agree with Jucan. This app is just terrible on WP 7.8. Really, how hard is it to make a damn Facebook app? I love WP, but the lack of efficient apps is really starting to bother me.

Well I did get a Facebook message notification from the Facebook app for the first time ever tonight. Wonder if they have anything to do with each other.

That's true. Chat and messages are finally working :) I Just can't belive it... It took them quite a while

Why am I not able to see "Files" in any of my Groups? None of the uploaded documents are visible in FB Beta, only in the web version.

She said you can't upload photos taken on WP to Facebook. Despite, i would imagine, hundreds of emails to the contrary, she decided not to mention it in the mail section of her, increasingly crappy show. (i just watched it for sexy Jeff). She lead the mail bag instead with another "i love the show" email... Yawn.. Unsubscribe

I just wonder.. Jdb for facebook is only an one mb apps but its can do lots of things that this 12 mb official fb can't. Most importantly it gives push notification of any thing and almost real time!!!

Daniel, we are never satisfied because you just have to compare android's and iOS facebook apps with this one, the differences in terms of functionality, speed, and everything is just ridiculous, this has been for quite a good time in BETA, by the time this app is finished the least i expect it to do is to make me some coffee, cuz damn, pretty long time huh?

Agreed! Reliable notifications that clear the tile once read... Chat with stickers... Photos in comments... Photo uploads that take less than 4 minutes on LTE...etc

I sometimes go on 6tag to look at photos hash tagged with windows phone just to give me inspiration lol.

This is the BETA version of the app dufous, so will ALWAYS be beta. Every so often they release an update to the official app, based on the continued developement of this. *sigh*
 

Facebook 5.1.0.6 official Changelog:

 

1: Missing 1 semicolon at the end of the code.

2: Code Indention.

Are u guys having problem with the news feed? The  news feed always shows Most Recent posts even if I change the settings to Top Stories. What about you guys..??

being honest i dont know man, i just go in this app to check if there are any messages that i didnt get on the messages thing wp comes with because shit's like that, you know, sometimes you just dont get messages but you open the app and you find a long ass paragraph sent an hour ago.

I have the newest version of the Facebook apps on my 920, Nexus 4, and iPad, and the Android/ios versions are much better and much more fluid. It makes me sad. :'(

A long time ago I was developing a "knowledge base" application using the Microsoft Multimedia Publishers Toolkit.  I actually wrote a VB front end and used Windows API calls to do a whole bunch of stuff, however, it just wasn't as good as what Microsoft provided on Technet.
One of my company's developers asked me why I couldn't do with the MPT what Microsoft did with Technet.  Well, the answer was that I'm not Microsoft and I was bound by the MPT's paradigm, whereas Microsoft developers could write the whole thing from scratch and yank out just the parts of the MPT they wanted.  Use undocumented API calls and all that.
That's shockingly similar to the Facebook Beta app.  it's being written by Microsoft, while the Android and iPhone apps are written by Facebook themselves.  Certainly and without doubt there are shortcuts and API calls and stuff that Facebook themselves can do in their in-house developed apps which Microsoft can't do in their app.
Bottom line, you can't really compare the Android and iPhone apps to the Beta Windows Phone app. 

I think this will always be the case, because I'd guess that the android and ios versions are written by facebook themselves, whereas the WP version is written by MS.  So the devs working at FB of course have access to all of the information they need on FB's inner workings, whereas I am sure the MS guys are stuck trying to wade through half-arsed documentation or deal with politics and red tape to get information.

Looks like they swapped a lot of the icon graphics in the app for higher resolution counterparts. That explains the jump from 9 to 13 MB. User profile pics are still low res. Perhaps they're getting ready for 1080p support?! Makes sense why they wouldn't list this in the change log.

How IE is better,you can't save pages,no forward keys,pages reload if you switch tabs,which is a pain and no speed mode...,opera mini saves lots of data and time..,UI also beautiful

Opera mini is lot better in all platforms than other browsers because of its speed and data saving mode...,it's my opinion though coz i have used in Symbian,androids...

Opera sucks on windows PC big time and I don't think anyone would disagree with me. As for android, opera mini is so so, there are still better browsers on there, like boat browser and UC browser is also very good on android unlike the windows phone version of UC browser which is very limited like the OS itself. And both uc browser and Nokia express have data saving mode and who's to say opera mini will be good on wp8, they might have to downgrade their browser on wp8 because of OS limitations and stuff.

UC browser on windows phone is not good at all...,you will not find autocorrect features or autocomplete mode in speed mode after typing 4words..,it gets lost and some pages don't load properly....,and Nokia Xpress ..,it takes ages to load...,UI bad..,no forward keys...,pictures bad...,

It's very laggy on HTC Mozart, but I think that the root of the problem is my phone. I really need a new one, but lumia 920 or 925 is so expensive here D;

Amber/gdr2 for at&t will be out on Nov. when the new Lumia devices roll out with gdr3, why cause at&t sucks with updates, Microsoft should direct update for all wp8 devices.

Anyone notice it takes forever to load the upload images screen? Can't back out of the app during the process also. Ugh.

App has stopped working since the update...it just gets stuck on the Facebook logo...on wp7...reinstalling it now

Exactly, and that's so annoying. Even the chat on their mobile website has real time messages.

It's possible (and very easy) to make real time chat for Facebook and image sharing for Skype app. Look at whatsapp. Microsoft is just being lazy.

Nope. It's quite annoying too, especially for messages where you can have a conversation with someone and end up having your phone vibrate every 3 seconds for 5 minutes for the 50 notifications it decides to send you the day after the conversation. I appreciate that they've somewhat got message notifications to work but seriously thinking no notifications are better atm.

I haven't tried the update yet, but I have been noticing the in-app-chat doesn't update very much.
So hopefully this is addressed. .among other things.

I really wish Microsoft would put the same amount of effort into Xbox Music and the current sync set up on Windows 8.

They can't. Its baked into the OS. This is an app = more updates. This is what stops many people from Skype etc services baked in OS. More you bake, longer you wait for them to get fixed.

May be I missed something but why is it still a beta? I understand the problems with You Tube but what is the reason for Facebooks eternal beta state?

Until this shower of *** can produce an app that delivers toast notifications in the same week they were posted Microsoft can *** *** with this. It's the bare freakin minimum and they consistently fail. Pathetic really when JDB For Faacebook delivers virtually instantly or maybe 20 mins late, not 3 ******* days! Jesus christ!

Aw little boys offended by some *** appearing on here, bless. Anyone would think it was directed at you two delicate souls. Not sure why you got so upset, unless you work for Microsoft you shouldb't be. Try and enjoy life, it's not hard. 

Not interested until they fix toast notifications, it's pathetic that they obviously can't fix this. Really pathetic.

I'd have my browser open on Facebook on my laptop and my Android phone and tablet gives me notifications before even the website does. My 920 takes atleast a day, if ever, before getting any kind of notification which is kind of pointless seeings as I'll check the app before then.

I have the 920 also until the next gen wp8 released of course witch is only a month away im sure once they sort it out when they do the fb beta will be all the more awesome indeed i check my fb regular two just it would be great once its nice and quick :)

Was the last paragraph a hint/tease that we're supposed to be receiving an update for whatsapp?? Yes please =)

I hope they bring bubble chat just like on ios and android, thats the only good thing on android\ios..

Is just as bad. Slow in displaying comments when tapping on Comments links, and also slow going to previous page when tapping on the Back button. Notifications are still not coming through. When will this app be on par with Android versions? That's sad....

Did anybody noticed that the installation file size has been bumped to 11MB from regular 8MB, I wonder how many lines of code they had added ;)

They really have to abandon the app and ask Facebook to develop a real official one! 
Why? Because of notifications! I think only Facebook can make them "realtime"... I'm tired of receiving messages notifications 2 hours later!

Just type Facebook beta for Windows phones in IE..,you will get the links in wpcentral where the article is related to Facebook beta.or in wmpoweruser.

Rudy Huyn, PLEASE!!!  We need a "6book" urgently!
I have no doubts that would be awsome and 10000000000 ways better than that Official App. It's my biggest dream about a facebook app for wp 

Hipstamatic Oggl have update on store already..editing tools for imported photos still doesn't work..

I manually updated last night and then had an update this morning pop up on the app store, im not sure if the update I did last night went all the way thru.

Now it takes forever for the app to start and the 2 times I actually let it open before I gave up on it it still shows the red bar saying it couldn't get new data or something even when im on WiFi. I have to pull to refresh to be able to see new post if I dont do that it doesn't show that there's new post.

With every update the app gets worse

Im on wp7.8

"Facebook mobile is kind of like NASA but a smidge less important, and evidently just as complex.

That’s the only reason we imagine there are so many updates from Microsoft, and yet oddly none of you are ever satisfied"
LOL !
I just use the integrated hub. Doesn't have everything, but it works.

At first i would get the "can't get data" error, but now what i'm getting is notifications working almost in real time  (maybe one or two minutes late)

well... my latest notification had a 19 minute delay :/

also... the PC says it was 19 minutes ago (it was, i heard the fb sound and checked the notification on the pc once it came on my phone) but the FB App says the comment was made an hour ago.

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7h3k1cQF41r4wyx0o5_r2_250.gif
 
Recieved another notification on my PC 3 minutes ago (my fb app was open on the notification tabs and it also appeared there), the phone says the coment was made an hour ago too.

so it seems it a hit and a miss.

Bottom line, Facebook on Windows Phone just plain suck. Can't depends on People Hub because it is so crippled in functions as compared to a full fledged Facebook app on other platforms. Yet, the "official" Facebook app for Windows Phone is also just as lousy. No wonder Windows Phone is not gaining any tractions at all....

Facebook app is so buggy and lousy as compared to other platforms. Notifications is always be late. Even opening comments is so unresponsive. The fact is that wp8 adoption rates is still far from Android and ios. Those are the stats.

I just use the touch site in IE. I have it pinned to my start screen sadly it runs circles around the app lol The app is faster though I'll give em that.. Still have a ways to go especially with notifications! My girls iPad wakes up instantly after receiving something on Facebook. My 920, 2 days after the fact...

This is the third times I installed Facebook Beta. The result I couldn't upload image with paragraph writing. I upload one of image from http://m.wpcentral.com/how-gain-back-temp-wp8-memory-move-photos-skydrive and including all this link articles, it said, "your upload could not be posted at this time. I tried again till three times, the result I couldn't upload my post, what update it is? I use Facebook (published by Microsoft too, but official, not Beta), it could upload without said anything. So, what for the update it still given to Facebook Beta if it couldn't upload my image with articles?