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Microsoft updates Facebook Beta with minor fixes and improvements

Facebook Beta

The team behind the new Facebook app for Windows Phone, which is currently in beta, has released a small update. Bumping the available version up to 5.0.1.1, we're looking at better support for special characters when entering text as well as a few other minor improvements.

Plaffo notes that the following is also included in the latest release:

  • The latest comments to posts are now displayed at the bottom
  • When you view pictures in landscape you're no longer bugged by annoying elements
  • Fixed bug with the share link

Notice anything else that's new? Let us know in the comments. You can download the Facebook Beta app from the Windows Phone Store. Thanks to everyone who tipped us!

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Microsoft updates Facebook Beta with minor fixes and improvements

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turn off the toast notification will save you more battery, cause everytime you get notification the screen will turn on

Contrary to the "regular" Facebook app, this one finally sends me notifications and doesn't drain my battery (Lumia 820). Hope it stays this way, and good luck to every one else

Its not only you, it is drain battery so fast, the main problem that my phone become insanely hot in just 5 min use.... Guys anyone have the same problem??!!

I haven't noticed a battery drain, but my Lumia 920 gets hot. I haven't noticed it get this hot since November when running Nokia Maps/Drive.

I had the same problem: excessive battery drain and a very hot phone after only a few minutes of use. Never had that issue with their first FB app. I uninstalled the Beta and will wait for the final version.

I experienced crazy battery drain the first day. Then I turned off location services and battery drain returned to normal.

Thanks for the info, I'll try turning off the location service and see if that is the issue.

I've noticed the the battery icon shows that it's at 99%, but when I look under settings, it tells me.that it's at 65%.

Thanks, I'll try that.  It has been draining my batter at about 2x the speed before installing.  It is a great looking app, so I'm hoping that fixes the battery problem. 

No issues on my 920, battery is fine and notifications actually work unlike old app. I have both FB apps running and the old one never notifies.

Notifications and messages come thru in minutes not a half hour too a hour later like the old app.My 920s battery was over heating the first day,but the last three days it's not don't know why.The new Facebook is faster and more smooth ,way better than the old version.

Yes! I was using it for chatting (some friends don't like to set their status to "online" to chat) and in about two hours it drained my full battery to 50%.

same here, and yes yes yes finally i can write scandinavian letters ä ö or in persian on facebook, that was my only thing i wanted to be fixed, thank u so much

Update didn't work. I pressed update and the button just disappeared and now it is still on 5.0.1.0. Weird...

Update: the update button appeared again and now it's updated.

Downloaded and using now. They ordered the comments from oldest to newest as it should have been in the beginning. :-)

Links in comments open now, that sounds fine. Also now it supports Finnish ääkköset. Love it, better than the current official app. The phone gets hot though, hopefully they fix that too.

I like the app a lot, it's really fast and the design is great, however it seems to think I'm trying to insert an emoticon, whenever I try to use composite characters, which are used in my 1st language, and returns an error.

Why when i search for this app and some others do they not appear in the store. I realise i can download from here and update early (before push notification comes through) but really confused as why a simple search doesn't display results. Makes me wonder if im missing out on some apps!

I hate this app! Change it back! MS took away everything that was special about our WP FB app.. I feels like 10 steps backwards, and Its not Metro!

Yeah it's definitely not metro style. The swipe in from left and right is not anything that happens basically anywhere else on the phone. And in settings, the menus basically cascade up from the button, which again happens nowhere else. Feels like they took an iPhone app and flattened some of the chrome.

Yeah, I still don't really buy it. The whole metaphor of menus sliding in over the underlying layer is unnecessary and distracting. Also the buttons at the top and the fact that some of them repeat swipe functionality seems counter to the metro design. As I said, it feels like an iPhone app with a flatter look.

+1 VERY disappointed with the design. Great to see the hard work on improving functionality, and hate to be negative - but can't bring myself to use this in its current form.. makes me forget I'm on a WP device...

Love the new design. Never thought I'd say it, but I no longer care about an app being metro. I mean, come on, it works better than the old one, and it looks fine.

How does it work better? Having more features doesn't constitute working better.. This is unintuitive, and Modern designed apps are supposed to have form and function.

Navigation in the new one is simpler. Swipe to the left once or swipe to the right once. I would argue that sometimes all the horizontal swiping in metro apps can be detrimental to the experience. Plus, now I no longer have to swipe twice through a screen full of peoples' photos that I don't care about.

Cannot see who is going to events. Plus crashes if app is open when the phone locks. Possibly only when looking at pictures when the phone locks. Cannot look at liked pages. E.g Nokia Australia. Cannot tag a picture when you upload. Anyone else see issues with this?

I don't know, but in the past Microsoft said they are working on a native windows phone 8 Facebook app, so this could be the one.

Work fine for me for now. But the only thing that I've seen that doesn't work and seems like a glitch, since there is a second of flash that appear on the screen the list of the contact that you are trying to tag on the message but disappear instantly and leave you unable to make any tags. At least my case. (lumia 920)

I never get my toast notifications or a notification when someone has messaged me on Facebook. Once in a blue I get comment notifications from like 2 days ago. Anyone else having this problem?

Swedis vowels are not emoticons anymore after update. Also seem to be getting toast notifications properly so far. Really like the new app so far. Looks good, but most of all I think they've managed to organize all the functions well.

I have always unchecked everything but messages and friend requests/confirmations in my notifications and live tile. The notification service has never told me I have a new message. I hope they fix that.

Everyone make sure you send your feedback to the dev. team, via 'setting'>'about'>'feedback' inside the app. Keep your suggestions short and don't go a rant.

Aw, the live tile is no more. Now I have a big Blue one instead of my cover pic. But now I can use letters I couldn't.

A few things are missing in this changelog and they are pretty important.
-Improved performance
-You can use non-latin letters in chat
-Looks like "black screen after lock-unlock" bug is now fixed

Seems like there is no update.
Still notifications bug..
No Files sending in message.
Goes back to top after seeing any photos or comments..
And many more bugs

Me too (822), I'm not getting the problems that some are reporting (heat,battery drain, glitches) just still missing some features that I think should be added.

I really do enjoy the hybrid UI of this new FB app. It bring metro style left and right swiping + iOS look and feel (in some ways) I do however believe that this app needs a lot of improvements as far as functionality is concerned. But, its a BETA app so it'll take time. Its a buggy and can be slow. It also needs a fix with displaying who likes and comments and a post. It will read something like: "cannot load data" or some shit.

Working great for me so far. I need better battery endurance at work, I didn't enable toast notifications to test them.

This is a nice application and it works fine on my Lumia 820. I just wish it can quickly get out of beta

One fix that I've noticed: before, at the login screen, you couldn't insert your password if you tapped the password field away from the "Password" label. Some touch misconduct that's now resolved.

This upgrade seemed to be halting my Bluetooth service. Had to reboot to start the service again. Removed the beta and problem went away.

can anyone confirm they receive notifications when someone sends them a message because i dont

This app is very, very good. Exactly what the app should have been from the beginning. Only complaint is that it is just a bit slow overall, but I'm sure that will improve over time, it is a beta after all.

I attempted to send feedback, saying that I really like the design and functional improvements of this app...but there are bugs to work out. The app kept crashing, sending me back to the home screen without even being able to open the app at all. Every attempt would ask me if I wanted to send an error report regarding the crash...yet whatever option I chose it would simply crash again. I uninstalled/reinstalled and was finally able to send the error report...but I still can't open the app. Buggy-a$$ beta...

Before update I had to uninstall as my battery drained from full to 10% whilst unused in my pocket. Think it might be caused when you use the app as your lock screen picture

Still feeling heat at the back side after 10 minutes use, seems to drain my battery. Also when I clicked "See more" at the end of a long message in my inbox, it redirects me to the browser... previous version still keep me in the app. Not funny!

This doesn't work like the original "modern style" anymore. Rather than this, I would prefer a update to the People's Hub. The functions in PH is just too lacking that just make you use this kind of official app. 

I'm not a heavy facebook user, but I just installed this app and played around with it for probably fifteen minutes.  I'm pretty sure I like it better than their other facebook app, but for such a short use interval my phone got very hot and there seemed to be a noticeable battery drain.

I hope this Fb app will soon be able to allow users to attach/view pix privately on Fb inbox just like on Android app. Also, support for colored icons and emoticons. Some Nokia phones can even send Stickers thru Fb Inbox, so why not on WP..? @mentions are also a must-have for posts/comments.. Still a long, long way. Haiyss.. :(

1. Don't underatand how people can bash this app when the old one was as bad as it was. Metro-design? Yes. Functionality and stability? Poor.
 
2. Had to unistal the Beta, the batterydrain was extreme. Cut my batteryusage in half.

this app was amazing...but it did heat up my 920 and drain the battery..i still loved it tho - way better than the other apps available. but, now since the update the app won't even open for me. I've tried reinstalling and everything. has anybody had this problem?

Yes, my battery drain was 2X faster as well and the phone got really hot. Once I turned off the FB lock screen background, and did a reboot, everything is back to normal. I also have the original app running as well. Like this new FB layout.

Why does this not support location services within messanger like the iOS and Android versions? Like when you send a message or update a status, it will also include your current city below.

Had to uninstall from my lumia 920, facebook notifcations coming through with twitter icon about 3 hours late..battery getting drained within 4 hrs of the day. no live tile...What is it working fine on some peoples phones and not on others? veryyyy strange! ill wait for another update before reinstalling. good luck microsoft. 

After this update my friends list shows only few.... I couldn't tag other friends who are already my friends in Facebook... Pls help... Thanks in advance:):)