Facebook beta for Windows Phone 8 updated with improved notifications, new Live Tiles
Although it’s a bit early in the week, the Facebook team has pushed out yet another update for the beta app on Windows Phone 8. Version 220.127.116.11 is now live in the Store, a bump in 0.0.0.1 version numbers.
That means we’re not expecting anything revolutionary with this update, although the developers do have a rather detailed changelog that falls under the rubric of version “5.2”. (Edit: turns out this may be a pretty big update after all).
According to the changelog, here’s what is new:
- Faster and more reliable notifications
- Toasts for Facebook chat
- Redesigned primary tile
- Redesigned secondary tiles for chat, events, groups, pages, and photo albums
- Messaging improvements
- Performance improvements
- Support for additional languages
We’re not 100% sure that all came with today’s update, rather it seems like a backlog of changes starting with the 5.2.x.x, which began earlier this month. Regardless, updates are updates and we’re going to assume things are better with this 0.0.0.3 update over 0.0.0.2.
Notice anything new? Let us know in comments.
Update: Microsoft's Joe Belfiore just Tweeted "Get our latest #FB beta update now! Push chat, more languages & our best live tiles yet!" with the above screenshot of the new Tiles.
Head to the Windows Phone Store now to grab the latest Facebook beta app.
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That's evil dude
- lumia 925 on the way
My only drawback is the upcoming 8.1 update, which I'm really looking forward to! Plus, I just love my 925. But if WP Blue fails to impress me, this change will be necessary.
I can see stickers, not send them. I don't use them very often.
This "Official Facebook" app is still considered 3rd party by Facebook, clearly. Getting pretty tired of this crap....
But it's less reliable with multiple devices like when you're connected from two different Windows Phones 8. I'm using two Lumia 920 GDR3 and before this last update I were able to chat from Facebook Beta App on both. Now my Facebook Chat on-line contacts are showing only one phone. Please MS fix it ASAP!
M getting realtime notifications....
I suspect its a server issue and the live tile cannot connect.
Ps. For who still getting problems, control if the app is working in background in the setting background options and checking if the fb app has the tost and lives turned on in the app options.
Thanks Microsoft, now lets get over the beta!