Facebook for Windows Phone 8 updated: performance boosting goodness
Today sees an update go out for the Windows Phone 8 version of Facebook. The social networking app had been significantly updated for the latest version of the OS and now we reach version 18.104.22.168.
The battle to tame Facebook and shape it into a well-performing mobile app has been a long and difficult road. Windows Phone has always done a pretty good job of it but performance has always been a sticking point. That’s not to say Facebook have been very successful mobilizing their website themselves, other platforms have seen some dreadful implementations. Can the latest version for Windows Phone 8 be “the one”? Let’s find out.
The user interface on the app hasn’t changed at all from what we can tell and to be fair that’s not a bad thing. The developers have done a good job of fully utilising the panoramic spread to allow you easy access to photos, newsfeed and your favourites. You have the ability to pin your message inbox, events and nearby places to your home screen as well as utilise photos from Facebook as a lock screen with tons of other stuff thrown in too. It’s a very rich app and if you’re big into Facebook then you’ll be in for a treat.
So what is new? Well, when they cite performance tweaks they aren’t kidding, the app now moves along on Windows Phone 8 incredibly quickly. The speed of the app now is very similar to the native OS, very fast and fluid. This is a very welcome change indeed and scrolling and panning are all very slick. When it comes to that all important user experience the app is scoring really highly here, sure there are likely some features of Facebook still missing but that will always be a moving target. For now Windows Phone 8 users now have an app that works great. Yes folks, it could be the one.
We’re still unsure why more of Facebook’s features weren’t just rolled into the excellent People Hub as that would be even better. We suspect that only minimal integration will exist and the preference will always be to brand the experience with the dedicated app. Let us know what you think of the app in the comments below.
You can grab the app from the Windows Phone Store here or scan and download with the QR code below.
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Now that said, I understand that WP is a bit different, and it could simply query more than once per day. There could be a simple "query on open" or "manual check" option. Heck, even the "Check Updates" in Phone Update settings could trigger a check.
It's quite annoying.
My only issue is that since I have a Windows vista still running on my PC, I don't know if over the air updates will be available whenever there is a new is update(I can't update any current info with my PC because 920 doesn't allow anything under win7 to work with the phone. Which is an epic FAIL)
I guess it doesn't matter how fast crap comes out, its still crap. I did make the suggestion to them to upgrade the app to be more like the web site as in the form that I can share a pic directly from the app, have ease of access in the way I look for my friends page and pages that I normally look at.
Instead, I'm still having to jump through hoops, make a couple of back flips, set my self on fire and then barely be able to find the right page I'm looking for.
Sure, I can go and use fb on my ie, but in that case, what would be the point of having an app?
Yeah, I hope so.
That said, yes, actually I do use Facebook A LOT. A heck of a lot more than Twitter, that's for sure.
I even keep chat signed on 24/7 just so that messages come to my phone without opening the app. I share links from IE, pics/videos from Pictures hub, and that suits me fine.
Honestly, I can't really find something that the app offers that the OS doesn't (aside from certain tagging and liking options).
Right there with you
Speed, last commented message up first in groups, polls
That's I think ;-)
Anyone know a app that can push notifications that works from Facebook? I will use it only for that and then acess site from the browser.
And don't worry, it doesn't suck up any battery life to do this. :)
Also I can't get the large size tile, it's all white. Lumia 920
The current Windows Phone Facebook App is just AWFUL in virtually every measurement. I felt it was the weak link in some otherwise STELLAR app selections. Poor touch responsiveness, unable to clear notifications, and buggy. Hopefully, MSFT will not stop here and continue to improve the app until it is the best mobile Facebook experience.
how on earth do you post on someones wall??!!!!
itz don't show frnds b'day
If someone is having the same problem or had pls tell me what is the problem.