Try JDB for Facebook if you don't like the new Facebook Beta for Windows Phone

We've noticed plenty of readers did not like the new update for Facebook Beta, which features a "Top Stories" newsfeed by default. We've heard your complaints, and it seems many of you like a more traditional "Most Recent" newsfeed. As Daniel explained, the change to "Top Stories" is a Facebook thing, not Microsoft's. If you don't like what's happening, you can try third party Facebook apps. A good example is JDB for Facebook, which has a default "Most Recent" view.

In addition to having a timeline view you might prefer, JDB for Facebook also features:

  • Full-screen mode (show/hide bar buttons)
  • Live tile shows Facebook notifications
  • Powerful posting (can post multiple photos and integrates with Tile'agram app)
  • The best check-in experience thanks to 'Social Scout' engine inside
  • Lockscreen Facebook notifications (WP8 only)
  • Can set Facebook color to be your phone's accent color
  • Can customize the 4-buttons bar to the actions you want
  • Browse photos in full screen with pinch to zoom
  • Swipe left/right to navigate through photos
  • Send chat stickers
  • Enhanced back key navigation (option to not reset scrolling)
  • Support for watching videos
  • Launches external links on IE
  • Customizable tiles for pin to start
  • Lock orientation for portrait/landscape
  • Photo sharing integrated to the OS (from any photo can do ... > share > JDB Facebook)

While JDB for Facebook uses the Most Recent timeline, it allows you to change to Top Stories view. Just tap the dropdown button on the top right corner.

JDB for Facebook is a free download, with an in-app purchase of $1.99 to unlock features and remove ads. We'll have a look around and see if there are other third-party Facebook apps worth checking out. Are you switching away from the official Facebook Beta app? Let us know in the comments!

Mark Guim

Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.