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Official Facebook Beta app for Windows Phone gets updated with must-have new features today

As today continues to spiral into non-stop Windows Phone news coverage, we have another one for you: the Facebook Beta app, which is still going strong despite the official update, has been updated to version 5.0.2.1, bringing along with it quite a few highly desired features.

The full changelog for 5.0.2.1, which is available now, includes:

  • Ability to unfriend
  • Ability to unlike a page
  • Fixed a commonly reported problem of notification counts not clearing
  • Stability and performance improvements

Dare we say, that’s quite a significant addition of features and fixes, meaning if you’re a regular Facebook user who doesn’t mind assisting the community, then you’ll want to grab the beta app to participate.

You can download Facebook Beta v5.0.2.1 here in the Store. Windows Phone 8 only.

Via: Reddit, Plaffo

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ahumeniy says:

I would like to add support to see and send picture comments and pictures in chat.

nizzon says:

Yes, I miss this too.

ImAdrian23 says:

It's unbelieveable we didn't had this from the first day... Everytime my friends send me pics via FB I have to open my PC to see them -.-"

theroyboy44 says:

It'll be nice when we can tag people in posts like when we share images or something! And in general an easier more fluid way to tag people. Also a way for the chat to auto refresh frequently when chat is opened. Cuz my fb chat in the messaging doesn't really work sometimes it goes through but some messages dont come through or not till hours later

Tagging people in posts/comments is needed for sure

Acbuono5 says:

Ugh...i uninstalled the beta app when they updated the official one! Guess they are sending updates through the beta to make sure they are stable before sending them to the official one?

DenniSundaY says:

Yes, that was the idea I thought.

rodneyej says:

I guess so.. Weird right❔

forgive him for he doesn't know what beta is for.. lol

nizzon says:

I though he was being ironic?

topleya says:

Oddly I've just literally 5 mins ago go back to the beta app as notifications are more reliable on the beta

rodneyej says:

I guess I'm going go back to the beta as well... Here I gizo❕

now if only they make it available for wp7 soon, that would be great..

q21701 says:

Agreed. I thought bellifore said we were getting the new fb and foursquare apps soon. He's got a strange definition of soon.

Rick Smits says:

"Soon" in the WP8 world is about 3 to 6 months.

ricsip says:

..or up to 2035.. I think the word "soon" is the most hated swear word in the WP8 community. It means either waiting for a hell-long time for stupid small cosmetic bullsh*t-grade fixes and patches OR in worst case "you will never get it, no matter how many thousands of you throw however hard your asses to the ground"

xpxp2002 says:

"Soon" in Windows Phone world is 12 months to never.*
FTFY.

HYDR0SH0K says:

Still not letting us save pictures in the app, eh? No thanks.

DJCBS says:

That feature may probably never come because, as you may not know, you can't legally save photos that aren't yours.
Sure, everyone does it and it's one of those things where practice almost revokes the rules but, technically, its still illegal.
That's why you don't have that option on Tumblr either.

You have that option on tumblr and Facebook on android. Not sure about iOS.

Ratman826 says:

I must say, please check the web version of FB and correct your statement. True that we can't save pics that are not yours (instagram and tumbler) but I can save (or download) pictures from FB.com by just clicking the option button.

Vb2012 says:

Yu can download they give tht as an option -_-

Dazzi says:

You can save Facebook pictures from the Photos Hub -- that's what I do.

kirklyt says:

Yes, but not of Fb Messaging/Chat which are sent privately to you. But you can save/download them thru touch.facebook.com site.

ogamawab says:

If you want that option, buy an iPhone...

jgbstetson says:

I "like" the ability to unfriend.

ThePKReddy says:

I don't get it. Is English not your first language. Why did you put the word "like" in quotations?

Jnbs says:

Hope that you are being sarcastic.. Otherwise he used the quotation marks because likes are the main feature on Facebook 

I'd "like" to unfollow posts.

sasukeluffy says:

I "like" to unlike.

DenniSundaY says:

If the official non-beta app get the same features and fixes as the beta within 2 weeks with every update I'll stick with the non-beta app. But if it takes more than 2 weeks I probably going to use the beta again. We will see...

Jandieg says:

Still JDB Facebook gives more features.

Jandieg says:

Such as tag people on comments, links on hashtags, upload photos to different albums, copy/paste content...

Josh Harman says:

Judging by its reviews, I wonder if it works at all.

Tried it.
Hated it.
Was too slow.
Got uninstalled.

Quin 2013 says:

On what phone did you use it?

I have it on my 920 and it's way faster than the original.

My 7.8 hd7. Since this beta app still hasn't made it to 7.x devices. No worries now though since I'm rockin a 521.

tbonenga says:

I prefer JCB too.

GP07 says:

Good to see they're still updating this thing fast compared to pre-5.0 beta.   I also like that we're seeing more and more offical apps hit the platform.  

x I'm tc says:

Off topic but relevant to those who are into social networking (which I am not).
 
What's the best Pinterest app for WP?  My wife is asking.

sqlchicken says:

I like Pinsation

neogodless says:

In case no one else answers you, try Pinsation and let us know what you think.

x I'm tc says:

Thanks.  I'll pass that along.

matthoms says:

Are the official and beta apps the same? They seem to be

PG2G says:

The beta is an in-development version of the official app

No. Two separate apps, two separate download links.

MarkAllett says:

I have to admit, using a facebook app is a lot easier than using all the integrated stuff, which only seems to occasionally tell me anything.

nizzon says:

Microsoft has broken their own awesome idea with integrated apps. We can't even see who liked my photo/post. I get why they want fb app. But the features available in the OS is just too few. I'm pretty sure most people who has a WP use both the app and integration. Terrible imo.

Quin 2013 says:

Yep, I end up going through the web browser too because certain restriction of picture privacy settings that will not allow me to see it through the app or the me tile.

It's fucking ridiculous!

nizzon says:

Now that you mention it I do too. So we went from a vision of not needing an app, remembering the hype from MS about OS integration, to using THREE ways to have a complete fb experience. Frustratingly broken system tbh.

crazybeaver says:

I love FB integration idea on WP8, shame its forgotten by MS, underdeveloped, I'm guessing FB wanted to deliver more pointless ads via app which they would not via the integration, shame, surprisingly MS has nothing to say about FB even as a part owner...

Omg Facebook / Facebook beta ‼

Ahandyman says:

can anyone tell if notifications are working?  Sharing is working now.

Quin 2013 says:

Sharing is not working. I just tried it.

Ahandyman says:

works for me on certains pages, but not on others.
 

Quin 2013 says:

I agree, according to fb beta, it has something to do with security setting. But that doesn't apply on the webpage which is comeplete annoying.

kaliil10 says:

Wooow ability to unfriend

xankazo says:

Where is the beta link everybody is talking about?

EDIT:
Oh boy, found it. Sorry... I'm dumb.

killakiloz says:

The app won't even launch for me, anyone else having this issue??

Quin 2013 says:

Restart phone and try again

francesco87 says:

what i hate the most is that when you scroll on a link, then the link will be opened in ie.

Jeff Kibuule says:

If only I cared enough to use Facebook.

erfanullah says:

At least you care enough to comment on a Facebook related post!!

Witness says:

Don't lie. I bet you lurk on your friends' FB, but never participate.

Chris Yahya says:

I've Notification group about someone commented to my post, it (fb beta) redirect me to group homepage :(

johncdoherty says:

Who cares... They need to focus on the reported bug(s) that send you to the top of the news feed on auto-refresh and after viewing posts. So annoying to use.

kirklyt says:

I agree that one is annoying...

IraSaktor says:

Switching back to Facebook Beta. Was not able to persuade Facebook app that "I already noticed that one notification and need not be longer notiffied".

Josh Harman says:

Nice, they fixed how notifications are cleared... Now a f they could just fix not actually getting those notifications in the first place.

DJCBS says:

Finally the notifications are clearing!
As soon as they release this fix to the normal version, my review will go from 1 to 5 stars.

Evster88 says:

The flyout menu feels noticably faster.

Aryan Angel says:

Still pretty much completely useless since there is no real time chat, I have to refresh every time to see new messages. I'll stick to messenger and IE.

Mocah says:

Yes. Thank you Microsoft and Facebook for allowing me to unfriend people, when what I really wanted to do was talk to them.

dalydose says:

Right, the whole thing is "useless" because one thing doesn't work. Just uninstall it then. I wish the word "useless" would stop being used. Hyperbolic nonsense.

Aryan Angel says:

Yes, it is useless becasue the most important thing doesn't work. Chat is the most important part of facebook for me cause I use facebook to talk to people not to unfriend them. And I have already uninstalled it long time ago, just came here to check if they finally put a chat option there or not.

Wicho80 says:

Can't see the update on the store, someone else having the same issue?

deloa84 says:

I noticed switching from an app or when your multitasking, it resumes SO much faster. Definitely a nice overall update.

PolishHitta says:

Toast notifications fixed?

Jakeway says:

When its gonna be on 7.8?

crazybeaver says:

Still, hate the new design, you might as well just stuff WP8 with iphone apps, or just sell it to apple or google

Josh Harman says:

I think its more a Facebook standard that has to be achieved rather than copying iOS & Android. I think WP needS to meet that standard to access all of FB features (at some point, maybe).
This is a Facebook/Microsoft collaboration after all, so it makes sense that it would look like all the other FB apps.

uopjo6 says:

Is sharing to a group that hard to include?

RetroMan71 says:

Pardon my ignorance, but why is there an official app and a beta app?

Nabkawe5 says:

Whats REALLY FUNNY is calling unliking or unfriending a feature . ?
Are you kidding me?

Well I never needed to unlike or unfriend anything on that app to notice and its not a big deal that it was absent , what is a big deal however is that the damn Java facebook has this since day one and MS is calling it a feature .?

Windows Phone is a solid OS , what it needs is Microhard apporach and not MicroSOFT.

tfiorito says:

But still no working live tile and push notifications..

Al_2 says:

Was excited to see the headline 'must-have new features' but disappointed that they're unfriending and unliking - not something I tend to need to do that often, if ever! Would much rather see improved chat with working notifications and ability to send images, for photos posted via Instagram to show up in the news feed like the mobile site and for the ability to tag people using @ in a status.

Eljonn says:

I wish they fixed Facebook chat in the messaging app :/ it doesn't work at all

tbonenga says:

Sharing problems with this app. 90% of the time I can't share a post. I get this message" Sorry,unable to share at this time. Might be the privacy settings of this post" I've deleted the app and reinstalled but it's still broke. I can use JCD or m.faceboom and share the same post with no problems.

useme2useyou says:

I thought Facebook was released properly so why does the beta still exist? Confused, as the beta is the later version lol

Still can't send emoicons!! WAssup with that??

waqqas31 says:

Does anyone else's L920 start heating up as soon as they launch the new FB/FB Beta?

raycpl says:

I used to get the heat treatment.. but strangely its not so bad as before

Zeroplanetz says:

I wish they would just fix the issue that it updates after everyfreakinthing. It should only update in two ways 1 when the app is opened and 2 when I choose to update it while im in the app! I hate it sending me to the top after I click in to read something. Other than this it works pretty well for my needs.

I'm so with you here. It annoys the hell out of me. In fact I've stopped using the app as much. Why can't it be like the twitter app?

Quin 2013 says:

After messing around with the beta app, I have found that they upgraded the app to absolute crap!
Are you kidding me? I go to open a post and it crashes. I reopen and promps me to send a report..i send a report, app restarts by it self and crashes again, I reopen the app and there's another promp to send report,send report, app resumes, I go to read a post, bam! Again crashes and keep repeating the same fucking thing. Must have update my ass!!!

Gazlar22 says:

Completely ridiculous how i still can't approve posts i've been tagged in to appear on my timeline. The only thing this app's ever been good for is tagging people with you at check-ins.

Can you pl help on how to see Birthdays in FB Beta app.

I'm really tired of the newsfeed returning to the top. Its stopping me using the app its that annoying.

Being able to send a photo to a friend on Facbook would be a nice feature, you know, like on iOs and Android. 
 

Ratman826 says:

Why does it keep telling me that I can't share a post, that might due to the privacy settings of this post? I can share the same post right off the Facebook.com, but not in this app?? Anyone help??

adaptor says:

The problem with WP8 apps is it messes up the screen area ....the UI experience is very bad. I have a 4.5 inch screen. The App needs to make use of that