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Facebook Beta app for Windows Phone 8 gets yet another tune up

Microsoft keeps on keeping on with the fine tuning of their Facebook Beta app. It was just 8 days ago that an update to version 5.0.1.4 came out, and already version 5.0.1.5 has made its way to the Windows Phone Store. The lack of change log likely means that this is a mishmash of bug fixes and performance improvements, but hey, we'll take it.

Facebook Beta for Windows Phone 8 is an impressive app, especially considering what it is replacing. If you notice any specific fixes or changes in this latest version, don't be shy, and let us know in the comments section below.

You can download it for free here.

Thanks Randy and everyone else for the tip!

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S_C_B says:

Anyone have the issue that when you get to the end of your timeline, it won't load any more posts?

liammatho says:

I occasionally get that while scrolling down my newsfeed

James8561 says:

remember to report it to Microsoft by going to Settings > feedback

Mister Gore says:

Its happened a few times to me. Usually just rebooting the app fixes it.

jsnod25 says:

Quick tip... I turned off notifications on my lock screen because I hate having to launch the app every time I get a notification just to clear it from the lock screen. Since then my battery life has nearly doubled. Not sure, but I think it was draining my battery somehow. Anyone else?

deadwrong03 says:

Still no 7.x version

rcasey says:

You people need to upgrade.

James8561 says:

then too bad. suck it up.

MrSean490 says:

Sorry I don't understand what you said.
 
Please try again.

Tired of the "you need to upgrade" crowd. Not everybody can just upgrade their phone all Willy nilly. Not all of us have stacks of cash hidden under our mattresses like some of the people that comment here. Now what happens when they do finally release the final version for 7.x and it happens to be broken as hell? Take your self righteous bragging over to crapple. Sure an iDrone 5 will suit you fine.

Nik Rolls says:

It's in beta, relax, wait for it to be released before you jump to conclusions.

irvin792 says:

A jump to conclusions mat......

Quin 2013 says:

Lol

Office Space

Dre325 says:

I'm sick of people on here ripping people for still being on 7.X. We use Facebook, too, and many of us with Lumia 900s are under contract for another year! Hell, my wife has a Focus S and even that is under contract until November. Enough of the upgrade comments already!

Then stop complaining when your not first. I upgraded and 7.x wp user consistently remind me why upgrading was such a great idea.

I'm not telling you to break your contract however next time don't wait so long on getting a phone. On the plus side you must've got the Focus S & the Lumia 900 at a stellar price for waiting so long.

cjallan417 says:

The 900 was released in April 2012. How exactly did he wait so long? If bought on day one, they'd still be under contract for almost another year.

Do I think 900 users should be patient before spouting off about no 7.x version of a beta app? Yes. Do I have sympathy though for 900 users because 7.x versions have fallen off the radar of some developers? Yes. So don't throw blame back in their faces.

I'm so sorry that I know how to work the system in my favor since I was able to upgrade my phone from my "Samsung Focus" to the "Lumia 900" and Now to the "Lumia 920". Just because your contract ends in two years that doesn't mean your stuck with the same phone. at&t would rather extend your contract another 2 years after your first year just so they can guarantee 3 years instead of two. Sales rep work off commission too lol use that to your advantage. Why would they let you just walk away when they can get another sale...
My girl wants to enjoy her friday and is tired of me being a nerd... Heading to a bar to get shit faced

absolutshame says:

AT&T actually upgraded my 3 900's for 920's without much of a fight. They even upgraded a broken 920 at no cost so I wouldn't cancel. Stop being a doormat.

Looks like AT&T is wiping their feet off on you, kind sir.

absolutshame says:

They, AT&T, credited my entire bill in May and upgraded my cyan 920 with a shattered screen at no cost. My contract was only 3 months in on a 2 year renewal. It does not extend your contract with 2 additional years, it restarts the 2 years. So exactly how are they wiping their feet?

paulxxwall says:

Tell em att is awesome even for irresponsible people like me

Or just tell them I'm a broke n!##@

James8561 says:

FB 4.2 is still available in the store for 7.X

you mean FB 2.9.1.0?

mjfadaway says:

Its because most of us had Lumia 900s as well and found a way to sell them to get the Lumia 920. I wasn't about to be stuck with 7.whatever

lasm2000 says:

Remember it is in beta state. Wait for the official release and then, yes, demand it.

TedJ70 says:

It's unreasonable to expect the developers to develop two code bases simultaneously... it doubles the workload and makes isolating bugs more difficult. It makes more sense to backport to 7.x once the code has been frozen for a stable release.

Could always form a separate team for each version.

That would be soooo inconsitent.

How? Explain how the app is made since you obviously work at MS on the FB beta.

neo158 says:

I suppose you're going to pay for that then?

MS makes enough money on all their other products to do this. Us 7.xers might as well be harry potter at the beginning of the series living in a broom closet under the stairs with the way we've been forgotten.

Might as well get comfortable.
Maybe once the new Nokia 41 mp phone is released you should jump on that... Gives you something to look forward too

Residing says:

Why keep asking this question?  It is clear that this version is Beta; and not only that, but WP8 users are the beta testers for the WP7.x version!!!!
 
When the bugs and kinks are all ironed out, they will most likely bring an updated, bug free version to WP7.x and a bug free version for WP7.x SHOULD be what you want, right?
 
Just sit back and wait.

Ticomfreak says:

Won't be for 7.x until its final release...

Jeremy P says:

Facebook Beta is really nice, but was anyone else a little disappointed its not metro themed?

S_C_B says:

Not at all.

Kram Sacul says:

A little but the swiping to the right and left is definiitely Windows Phone friendly.

blasher4 says:

Yes. Its nice looking but not a lot of features.

sheldork says:

I am, not little, a lot.

hutuka says:

WP8 will be very boring if all the apps are metro themed.

Not at all. Much more feature rich and complete than the metro-fied original app.

Mathematicsb says:

I was going back and forth between the 2 apps for a while trying to decide and couldn't see any differences other than style. I guess I missed something... What are the extra features of beta?

nizzon says:

Chat and chat status.

WhippedKream says:

I rlly liked the look of the old fb app, but the pictures and everything's presentation if nicer here. If they incorporated both somehow, id be happy. Even more so if the people hub had this nice of a look for pictures and statuses, AND you can like comments and mention people in comments, I wouldn't need the app that often.

Rickosw says:

Hi S_C_B,
Anyone have the issue that when you get to the end of your timeline, it won't load any more posts?
 
yes, i do have that problem....limited number of posts / duration of posts ie up to 4-5 hours ...quite random...i need to go back to Desktop ./ Laptop to read the rest of the posts....
 
 
 

Aaron Cortes says:

I've noticed photos don't load again when you open them, that's the only thing I was waiting for. The top bar is smaller now too. And it's available in Spanish now, yay!

S_C_B says:

I noticed it takes a long time to load photos.

Aaron Cortes says:

Yeah, it takes a very long time loading the likes and comments stats of the photo, but the image alone doesn't have to load again like in the past version or at least doesn't have to on my phone. It feels a bit faster overall too.

lubbalots says:

I hate MS's app update process! Updates don't show until early afternoon or longer! But it should automatically be immediate when available.

jleebiker says:

Still can't share a post from the 5.0.1.5 version.

Works fine for me. Perhaps you or your friends have conflicting privacy/app settings.

Quin 2013 says:

No, I get that too. I can repost on a laptop/desktop but not with the beta app.

Hella annoying.

jleebiker says:

As of today, I can now share posts and pics. I didn't change anything on my security settings and I know the source hasn't changed theirs (most don't even know how to do that.). Something changed and now it works. /shrug

Stopped working on my 920...sad face.

tbonenga says:

JDB FACEBOOK updated to

Sarang68 says:

Keeps on keeping on. Lol.

RudyZ says:

They fixed the feedback:
1. Moved it out of the About screen
2. Added a UserVoice link
3. Email is now an alternative option and you write it out within the app, because when it used to redirect to the Mail app, the Mail app used to die slowly as you type because the attached debug log was way too long.

Quin 2013 says:

Sweet, I'm glad they fixed the typing issue. That's one thing I kept bugging them about.

MDak280 says:

The app is nice but what's the point if notifications don't work? Maybe this update fixed it, though! Also, I prefer the look of the older app.

dalydose says:

I know. Totally useless. They should just take the whole thing down until you get what you want. /s

theprawn says:

It's not pointless but the lack of notifications certainly does take away from the experience. I've been carrying my Blackberry when around WiFi as its Facebook notifications work perfectly.

mikemacias says:

Notifications have worked for everything except instant messaging since the beginning for me. 

nizzon says:

Notifications are still a mess. I hope they focus on this.

dikadik says:

I love and appreciate how MS so focused on developing this app by so many updates recently (yes it is a beta though), but pretty sad at the same because of the app's performance, still need lot of improvement. I hope the non-beta will be a great one. Patience is the key :)

g_davis5 says:

I have the beta but my problem is I have to read it here or hear from a friend if there is an update because I don't get the notification from the store telling me there is one, then I have to come here and use the download app button to find it and manually update.

Dre325 says:

You would get the update notification eventually. They get rolled out region by region, but you can almost always get it from the direct links beforehand, as you have been doing by following the links here.

boxa72 says:

If u have set up 2 step verification you'll need to set up n app password. I'm assuming that's y u don't get em:)

KrightonX says:

When will this be available for Mac? Love,

Windows Phone 7 People.

Srsly get a clue and get the with program.

jlynnm350z says:

Where is the revamped you tube app?

blackhawk556 says:

Its called metro tube. Look it up

MykoleC says:

They pulled it from the store, so it's gone. I don't remember why though

pankaj981 says:

Issues w/ google and not showing ads

DanaOira says:

Great work rolling out the updates, Microsoft!

AhmedAtef says:

I still wonder if you would marry me!

Well, that escalated quickly!

My online contacts list are not showing correctly for mine. :(

Quin 2013 says:

Maybe if you uninstall then reinstall, that may fix the issue

Dre325 says:

Is this really news that this beta was updated, even though there is no changelog and no noticeable improvements?

Guitarpik says:

I was gonna post the same thing. Slow day eh?

cae758 says:

The overall app is faster for me.

luimende says:

Pressing on the notifications has a long delay now.

nizzon says:

Hasn't it always been like that? Its still slow overall and not much better than the old app imo.

luimende says:

Am I the only person getting posts from strangers? Its creeping me out. I feel like a peeper.

wtrmlnjuc says:

No, have you checked your privacy settings?

Nickkk101 says:

I have had this too, sometimes between posts by people i know. After scrolling up and down again they vanish. Really weird.

jmk1127 says:

Cannot check in

pogi920 says:

They just updated the build number..lol

rui.silva450 says:

No. They added support for more languages and you are now able to see instagram photos posted on facebook

ogamawab says:

Cheap... JDB Facebook is going to be better when the beta version is done in a few years... Microsoft is slow at doing things...

blackhawk556 says:

Jdb really is a good app. I can't believe how good and fast they release updates for this app. Microsoft should just buy this app and make it their own.

Ticomfreak says:

JDB is a glorified wrapper with a custom banner.

Enough already where is the phone 7 love.

neo158 says:

I case you hadn't noticed it's still a beta, you should be thankful us WP8 users are beta testing it for you.

Paola1993 says:

Just got my Lumia 520 today (had a Lumia 7.8 for a month, what a nightmare!) and I have to say that this is the best app for Facebook I've ever used! And I had Android an phone and a tablet for over a year! Although I still keep and love my Galaxy tab <3 This is the best app so far, it is fast, transitions are nice and I just love it. Overall I like it! 

boxa72 says:

Welcome to WP8 brother ;)

xankazo says:

Paola sounds more like sister to me (judging by the nickname, of course). :)

Paola1993 says:

Haha yes, you are right ;)

Paola1993 says:

Thank you! The WP8 store looks so different to the 7.8

btbam91 says:

FYI, I was first to comment.

blackhawk556 says:

Nobody gives a rats ass

walter1832 says:

I care, as I'm writing a book about idiot behavior.

GP07 says:

Will there ever be a way to do video chat with others?

we really need a messenger app with all the emojis and stickers..and maybe a video calling feature too..
but then again it will be WP8 only! -_-

Yes, indeed, desperately.

murtagh360 says:

I can never understand this desire to have messenger in the app. It is built into your phone and works very well.

AhmedAtef says:

I dislike the facebook integration somehow!
I want my sms's to be separate from my facebook chats! so they must make a facebook messenger and leave you the option to use whatever you want!

ibeee9 says:

We need a messenger and message sounds for new messages and a notification on the tile number or lockscreen aswell for the messages

melvinmajor says:

When would the beta be the official version ?? ...

jleebiker says:

Obviosly, not today. No ETA. Might be better off asking Microsoft.

Khoa Lai says:

I've been noticing that if I install this, my phone sometimes just gets surprisingly hot and the battery drains so fast for no reason.

AhmedAtef says:

that's why I uninstalled it and decided to use m.facebook.com until they come out with the proper release!

kidjenius says:

Since the update, I've now been able to see my instagram photos on my timeline and news foos

rui.silva450 says:

this update adds support for more languages

Wael Hasno says:

Meh, the app is not bad but it's missing a few killing touches..

1. Send attachments via personal messages. iCopyWPOS and Lagdroid have it..

2. Dynamic update.. I have to refresh to get new updates, notifications.. And we don't get the "seen" notification in chat too.
The app is well designed overall..

AhmedAtef says:

They also must support the mood change and the new hashtags!

AhmedAtef says:

still drains battery?

TheMyx says:

Actually it is now localized in italian, probably in other languages too?

shreyas15 says:

Okay... With this update, i get push notifications properly!

I installed the update but then it crashed so many times I had to uninstall it, but now I can't seem to download it again. Anyone with the same issue?

Spicymikey says:

For me the last comment on a post was partially hidden under the new-comment box at the bottom. Annoying because you couldn't press like on that last comment.

That was fixed in this Build

lostlogik says:

Hopefully addresses the issue of posts from strangers appearing in my timeline

monigal2 says:

Where or how do I get Facebook beta, I couldn't find it in the store?

lpforthewin says:

Use the link in the article

biboyflip says:

Im having problems opening messages. Its just looping while loading

kirklyt says:

With this update, the private messaging is almost unusable in my L920. The wait progress bar dots just doesn't stop loading upon opening a private thread. Seems buggy and you cannot scroll up to view more previous messages, it just keeps on springing back down to the latest message. Also, they have to add features like attach/view/download images within the private messaging, also colorful emoticons.. Still a lot of bugs, especially on images shared from various Fb pages, the problem is when trying to view who among your friends liked and read their comments, the app just seem to load the original 100s of likers and commenters from the original Fb page post.

kirklyt says:

Instagram uploaded photos to Facebook don't show up either. You have to use other apps for that, like Facebook HD. At least with this update, custom settings for status posts and sharing seems supported as of now.

UKBMW1990 says:

Do wish they would crack on and get it sorted; Facebook is just terrible on my Ativ S at the minute. Holding out for something special with Windows Phone 8.. hope Microsoft deliver.

UKBMW1990 says:

Do wish they would crack on and get it sorted; Facebook is just terrible on my Ativ S at the minute. Holding out for something special with Windows Phone 8.. hope Microsoft deliver.

Mapantz says:

My news feed wouldn't update today then i realised there's an update. I've just updated and now nothing in the news feed will load, it's completely blank! Everytime they update this app, something else breaks. Very poor developing.

Spicymikey says:

Something else going on there my friend.  It's not the FB app.  Each Build does indeed seem to fix reported bugs.  I personally have not having any serious issues like you reported so look for other causes.  Good luck

Mapantz says:

The check in function is screwed too, it doesn't list half places that are nearby. The last version would load dozens of them. Also, if you searched for somewhere that didn't exist, an option to add that place would come up, that has disappeared now. It's beggers belief how many things get screwed up everytime there's an update.

s3rgiu83 says:

My news feed doesn't update as well.... After the update... I cam see everything before the update but nothing after

ejlee072006 says:

Damn it..i need wp8 soon my 900 is retiring

DonnaxNL says:

I found something; in chat it keeps constantly refreshing now.

edsal says:

Not working anymore after the update and after i uninstalled it and reinstalled it .

It finally fixed the heat issue. Surprised that no one mentioned it.

Duduosf says:

Why is there no version of this app for the WP 7.8? The current version sucks ass!!

When is it coming for WP 7.x

Jelle Jansma says:

Why does Microsoft develop a standard Facebook UI? I use to demonstrate this FB app to demonstrate the great design of the Metro UI to non-Windows users.
I hope the original UI stay's excisting.

C 1 says:

When opening Facebook. some of the feed is missing. I have to leave the newsfeed and go back to it just so everything shows up

fraztto says:

Anyone noticed they added Spanish translation?

gerzhwin says:

Isn't the ability to set your profile picture from a picture you are viewing and actually tagged on something new? Never seen that small icon at the top-left before ...

speed n performance is increased with this update...but still lot of improvement needed....

Looking forward to getting back onto Windows 8 after being on 7.8 with a 820 in for repairs. Its surprising how much I miss this app.

EJP86 says:

Love this way more than the original FB app.

eortizr says:

Still crap. And will always be crap unless is developed by Facebook. Still a 3rd party app meaning you won't get every post or share from your friends. It is totally useless