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Facebook Beta updated with another round of performance improvements

Facebook Beta

We love updates around here. Whether small or big, it doesn’t matter. If you’re coming to a site like ours, you too probably like getting updates. One app that has been getting fairly frequent updates is the beta for Facebook. The developers are always hard at work on it. Today was no exception, the app was just updated. What’s new?

We last saw Facebook Beta updated only a week ago. That update brought “performance improvements and bug fixes”. What’s new today in version 5.1.0.4? So far it looks to be another update aimed not at addressing features, but improving performance and fixing some bugs.

If you notice anything besides that in the latest update, be sure to sound off below.

Interested in the Facebook Beta? It’s available for both Windows Phone 7.x and 8. Grab it in the Windows Phone Store, use the QR code below, or swipe to the right in our app. 

Thanks for the tip Sanjeev!

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Facebook Beta updated with another round of performance improvements

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Thank you!!! I made a similar comment on release of the beta update before this one and someone informed that I obvioulsy don't know how beta's work lol

Or getting a toast 2 hours after you've gotten your email notification... I really hope this update is better. Facebook on our phones is just terrible still.

I don't understand how hard it is to make Facebook messaging real time like all the gazillion messaging apps out there.

I don't get it. This is a MS developed app. When the official FB app arrives, does that mean this code gets thrown away?

This is the official FB app (actually this is the beta, but the non beta official app is available, its just one or two steps behind the beta), Microsoft and Facebook are developing it together.

Hello. As I have always understand it, a beta version is a development platform that they use for just that, development. When the finished version of a program is done, it stoppes being a beta. Which is why I find it so strange that a) you claim that the real non-beta version of The Facebook app is Several steps behind the beta, which is a contradiction in itself and b) the beta version is now called 5.0.0 or what ever. To me, a beta is just a quick development before the finished program or app is released. Most betas only live for a couple of months before they are released as finished apps or programs or webpages. I hope you understand what I'm trying to say and welcome your reply /
Chriz Dean

He's saying that there is an official Facebook app (by Microsoft) that doesn't have the beta designation. It does not have all the features of the beta version, despite the version number.

No, this is not the official from Facebook. Is a workaround app using Facebook API from Microsoft. Unlike on iOS and Android, Facebook has no support for this app. If you ask me, most apps on Windows Phones are just 3rd party alternatives - including ones from MS. That sucks.

It isn't a "workaround" Facebook app by Microsoft, it is the official Facebook app for Windows Phone developed and published by Microsoft in collaboration with Facebook. You have to remember that Microsoft own about 2% of Facebook and they work together a lot to integrate their services in Windows Phone and Bing and other Microsoft services.

I would like to know why we don't see any Instagram pictures when in our News Feed? Doesn't matter if using WP's native integration with Facebook or the Beta App.

I wish they can fix notification and built in Facebook chat. I mean that was one of the reason why I bought this phone and that was for the built in Facebook chat. I still got tons of confidence in Windows Phone and love it but I wish they fix this fast.

Sometimes when it says "Can't Connect to chat" it's actually referring to the messenger service, not facebook chat. Only way to know for sure is swipe left and check who's online. If you see facebook friends as available, then your facebook chat integration is fine (relatively, of course).
 
Lately facebook chat integration's been working. Almost perfect. it still misses a few messages here and there but better than before. i hope they get it fixed for good though.

Mine is working just fine after the update of GDR2 and Amber, was looking for it and now it works very fine, service is always UP..

Mine has been working very well as well. I even got a toast from the app saying " Tom sent you a message". The Facebook app toast is very rare though but it shows Microsoft it working on it. The built in chat is on point now though .

I don't really think there are updates being performed. We're being fed the digital version of a placebo and our minds are telling us the app seems to be running better.

Ahah, spot on! Because after all, how many updates does it take to have notifications working? It took Rudy Huyn 1 month of his free time to make a 100% working instagram app. It takes 2 years to MS to have a half working FB app. One can only laugh :)

You think it's that complex that it takes 2 years and a company the size of Microsoft to not have a 100% working app? It feels like there's two interns working part time on this. It's just pathetic.

It's pathetic how people twist reality.
They haven't been working on the same app for two years.
It's amazing that people can think Microsoft is incompetent, while at the same time expect them to walk on water because they "so big".

As a user i don't care, and i am well aware that this is not the same app. That even makes matters worse. They reset the development of the Facebook app (acknowledging the previous' only salvation was the bin) and even still they couldn't address on the "new" one the most basic things that any user expects to find, and can actually find on the competition. I'm kind of a WP ambassador on my group of friends, and i actually got many friends to switch, but it's extremely embarrassing when they come back complaining about this or that, and naturally this FB app comes number one in the list. It's sad to see less commitment from MS on their own platform than, what you can see in many people like me. And if i cannot comment and "whine" on Windows Phone Central, maybe i'll whine to people next time they tell me "wow your phone is cool" and let them know instead what's wrong with the platform.

It's the same. At least on 7.x. I have 2 lumia 800 devices and i installed the update on one of them. The, i navigate through the app to see the performance and no. There is no difference except 2 things. The check for update option from settings work now and two radio buttons' design is changed.

Finally! For me, lack of languages (such as Polish) was one of the most annoying things about that app, beside all the other bugs. I just like to have basic apps (like Facebok, or YouTube) in my native language.

Quickly off topic: where do I submit an app for Sam or Daniel to review?? I don't know how I would let them know about an app that mistakenly I came across that might be useful for everyone

Has anyone else noticed the problems with the double wide live tile? It's supposed to show the cover photo from your profile but never updates to do so

I like how in settings they have the list of things you can get notifications for and how it doesn't have a box for facebook messages/chats. It's like they're acknowledging that they can't get it to work. It couldn't be that hard, surely....

Still waiting for the Stickers support for Messaging/Fb Chat. View and send stickers + download addn'l stickers from the Stickers Store. Audio messages will be good, too.

Here's a list of improvements I've noticed with 5.1.0.4

  • Fixed the bug where in the "Photos" app only the 24 most recent photo albums are displayed. Now shows them all.
  • Posts with tags now display properly. For example, they now read: Exploring NYC with John Doe at Statue of Liberty,
  • Added more languages.

Here are the bugs still present:

  • The white line that appears when selecting the top three Facebook icons. This first appeared in 5.1.0.3.
  • When uploading photos and selecting an existing album, the app crashes if selecting a folder before the list is finished loading completely.
  • The "to the top" arrow is takes is very hard to tap. The sensitivity is awful.

 

Agree! And still waiting for my friends activities to become visible, such as: likes and comments, tags, they post that are not related to mine. Instagram posts are also nowhere to be found on the newsfeed...

Am I correct that there is no way to turn of the built in chatt in the app and to keep it off? I like WP better then the app.

You can, swipe to the left go to settings> notifications> switch all off.

I switched all off because how crappy the push notifs are on the app.

This is not turning off the built-in chat function. I am also looking desperately to turn it off. Why is it working in the android and ios versions, but not for wp8?

I wish they could show Foursquare posts in the app. Everytime someone posts in my foursquare activity, I have to go to the browser, or my iPad Facebook app

Whats new: You can now tap the primary pic and it leads you straight to the Profile pictures album. Try it! This feature is not available on the official app still.

<blockquote>So far it looks to be another update aimed not at addressing features, but improving performance and fixing some bugs.</blockquote>
In the application is added, among others Polish language !

I can't believe after all these years how bad the fb app is. What is the problem really??? Is it crappy fb APIs? Is it a MS problem?

Neither toast or tile notifications are working on my end as well.. How many others have this problem I wonder? Not many are complaining about this....

it will take several years more for them to complete this app. slowpoke. Anyway, I wasn't expect anything new on this update. Came here to read rage comments from people. Not disspointed.

Definitely that was my point. Microsoft launched FB 2 years ago for WP7 and currently we got only half working fb app on both WP7 and WP 8. Maybe you are new to Windows Phone. WELCOME.

got a lumia 925 installed the beta app and the cover photo doesn't show up on the live tile, but does on my 820. experiened with 5.1.0.3 and 5.1.0.4. works fine with the current stable facebook though.

When and why did they decide to replace the app bar buttons with those at the top à la Android? Sometimes they're gone for me (when scrolling) :S

seems to me i can't upload photos, especially inside a closed group. i also want the ability to post documents stored in my phone in a group

You talking about the official Twitter app?
Man, it works like a charm for me, as a matter of fact, it's nearly the only app that notifications work 100% of the time.

As long as half of the posts in the newsfeed and timelines are missing, this app is complete garbage! Fix that first god damn it! There is not a single other priority. The most basic thing Facebook should do - and is about. And the app can't show you. I mean what's the point of opening the app, if you know that you only see 70% of what's there. I rather visit the mobile facebook website then.

Photo uploading is much easier now. It appears that the camera roll list starts at the bottom/most recent now. Was having to use the non-beta version for photos and the beta for everything else.

The toast notification on windows phones JUST sucks.. The only thing that works well are text,email,vm,ESPN hub,words by post, even wpcentral won't even update the tile until you tap on it

Updating fb does 0, I still get messages on the "live" ( not live) tile that I recieved a message and that message was 11 days ago and I deleted the thread. It's all hype MS is hoping that the placebo effect will kick in and we'll think that it's better because they said it was updated. It's still a broken system and you can't keep trying to fix a broken system it needs a new application -period !

When adding a photo to a post, I found the update remembers the last album I was in. And when selecting a different album, you are taken to the bottom-latest-images in the album (like the Picture Hub).

Dont get me wrong but it seems like the whole windows phone 8 is a beta, missing lots of features and not even a decent fb app, man this app has been in beta for months wtf, and it still slow, it reacts seconds after i touch anything,...and why are notifications such a difficult thing with wp8? Is it the main system or what? , just letting some steam out

To me, WP is full of alternative apps. Even Instagram has lots of alternatives out there. Next are YouTube, Dropbox, etc. All the apps are at the mercy of APIs by the service providers. Just plain sucks.

Yes I too would also like to see a fix for the toast notifications coming threw sometime after the reply, post or whatever has appeared on Facebook. Sometimes it can be a few hours after the message has been posted. Most annoying.