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Facebook Beta updated: brings inline tagging, photo attachments in messaging, and much more

The original Facebook app on Windows Phone back in the day was pretty bad. Thankfully the forces who can make a difference have over the past few months with the Facebook Beta app. That original beta has since become the official app for Facebook users, but the beta is still going strong. That very beta just received an update to version 5.1.0.1 that brings a slew of new features. Let’s check it out.

Navigate yourself to the Store and you’ll see version 5.1.0.1 of the Facebook Beta app sitting there. The last update at the beginning of August brought emotion support for status updates and general stability/bug fixes. Update or install to find the following new additions:

  • Performance improvements
  • Inline tagging
  • Image attachments in messaging
  • Multile photo upload
  • Save/share photos
  • Navigation improvements

Facebook Beta for Windows Phone

Somewhat of a big update, right? Inline tagging (aka mentioning a friend) is something a lot of you have been wanting for a long time. Also very welcomed is the ability to attach images in a message. Why limit yourself to one photo now that the app supports multiple photo upload? Not a bad update to the beta and performance does seem to be snappier at first blush.

What do you beautiful people think of the latest update? Sound off below.

You can download the Facebook Beta for Windows Phone 8 devices in the Store. You can also use the QR code below or swipe to the right in our app.

Thanks for the tip Alberto M!

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Facebook Beta updated: brings inline tagging, photo attachments in messaging, and much more

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No, it lags now, and is slightly unresponsive at times.. Performance has dramatically decreased... Everyone who notices this please go to settings in the app and give feedback by email...

I definitely disagree, it's much faster on my Nokia 920. The changes are well thought out love how they do the tagging and navigation changes. This is the update I've been waiting for

I never said it was slower.. Performance doesn't only mean speed,, that's a iDroidian way of looking at things... The app now stutters, and lags, when navigating around it.. Like swiping from left to right... It needs a slight performance refinement.

Actually that is the general consensus when you people talk about perf issues. One could say navigation isn't as fluid or smooth. Regardless I don't have those issues right now either and I like the new circle thing that tells you when there are new things in ur feed. Best of luck

OMG, please don't tell me this ://
I'm waiting a improvement in camera for my 820. :/ I get real disapointed with the camera auto-focus, it just can't focus the right way sometimes :/

Mine hasn't become grainy :/. For me even the zoom has improved. in that it is not as grainy as before when u zoomed. My 820 camera has really improve dwith the update

There is a good and a bad side to it.. Its grainy while in the preview, before clicking the photo.. Once it takes the photo its crystal clear.. But the bad side is that its just for the native app.. Camera 360 and nokia smart can give terrible photos..

I'm saying with the Amber update for my 820 it is no longer grainy in the preview.... well unless u turn up the iso all the way to 800.... I onlydo that for the low light shots... before no matter what the picture was grainy

I never said it was slower.. Performance doesn't only mean speed,, that's a iDroidian way of looking at things... The app now stutters, and lags, when navigating around it.. Like swiping from left to right... It needs a slight performance refinement.

Smoother, faster, more responsive, button that shows number of updates and jumps you to the top of your feed. Swipping is smooth, always goes into messages with one tap, can add photos in messages, etc, etc. Def the best update yet, feels like a proper app now, whereas before there were too many little niggles. Thank you MS (at last!).

well ... it's faster on my 520. But more unstable compared to official one. Of course I've reported every crash here and there using feedback feature :)

Much faster for me as well, the navigation improvements seem pretty good as well and seem to be bringing it in line with the apps on other platforms.
Samsung ATIV S with GDR2

Well bro, let me tell you that I had to uninstall every version before this one, minutes after trying it. But I'm highly pleased with this version. It is fast and smooth and seems to be working right so far.

 This is what I was waiting for really glad they added inline tagging. I requested that on Mr. Joe's twitter as well a few times. No lag for me as well.  

We still don't see the new emoticons in the messages though. You simply get an empty line, and you have to open the desktop site to see what someone sent you...
Hope they fix that soon :)

This app really is getting better and better with each update. I ended up deleting the non-beta as this one is doing the job just fine.

"This app really is getting better and better with each update." That sad truth that WP users now dought that un update would make an app better. we really reached that point :( common Windows! just give us everything we want!
btw im just kidding, please dont take this seriously

 

They have been before also. Otherwise the App would not be able to display more data than the integration (App privacy settings don't affect it which is different from how Third Party Apps work).

Honestly, the best improvement I've seen is that they seem to have fixed that damn bug where, after commenting on a post (or a similar action) and going back together the timeline, it would shoot you to the top. At least it seems like they fixed it...we'll have to see.

It's been fixed for me, too.  It did automatically scroll to the top of the current post I was in (which was longer than a single screen).  I am very greatful for this, since it was the one thing that bugged me more than anything in the FB app.
The scroll to top button is also very nice, since it doesn't automagically scroll to the top now.

Mine stopped sending me to the top a few weeks ago. After that fix my enjoyment using this app skyrocketed! Lol.

Yea I hate to say it but yea WP 7.8 was always gonna die. They spent all that time rewriting things. They aren't gonna spend too much time doing everything for 7.8 cuz they are still trying to catch up to apple and android. But I do feel bad for 7.8 users!

Yea they will but I don't think they will have a beta for 7.8 cuz they are just trying to get the features down first then they can fidget with expanding it to 7.8 and the non beta app

Instead of getting upset about it you should be thanking us Windows Phone 8 users for beta testing the new features for you!!!!!

Its awesome that they are still updating the app. Now only if they can fix the tile and toast notification issues as well as the Facebook chat in the messaging hub.

Not for me. Twitter is working perfectly for notifications, even apps I wrote myself, it's Just Facebook... I'm still getting notifications a week later

Yea we r missing a lot. If u go on the suggestions page though the settings on the app u'll see alot of things we don't have. Or better yet go on an iPhone and use their fb app. But hey I love they r still working on it!

I just got 4 emails in rapid succession from uservoice saying some the topics I voted on were closed/completed. Awesome.

Yes, no stickers support, no images in comments... And those damn notifications :/ still this is a very nice update.

That's basic messaging, not chat. You have to go to the three dot menu and hit refresh every time to see new messages.

I never get reliable notifications from the regular Facebook app (not Beta vesion) whereas the ME hub seems to be doing just fine (but messaging is broken). Anyone else has faced this issue of dead notifications ? Any fixes ?

I haven't received a toast or tile notifications in months lol. Hopefully they have fixed this. I use the ME hub for all my notifications anyway.

Same issue.
In the Facebook app (Beta or not) I get notifications days after actually receiving them on Facebook.
In the Me hub, notifications are consistent, but messaging does not work at all. Sometimes doesn't connect, sometimes doesn't give me pushes for new messages.

Everyday at 9-10AM I get a weeks worth of notifications at once. Very irritating as when the phone is on vibrate at work it feels like someone is calling me.

Was anyone in this thread an early adaptor to WP? I bought my 920 the day of release and have the same problem's. My sons 920 via Amazon works perfectly! It's almost like my device is a field test unit. If so, I've had it......
Original focus owner to boot...

Its crazy earlier today I thought of this app being updated and it did so now I just hope we get a snapchat app soon, official or not I just wanna snapchat on my 925!

They now removed messages from the push notifications in the settings ... Not that it was working for me at any point, but it seems they have given up on it :/

I like to think that they're working on it and removed it until it's more perfected. Although, I also believe in magic, ghosts, bigfoot and UFO's, so I may be a little nuts.

I want to make that problem big enough for Daniel Rubino or Sam Sabri to write about it, i really want it to work, if people dont like it is enough for them tu turn it off, but that was the reason i changed to wp8

Why not? Its far better than having an app handle things IMO. I, personally love how the FB chat was just another form of messaging ang not a separate app in itself. Integration is why a lot of people came to WP8, me included.

Well that's wht i was waitin for

Super fast resume, notification for new post , photo upload ......... And much more super improvements!!!

I m lvin it!!

after update,the app keeps on crashing.....btw,great update.....they still need to fix tile and toast notification issues n fb chat....can i share something on my friends wall in fb beta????i dont know how to do dat...

hey how did you do that AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY it goes beyond my computer screen

Multiple photo uploads. Great. But what about multiple photo uploads to a particular album? Not yet possible. Overall seems to be a nice step forward, and by the speed it is going, i see the above feature coming soon.

Finally u can tag ur friends in comments like android fb app...
But still fb chat and push notification need to be improved a lot :)

I can't understand why this updates are not available for wp7.x .... We facebook too and the app sucks big time on 256mb

Um... it's a beta, that's why. Us Windows Phone 8 users are the beta testers so you 7.x users get stable updates so you should be grateful.

Yess...swipe right...tap on event and then tap on upcoming event...there u will see birthdays...select that now it will show of upcoming birthdays in ir friend list.

Sync your Facebook account with emails+accounts, it will automatically show all Facebook birthdays on lock screen and in your calendar.

Sam thinks we're beautiful!!?? Guys guys someone thinks we're beautiful! And by extension me! Guys Sam thinks im.beautiful!

like the little up arrow that points up and takes you to top if you've scrolled down and start scrolling back up. twitter needs something like this. i think the scrolling in general is a little more fluid too. +1 to all comments re: notifications.

twitter already has a way to go back to the top. it's just implemented in a different way. just double tap the home icon and you will be taken back to the top.

It's a great update!
but inline tagging isn't work in Korean (idk about other asian laguages).

and still no change in facebook chat, still dead. can anyone know is gdr2 fixing facebook chat??

Awesome.....*****next update***** , performance update..comming soon!
 
Keep the updates coming Microsoft ! Wahoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo !

just like twitter man. just type @ followed by the name. ex. @daniel
and a list of similar names from your friends will appear and tap the one you want to tag.

Did it always have "check for updates automatically" toggle? Its nice to Microsoft finally using its own APIs efficiently! Wish they could implement it in all their apps including system apps and update them like Windows 8!

Not sure I like the autohide bar at top for photos status and checkin. Prefer the normal bar at the bottom. Also don't like the bubble for scrolling to top. If they move the status, photo checkin to the bottom, they can use the whole row for scrolling to top, like in iOS.

I disagree, if we want more users to adopt Windows Phone then we need to have a consistent appearance with other platforms while adding Windows Phone specific features.

But that's what I mean. It is inconsistent with iOS. In iOS, when you have new items in newsfeed, you get a whole bar sliding down to indicate so. The WP8 equivalent is the bubble, which is like chat-heads in iOS, so it's confusing. Moreover, it breaks consistency within app. When you look at your own timeline, the status button is present on the bottom, but in newfeed, it's not there.

We need more updates like this... This is a huge step in the right direction (and towards being up to par with iOS/Android). I feel like this version runs better than the iPhone version! :D

... because... it's the beta.
They are still using it to test updates. If everything works right they will add it to the official app shortly.

That's a great update with new features worth using. But 1 small fix is still needed. Once you comment or share a post and navigate back to the feed window. The app does and auto update and take you back to the latest feed/post.

Nice update, but messaging could be better in a way, so I don't have to refresh it myself to see if anyone has responded

Finally, photo attachment! On a side note, seeing how everyone says the app gets faster every update, shouldn't it load everything the moment I tap it? :P

I gave up on the app for a proper browsing experience. At least I can send pictures now. For everything else mobile page is enough.

Much smoother and welcome features in this update. I don't understand people's gripe with chat. It's called messaging, same friggin' thing. Aside from that we can all dream about notifications.

Excellent job, It seems stable, except for one crash I had, No problems whatsoever. The only thing me and lots of other folks need is discrete volume for ringer and speakerphone audio, I hope this happens in GDR3.

This is a great update. Tagging in statuses and multiple photo uploads are really welcome additions and its finally pretty much on a par with other platforms.

For some reason, when uploading multiple photos, it defaults to my screenshot folder, and the camera roll has the pics in the wrong order. Either start at the bottom of the list, or put newest pics first.

Facebook Page management is also still missing, but other than that I'm really impressed with the progress on this. :)

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