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Facebook Beta for Windows Phone 8 overhauled with new design and features

Facebook Beta has finally received the highly anticipated refresh that Microsoft's Joe Belfiore mentioned during his recent Reddit AMA. The update brings the popular app up to version 5.3.0.1 (8.3.0.1) for those on Windows Phone 8 and 8.1, respectively. In addition, a detailed changelog has been added, noting a range of improvements including a new, more Modern layout.

Facebook Beta 5.3 (8.3)

  • Updated design
  • Improved performance
  • Video upload
  • Support for additional languages

The new UI design in 5.3 includes a News Feed text banner at the top with a Search button and list of current contacts online. Below the new header are five icons, which include quick access to News Feed, Friend Requests, Messages, Notifications and your profile.

Rounding off the new scheme is a new bottom bar, which features three buttons for Status, Photo uploading and Check-in. It's with that middle option, Photo, that users can now select a video to upload to their Facebook account, joining WhatsApp with privileged OS access to said feature. It's clear that the new design moves away from the iOS-inspired version to a more Modern, Windows Phone one, which should please many in our audience.

Besides the new UI design, there is, of course, the usual 'improved performance' and additional languages support, making this quite a significant update.

Noticing anything else about the new Facebook 5.3 refresh? Let us know in comments!

Thanks, everyone, for the tips!

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dhruv07 says:

Lalalalalalalallalalalaallala awesomeeeeee...!!!!

This is wht I was waiting for

ahmu86 says:

Do people still use FB... I only use it for candy crush and cloud raiders..

@ahmu86
Yes, people still actually use Facebook to keep in touch with friends and relatives.

MrPhilicorda says:

He's probably one of the older generation who thinks if you are on Facebook you don't have any real friends.

I'm 27and all I actually call my real friends.

Aren Clegg says:

Wtf? I don't call anyone, I text them! And I'm 35. ;)

hs k says:

Wtf? I'm 21 and I don't have any friends. *sulks in the corner*

tbonenga says:

To much texting not enough sexing;)

Jazmac says:

Awesome. So do I.

MrPhilicorda says:

I'm 38 and I actually meet my friends. And use Facebook.

JoRdaNeK says:

I'm 29 and own ever episode of Friends on VHS

nizzon says:

And I bet you plan big parties and get-togethers with a notebook and phone calls and send out invitations and information with the post office. Idiot.

MrPhilicorda says:

Maybe he only has imaginary friends.

WPmunkey says:

He can't even get those

sunnybyday says:

Actually Facebook is really popular amongst "older generation". Levis effect .. its no longer cool among teens, it seems. They have more or less moved on.

pallentx says:

The teens moved on when their parents signed up. They actually want something like Facebook, but without parents, hence to constant search for something less traceable that they can control more. I think we will find this generation embracing FB more when they get out on their own and care less if their parents approve of what they post online.  

lesd777 says:

I don't need to know when my buddies are using the restroom or out eating pancakes.

ahmu86 says:

I was a fb addict untill 3 years back... When people would actually shared their lives... What's new and all that stuff... Now a days people will mostly share some random pictures, memes or other forwards, marketing stuff. FB is no more the warm and personal place it used to be...now a days I mostly use WhatsApp to get in touch with my friends and family... Especially WhatsAppgroup chats...with different groups for different set of ppl... Business group, cousins group, apartments group...Yeah and i am 28 years old... And I cant play candy crush since switching over to my Lumia 1320... :(

dalydose says:

There's always one that has to make this kind of statement.

MikeSo says:

Yeah but you're just too cool.

E Lizzle says:

You can still log into FB? I thought it closed down months ago because no one was using it.

MrPhilicorda says:

Perhaps you misunderstood how it's working. You have to send friend requests in order to add people you know. It sure looks empty if you don't.

jfmanzo says:

Well over a billion people, yes.

Do people still play Candy Crush?

QilleRz says:

I use FB. Mainly for my college study. And this is a great update.

RockmanNeo says:

Do people still play Candy Crush?

Caikems says:

The hipster is strong in this one.

cuwe says:

F Awesome !

afnan_mc says:

Downloading it now. :)
But am I the only one who thought the current one is very well designed.? If it wasn't for the performance, it'd have been perfect.

afnan_mc says:

Wow. Wasn't sure I'd like the design. Very very good work. :D

guillams says:

The designe was made for a member of this forum, @Im_q he did the idea!

afnan_mc says:

I highly doubt that. The UI elements are a natural progression. Looks familiar like the iOS and Android apps. Not to mention, pretty sure they'd been working on the app long before the member made his concept designs. I could be wrong, but I'm quite certain.

This design already on Android phones

Wael Hasno says:

The original Facebook app had a nice design too before it was changed to the previous one.

ariez84 says:

ugh. no. It was horrible.

Might look good at first glance, but use it for more than 30 seconds and you'll realize why it was abandoned.

BataBole says:

Seems faster now. No joke.

jimv2000 says:

They could have drawn the newsfeed on paper and mailed it to me and it would have been faster than the old app.

I still can't download file like doc or pdf...

matheee says:

not so awesome! profile pics in contact hub are now low quality!!

As you open each contact it updates the pic quality

Going back to beta now... Lol
Kept the official due to 8.1

Not good as iOS or Android, needs improvement.

Yayoman says:

oh shut up and leave this place

neo158 says:

STFU and go back to iMore, Android Central or whatever hole you crawled out of!!!!

akaliel says:

Well, he has a point.  It's still missing a lot of functionality.  I can't hide posts from friends who spam me with game invites, I can't sort the news feed (although I can with the non-beta Facebook app).  It's definitely faster and looks prettier, but it would be nice to have the feature gap filled.

tbonenga says:

Hmm if you have to hide post maybe you should delete them.
You're right the sort option is gone THANK GOD. On Android it always defaults to top everytime. Even when you set it for most recent it still has post from 2 days ago mixed in. There's probably a few people that like top but the majority like recent. So they should just leave that feature alone.

jimv2000 says:

Yeah, they did a lot for the performance and feel of the application, but it's still missing things from the other platforms' apps.  Nothing too major, and I'm sure they'll get added in time.  At least now the experience is bareable.

Acbuono5 says:

When is the non beta app going to be updated?

Cryio says:

2 weeks at max.

Now this is a nicely done Facebook experience for Windows Phone. Finally!

lordbebech says:

Ehh is Better but still, JDB for facebook way better, although slower.

Still very slow to load the live feed...not being sarcastic (Seems faster comment kinda ruins anyone's comment regarding performance)

plasmid_uk says:

It's not slow at all. Slow data connection perhaps or a slower phone? I'm on an an 8X and it's nippy.

pierrerv says:

That's the fastest Facebook app I've used... Ever!

reda igbaria says:

@Daniel Rubino, the app now support voice command through cortana

Nice one, its about time someone did something

Hector Cantu says:

looks pretty good... downloading...

itsmewasim says:

Supports photo comments?

Dave_Arg says:

Not yet, but still awesome update

josonjoy1986 says:

Still no...... Sorry to disappoint you.

hagjohn says:

U guys sure. I can add/view comments to photos.

AuraTigital says:

He meant viewing photos in comments not comments in photos.

suraj.das says:

Maybe we should start calling it "Phomments" so that people understand xD

he is asking about adding photo as a comment not commenting to photos.

Arka1412 says:

He is asking whether we can see photo comments given by others..

em1ke says:

Nope. And it's a shame! :/
 

poddie says:

Photo comments needed. Also, it still dumps you all the way down to the bottom of the list of comments if you like one at the top. VERY frustrating. Very nice looking and resumes really quick though.

Will it work on 8.1??

The screen isn't a disadvantage for me... Have a huge screen with 300+ppi makes the device standout

topleya says:

It's essentially intended for it

WTF..dint u read the article?

aerosmillie says:

Ooh lovely. Just made my Tuesday a little better :)

duraz0rz says:

Time to go back to the beta app!

BRC1711 says:

What does the plus number even mean?

it is a like... like a +1 but everyone uses their phone number. Like me:

+822

Cryio says:

It's like a "+1", but with our Lumia model instead of "1"

CorentinMiq says:

+2440 (+1520 +920)
:D

S_C_B says:

+920

Posted via the WPC App for Android!

cwc2311 says:

+3540 (+1020 & +2520)

lkcbharath says:

+525 keep this running :D

Amran Nagal says:

Have they fixed the news feed showing only fan pages?
Oh wait no. Still unusable. -.-

astroXP says:

Change your Facebook newsfeed settings. Don't blame the app for that.

crise says:

It is the app!!!!

Xellsama says:

Get more FB friends? Change Newsfeed to view Most Recent rather than Most Popular? This is a user specific issue, nothing to do with the app.

Blacklac says:

That option is apparently gone...

Amran Nagal says:

No this has been affecting a lot of users, I have asked around.
Been on Windows phone since 2012.
Its been like this since then.
It's an app issue and my news feed is set to most recent.

oscarbum says:

I'm having trouble finding the Most Recent setting. Where'd they hide it now?

neo158 says:

Facebook Website is where you'll find that option, it isn't an app setting.

eskerrik says:

Previous version had that option inside the app. That's why people are asking for it.

Sicarius123 says:

Is there an app setting on the website? Or are apps "Top News" rubbish only now? At least m.facebook is most recent.

bleargh says:

Disregard, mine hadn't updated properly yet..

 

 

crise says:

No it's the app. Fact.

I have friends' posts showing on my newsfeed in the app, is that what you mean?

Amran Nagal says:

I have no friends posts, like literally zero.

I think that must be your settings then.

Surely it must be a settings issue or everyone would be experiencing it...? You are remembering that settings do not save over all your devices, yes?

Mine is the same. There are a few friends posts mixed in, but very few.

Arka1412 says:

I can see all my frnds post pretty well...

SamiSaifDine says:

Why No TOP STORIES feature???

Same here , I hated the micro facebook app from this thing :( 

BRC1711 says:

The android and IOS app has no top stories feature as well i think

Blacklac says:

They both have Top Stories, unless it was very recently removed. I just showed my buddy how to switch to Most Recent on his 5S, a couple weeks ago cause he noticed he wasnt getting all the stories he should be. My Android tablet (Nexus 7 2013) defaults to Top Stories and you have to navigate to Most Recent, every freaking time... Unless I'm missing a permanent setting somewhere...

i can't imagine if this was what joe belfiore talking about -huge update- . and missing  lots of features :(

blackprince says:

Maybe it was Pinterest

cj1016 says:

While I can't find an option for it like the Android client, it appears that the News Feed is by default the Most Recent. At least in my testing anyway. Thank goodness

Noticed that too.  How come there is no way of changing that to Top Stories?  How hard is it really to program this thing?

spazzmeister says:

I can't believe some people prefer top stories to most recent. Crappy android has most recent hidden away =(

even browser version and Windows 8 app

OMG, I *hate* the Top Stories feature. Pisses me off having to do Most Recent every other time I load the app or site.

David P2 says:

Agreed... why would anyone prefer a setting that defeats the object of a "timeline" ie things are in a sequential order?

rajantiwari says:

Now that is what we call true "seems-faster" app

monthigos says:

It's definitely loading content faster.

astroXP says:

I'm glad the moved away from the old iOS design. On a sidenote, now we get two hamburger buttons lol

Vin-dowz says:

What do you mean for hamburger buttons? The ones that bring in the side list and chat list?

pauleyKills says:

Now it is definitely faster!!!

to me its slower too, but granted its still in Beta phase. Fresh look is so needed, thumbs up for the update

louisoneal says:

Seems something something.....

steppyhen says:

Very 'Windows Phone' - glad they've gone for a more 'Metro' look again with this app. Gorgeous design! Well done Microsoft/Facebook!

Only gripe I have is I can't see a toggle for Top Stories/Most Recent - although it seems to be set on Most Recent so I'm happy (for now)!

eshy says:

I guess now that iOS deign is more 'metro' it makes sense for Facebook to move in that direction

ScubaDog says:

How do you get that it looks more Metro?  It definitely does NOT look Metro to me.  Sure, you can pivot between the menus, but because it doesn't look like a typical Metro app, the pivot is NOT intuitive.  #Fail

unnatixlr8 says:

People complain when they don't update the design. And they also complain when they do change the design. Critics critics everywhere.

joe_easton says:

time to download the beta again!

 

Can i have both the beta and production installed on my phone without any issue?

SEKKDS says:

...and please correct me if I am mistaken, but in order to have theintegration of FB info into your Windows Phone (People Hub, etc....) you need the final version. Thus, you'll have both beta and final on the phone, right?

SEKKDS says:

....hmmm, nevermind.

pallentx says:

Nope. You can run the Beta only.

neo158 says:

As others have said, all you need is the beta. Just make sure you allow it to connect with your phone and perform an initial sync manually.

anandv427 says:

There is no friends update...only about liked pages is available... Why is it so.?.. In internet explorer I can see all my friends activities.

pdelvo says:

Only "issues" are that you get notifications twice

TechAbstract says:

You can turn off in WP settings and Facebook apps

junotKiichi says:

Wow its cool...

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