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Facebook beta for Windows Phone 8 updated with improved notifications, new Live Tiles

Although it’s a bit early in the week, the Facebook team has pushed out yet another update for the beta app on Windows Phone 8. Version 5.2.0.3 is now live in the Store, a bump in 0.0.0.1 version numbers.

That means we’re not expecting anything revolutionary with this update, although the developers do have a rather detailed changelog that falls under the rubric of version “5.2”. (Edit: turns out this may be a pretty big update after all).

According to the changelog, here’s what is new:

  • Faster and more reliable notifications
  • Toasts for Facebook chat
  • Redesigned primary tile
  • Redesigned secondary tiles for chat, events, groups, pages, and photo albums
  • Messaging improvements
  • Performance improvements
  • Support for additional languages

We’re not 100% sure that all came with today’s update, rather it seems like a backlog of changes starting with the 5.2.x.x, which began earlier this month. Regardless, updates are updates and we’re going to assume things are better with this 0.0.0.3 update over 0.0.0.2.

Notice anything new? Let us know in comments.

Update: Microsoft's Joe Belfiore just Tweeted "Get our latest #FB beta update now! Push chat, more languages & our best live tiles yet!" with the above screenshot of the new Tiles.

Head to the Windows Phone Store now to grab the latest Facebook beta app.

Via: Plaffo

QR: Facebook

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Not for WP 7.x :(

SenneVc says:

Drop your phone, break the screen, like I did, force yourself to buy a new one

Fellipe Abib says:

LOL
That's evil dude

SenneVc says:

Looks like my lumia 800 wasn't unbreakable after al ;)
- lumia 925 on the way

Saiyaku says:

First World solutions for Third World problems :|

walter1832 says:

Breaking News: ATT selling 520 for $49.99 starting tomorrow!

mikeeemm says:

I got me a LG g2 for $50 peace out WP. Ill probably be back in 2 years

harchestr says:

Yeah but you're still under contract.

Duduosf says:

My 925's screen cracked on Saturday, and depending on how much I'll be charged to repair it, I might be considering to move on to the HTC One. I really dislike Samsung's TouchWiz skin, but HTC did an excellent job with the One. The phone looks fantastic and Android doesn't seem neither laggy or confused in it - the Sense skin is awesome.
My only drawback is the upcoming 8.1 update, which I'm really looking forward to! Plus, I just love my 925. But if WP Blue fails to impress me, this change will be necessary.

My friend think twice before  you go with Sense UI its crap its heavy and it removes the android experience from the OS... if you need my opinion go with Moto X anything that doesnt have heavy customization even Huaweis Emotion UI is better than sense and touch wiz

Duduosf says:

You think so?? Every review I saw, people said only good things about the Sense UI - except for the non-removable BlinkFeed. In Pocketnow, particularly, they said they even prefer the HTC One with the Sense over the Google Stock edition. But I gotta agree with you on that, Samsung + TouchWiz is crap.

Rauliulian says:

I have a NL800 and I have waited for a 5", but nokia made a 6"...I bought a nexus :( I'll be back when a 5" will be available...I really like wp and nokia.

Eas195 says:

Lumia 929 will come with 5" display, dude :)

Rauliulian says:

Not e everybody lives in America, and Nokia emailed me that 929 will not be available for Europe.

CronGM says:

Agreed. I realize that not everyone has the money to invest in a new device, but WP 7.X really should be dead by now. It was poorly managed, and the sooner it goes away, the better. Hopefully with the upcoming Lumia 525 you can have a great WP 8 smartphone in the cheap. :)

I'm waiting to see the same thing happen to wp8 once they announce wp8.1. If I'm wrong -I'll buy a new wp device, but otherwise I'm switching to anything else.

Mafiatounes says:

You are missing out on a lot of apps, and a better improved OS overal, it's time to switch to WP8!

Blade800 says:

Why did they stopped updating it for 7.8. This is the third update which didnt go for 7.8 as well :(

kc77 says:

They stopped updating it because it's not the product they're marketing anymore. Its an old OS that they don't care about. The point is to get people to upgrade to WP8, not to hold onto the past and complain when they only update the WP8 version. They're trying to kill off 7 which is a fantastic idea.

I know how you feel, I was a wp7 owner and I switch to wp8 because I realize what was happening. Enjoy your phone and when you get the opportunity sell it or something and If you want, switch to wp8 :) Thats the best thing I can tell you. (Was what I did)

Blade800 says:

I curenntly cant afford a new phone so its not really professional from them to "not care" about 7.8 users anymore. If I could I would by a WP8 phone but I cant. I must stick with this one for a while.

But look I am not complaining about things that WP8 have and 7.8 dont have, but when you UPDATE the APP for both platforms and then just suddenly stop for 7.8 its just stupid and especially just right before a crucial update like this. 

meddyrainzo says:

It's not "unprofessional". You don't expect MS to still be supporting Windows Vista do you?

MaXi32 says:

I want to be the top commenter to inform you that, finally the notification is working perfectly! Took them about 3 years though. Still mad.

blackdaemon says:

Guys, it's not always about not having money for wp8 phone. Like for me it's about availability. I have NL800 and I love it. But there's no wp8 alternative. Either it's too big or it does not have amoled display.

I use 920, but have kept my 800 as a secondary phone. I love the 800 design. They should keep it and move on to WP8 with some hardware changes.
 

jiffffy pop says:

Every update seems to make the app load faster. But than again I forgot how slow the old app version was.

Rem97 says:

Placebo effect ;)

walter1832 says:

Placebo effect seems faster
 

Jaskys says:

Oh my god... Better notifications? Is this true or im just dreaming?

john-vogel says:

Getting Facebook-Message Notifications in time now.. How awesome is that!

Jaskys says:

Woooooooahh, i feel like im high.

john-vogel says:

Even the  Facebook Chat Page is now showing new messages without reloading.

To much to believe!

Jaskys says:

Indeed, really hard to believe that FB app got crucial improvements.

I belived for a while, until my notifications stop!

h_portal says:

I had pinned the Messages tile but still nothing, on the other side I receive Fb chat notifications from the Messenger Hub instantaneously :D

trmnrs says:

If we have push chat on the FB app does this mean they're abandoning the built-in FB chat in the Messaging app? Having both there to use would seem kind of confusing...

Pratik Mehta says:

Now suppose am using the fb chat (integrated one). Will i get the notifications from the app+messaging?

h_portal says:

I think you will, just as the "Me" tile and "Twitter" for example, we can Tweet from "Me" or "People" Hub .

 

Pratik Mehta says:

Frustrating. Isnt?

h_portal says:

I quite like it, because I can rapidly answer a tweet from "Me" instead of launching the app, also Me tile doesnt sound when updates are coming, so is not disturbing, at least for me.

FayadNazim says:

for me the chat page is not updating itself. I had to refresh the page the see the new message, didnt get toast notifications also for the chat 

walter1832 says:

Wake Up! Time to go to school. You'll miss your bus!

muitosabao says:

well, let's wait and see. not going to celebrate too soon. we've seen this promise way too many times.

NykoAlly says:

*slaps you

Not dreaming.

Daakkon says:

So far notifications seem to be working. :D

fwaits says:

Mine have started working very reliably since the update earlier this morning.  So far, so good, NOTICABLE improvement.

Ultimateone says:

Umm this shouldn't that all mean this is a HUGE update? everyone has been waiting for notification fixes etc

Vinc1992 says:

When are we getting the final version? We've been using the beta version over 7 months now,if I'm not mistaken.

sasukeluffy says:

It will always be there, it's the evolving version, thefinal vrrsion is there it just gets more features slower but more reliably.

Nik Rolls says:

Features come to beta before being rolled out to the non-beta. Non-beta released a few months ago.

Judge_Daniel says:

There are non-beta and beta versions in the store. The beta gets updated just about every week and the non-beta gets big updates every once in a while.

Danlocker says:

Seems faster..

tydytek says:

Nope, does not seem faster, it is faster. Seriously.

wsrobert says:

Definitely faster. Comparing to fb on nexus 5 its on par. Images still load a hair slower. Everything else is super smooth/fast.

niynavi says:

When the stickers gonna available???

Al_2 says:

Wow. Chat notifications actually work. If you pin the chat tile the tile counter updates on that tile only and not the main one. If you don't pin the chat tile, the main tile updates. I'm actually impressed!

Chats still don't seem to update in real time though, and there's no sticker support still. Hopefully that'll come.

loofmodnar says:

I don't know about you but I've got stickers in mine now. 

loofmodnar says:

I don't know about you but I've got stickers in mine now. 
I can see stickers, not send them. I don't use them very often.

Charles Wang says:

Same here, though the resolution on the stickers are very low. One step at a time eh!

Tafsern says:

Works great, and faster :)

Shobiz says:

Not for Windows Phone 7

Daakkon says:

Now we just need general speed improvements, chat heads, etc.. It would be nice to be able to chat through the app and have it load instantly like on other platforms. Sucks for me because my built in fb chat won't let me connect. :(

topleya says:

Chat heads will likely never happen in Windows Phone, its an OS limitation not the app.

I for one hope it stays that way, if we open the way to app being able to be in your face and in front of the OS, then WP might as well just be Droid

h_portal says:

Twitter notifies instantaneously. The Messaging hub is great, it feels better then using an app (I am also an iPhone user), however It would be nice if Facebook notification work as well as Twitter's (or Instagram, or Vine...etc)

paras chugh says:

this is HUGE........and yeah thats what she said ;p

sicarmy says:

After some tests, push notifications seems to be working fine!

For the first time since wp7, I actually see a notification instantly on fb app! WP is now becoming more complete each day..!

paras chugh says:

when will the update come for the normal fb app?

1jaxstate1 says:

Going to go grab this. I've yet to see any type of notification from the FB app, of any kind. 

Ultimateone says:

TOASTS WORK PERFECT OH MAIIII GAWD

walter1832 says:

....Look at her butt!

Peter Juras says:

What a confusing article. Take your time guys, don't publish until you have at least gathered everything that was available when the update came out ...

Rem97 says:

Them live tiles make me want to make Facebook again, just because they look amazing!

huismeester says:

It is still an F**CKING SHIT app no popup notifications and no loading instagram photo,s in the app.

 

neo158 says:

Ah, you're using the Stable release not the beta!!

awemon says:

Touch response on notification is improved but the visited item doesn't get refreshed

Shane says:

Fast, Fast, Fast.....

walter1832 says:

....and furious?

andrijankara says:

It's great update, notification works and app is much faster when resuming it from multitasking

zsolo1122 says:

OH god, I'm in tears, after 2 years... thanks god

We really need more features..maybe I will drop the fb app and go for the beta

awneze says:

The rate at which this app gets updated, reminds me of android apps (cos they get updated like everyday). So does hat mean that most android apps are in beta?

topleya says:

The updates on droid apps are usually because of the fragmentation on the OS.

You update an app on droid and you make it work for a Samsung device, but in the process you break for a HTC, so you update to fix the HTC issues and that breaks it for an LG, you fix it for LG and that breaks it for Samsung.

Then you add in the different models within each brand and then different versions of the OS and realise why droid apps are constantly being updated.

eortizr says:

You are so wrong in your statement, and the fact that you use the word 'droid' to refer to 'Android OS'  tells me that you don't know what are you talking about.

fwaits says:

To be fair, lots of people are doing that.  Grats Verizon on a successful marketing campaign that for the most part launched Android into relevance.

Brad Lambert says:

I really don't appreciate this new logo. Perhaps a poll is in order?

Looks great! Will download it as soon as possible.

Baryex86 says:

This is a pretty huge update. Its working perfectly. :D

topleya says:

I love how the notifications actually work and the live tile changes, but dislike that the cover photo no longer shows and it just shows a blue tile with a Facebook F on it

RobinPaul says:

Waw, I thought I was the only one with this problem hihi

Jf.Vigor says:

Ugh couldn't stand seeing my cover photo. I like that the reguilar is tile actually a normal app tile, and it only gets all graphically when you get a notification

Levi Meyer says:

Notifactions are finally working on my 920,but doesn't seem to work on my wife's 620. I also dislike that the cover photo is no longer showing on the big tile, Bring it back please!

huismeester says:

NO link whit instagram i dont no why

funny that joe would tweet about facebook app update.. :|

anywho, always nice to have updates with more than just "bug fixes and performance improvements" :)

Dadstar0410 says:

I switched to the actual Facebook app because the performance of the beta was too sluggish. This update may be reason enough to come back.

Plystre says:

Finally Norwegian language :D

toph36 says:

Notificaitons have never worked for me in Facebook or Twitter.  Besides Text message, the only app that I get toast notificaitons for is NFL Mobile.  It actually works great.

As for the Facebook live tile, until now I just use the ME tile.  I will give this a chance once it is updated.

Twitter has always worked flawlessly for me.

RusB says:

In my feed am still seeing dozens of random people (I'm not friends with) wish a person (i am friends with) Happy Birthday after this update.

JoRdaNeK says:

Haha me too, but isn't it strange that it only seems to be happy birthday posts from randoms and never general chat? Its as if it knows that this will piss you off due to the influx!

Coyax says:

you see them because they write on your friends timeline

Andr3sfc says:

Looks promising. I'll wait for the non-beta update.

JoRdaNeK says:

Seems more like itself in different ways....and faster in slo-mo mode

eortizr says:

Still a piece of crap, my News Feed in this app is a mess, missing a lot of post from friends, like when a friend is listening to an albmum or if a friend was tagged, etc.  its just garbage.  staying with the mobile.facebook.com

visnit14 says:

Yeah,that's the biggest issue Microsoft should address asap.It forces you to go back to the web version or apps like jdb for Facebook.But other than that a beautiful app.

haamid_qadri says:

Hmmm going to check it now after reading so much positive comments.

QilleRz says:

Ya, same. Going to get it.

Installed the update on my 1020, all of a sudden the app couldn't load, kept crashing to the ERROR REPORT message. Uninstalled it and reinstalling it now. I hope it works....

louisoneal says:

Faster.....that's about all I can generically say.

Jf.Vigor says:

Cant lie, that livetile is gorgie when you get a notification. Almost surreal now that it's working. Got used to not working.

Cant believe the notifications work, messaging its a lot better! Already turn off the native messaging system to use the facebook app one!

RobinPaul says:

wel when u turn off the native messaging system, you will not be online anymore even tho on the facebook app you are logged in and online. I checked it on my dads account and i was online even when i was using the facebook app. it's weird.

cooljatt says:

What i get all my notifications on really that i receive a message or notifications from my account am i dreaming or Microsoft work hard to improve the fb app.... ^_~

Arka1412 says:

when will we get the original Facebook app like they have in ios and android????

eortizr says:

Probably never.  MS convinced FB that they could do the app using MS resources, so FB just stepped away and left MS to do it.  The thing is that since it is not developed by FS, it still technically a 3rd party app and therefore not fully supported by FS.

I think your information is not entirely correct.

rockstarzzz says:

Its not correct in the slightest.

Viswaviz says:

Cnt pin the event in home screen

Robbie95 says:

Medium tile still not great, the text to big for the tile, looks rough

Corvodin says:

Aw good Ballmer above, thank you !

Jagar Tharn says:

i turned of notifications because they never work and i have the people hub notifications , other than that the groups live tile is quite handy

juanit0134 says:

It works.. It actually WORKS!

Calintz Tan says:

Is it me or am i still receiving 0 toast notification? Tried using my 2nd account to post and chat. :(

deadwrong03 says:

Why would u need notifications for Facebook chat when the messenging hub delivers messages just fine

QilleRz says:

It's working, it's working !

huismeester says:

It works only on android or ios they are the real Os

Try again. I hear iPhone users complaining about FB all the time.

srslykev says:

Wow, I am pretty much blown away! First reliable notifications in an official Windows 8.1 App and now this!

It was great, now 20 minutes after being a happy person, notifications stopped!

srslykev says:

don't mess with me

afgzee says:

you can even pin messages to the start screen, almost like a facebook messenger app, i like it, but a seperate app would have been better. finally getting notifications instatly even for messages. This is a huge update, really happy now.

All we need is google to stop acting like an arse and allow us a proper youtube app :D

Duduosf says:

Actually, the ability to pin the messages page is not exactly recent.

PipoDj says:

well notification seems broken on my phone but whatever, i am impressed with the messaging part of the app. it's so instant!

Sgele says:

Still cannot see 50% of my friend's Facebook posts.
This "Official Facebook" app is still considered 3rd party by Facebook, clearly.

Getting pretty tired of this crap....

afgzee says:

give it time, this app has been getting better and better, its only time. hang in there...

mdscj4 says:

Notifications actually work :D

DonnaxNL says:

Nice, I won't use the Message app anymore for FB chat, which had few secs delay and no photo support.

IceCrush says:

Lets see the background agent effect on the battery now..

Alij382 says:

Its killing it like an old Dell notebook.

IceCrush says:

Well i am still experimenting, too early to say anything.. But i am expecting another update to optimize it. Also the less the live tiles the better the battery is.

plasmid_uk says:

Okay this is the first update with actual improvements. I can now get in to messaging pretty quickly compared to before (not placebo) and when I touch "See More" it actually loads the rest of the message and doesn't redirect me to log in on the website.

I haven't tested notifications yet and the app is pretty damn smooth on my HTC 8X.

DJ_IMC says:

Notifications really work! (happy)

Waffled says:

Seems faster.

Stu Malin says:

How do you pin Chat? Or do they mean Messages? Notifications 100% working so far!!

scottygb2k says:

Notifications now seem to work for first time ever for me. However I have noticed when writing a message, press the camera icon in bottom left to add a photo and nothing happens, I press it 3/4 times and eventually appears or app crashes. Anyone else have this?

rockstarzzz says:

Press once, wait patiently. It takes 4-5 secs.

tuckernick says:

All of thse updates came in the 5.2.0.3 update, I had 5.2.0.2 and saw none of the improvements mentioned until I forced install of 5.2.0.3.

gunnergabe says:

Hey guys,

maybe someone can help me: when I sign in with my own datas to the FB Beta app still nothing works, No notificatios, nothing at all. But when I sign in with my wife's FB account on the same phone (L920) suddenly it starts working. How is that possible? Any ideas?

FBirraque says:

I did the same problem with my Facebook account. All my friends with WP were working fine but mine stayed 8 months off-line then without any change started work again unexpectedly.

rockstarzzz says:

Does this mean that Fb (also read Twitter) could always make notifications this reliable but just couldn't be arsed like all the other developers (yes Whatsapp you!!)?? Or does it mean that new hidden APIs somehow just appeared out of nowhere?!

chmun77 says:

Whatsapp has been reliable on my 1020, not sure why yours don't. Check you provider connectivity perhaps?

benners76 says:

This is great. An update that adds real-world functionality and I love it! What I don't love is that if you're not specifically looking for FB beta... You're stuck w/the stock, under-performing, feature-lacking app. I love WP but this app needs to go away and be melded into the FB app so everyone can enjoy it.

RobinPaul says:

When somebody sends me a message(chat) i don't get it on my pinned messages nor recieve a notification (from FB app), i only get through the build in messaging app.

Really weird.

Sergio0694 says:

LOL the app crashed and my 920 rebooted as soon as I open the app ahahahahaah

FBirraque says:

+1 with same crashing problems.

ScubaDog says:

Well, so far, the live tiles aren't so "live".  And it's not like I've even maxed my background events.  I. Got. Nothin'.

 

rockstarzzz says:

Wait for notification. Its beautiful.

ScubaDog says:

After two hours, I've not received any notifications.  I can go into the app and see that things HAVE come in.  Just not translating to the live tile.  So far, this version is as lame as the previous versions. #disappointing

ritzz1 says:

CAN ANYONE TELL ME HOW I PIN DOWN NOTIFICATION LIVE TILE (I stretch out facebook beta app i get notification but its just blue and boring like before). LIKE THE FIRST TILE PICTURE ????. ive been trying to get that tile for 30 min i can only find the others group,messasge,events TILES

afgzee says:

leave it as a full wide tile, after about 1 to 2 days it'll just appear.

ritzz1 says:

lol sarcasm? cant you help me =)?^^!! tried to log in and out didnt help

rockstarzzz says:

You get notifications and tile will become beautiful. Otherwise only a logo.

ritzz1 says:

When i get notification my tile do not become "beatiful" just the blue logo than a letter 1 just appear like normal. do i have to do something or its bugged?

rockstarzzz says:

Did nothing special at all! :/

Kaye Morales says:

Still can't download files from the group.

marcomura says:

And I still don't see if and when the last message I sent has been seen

lfjj says:

So have they fixed the sluggishness of the app? It takes a good 2-3 seconds when pressing back button or going into stuff.

donebrasko says:

That's one of the two reasons I bounce back and forth to my RAZR m. The other is free tethering. I have been fb heavy the last week and I was missing notifications. If this is fixed RAZR is going back in the bag

RobinPaul says:

Only down part is that when you use the facebook messenger of facebook and turn of fb chat in messaging app, you won't appear online anymore. even if you open facebook messenger in the fb app. Anyone else noticed that too?

FBirraque says:

This new Beta version came with a lot of improvements like faster, better toast notifications, new shortcuts for chat, events and groups.
But it's less reliable with multiple devices like when you're connected from two different Windows Phones 8. I'm using two Lumia 920 GDR3 and before this last update I were able to chat from Facebook Beta App on both. Now my Facebook Chat on-line contacts are showing only one phone. Please MS fix it ASAP!

Sam Wong says:

Finally, useful live tiles....

Dave Bhullar says:

Its not showing me my cover photo on the large tile anymore

Charles Wang says:

Posting photos is extremely sluggish, and there appears to be np different functionality between the new status and new photo buttons in the new feed page.

raycpl says:

Just installed. It IS faster!!! The last beta took an eternity to get going when I want to choose pictures... now its fast..... really.!!!.

 

chmun77 says:

What's that push status URL thingy under the Advance settings?

And, why the chats notifications is not able to be listed under the lock screen setting? I have Facebook beta set but the chat tile shows update, not the lockscreen?

Notifications are still not that reliable yet.... sad to say.

xankazo says:

We've joked about this a MILLION times before but... It's faster! In fact, is not just faster, it's the way it's supposed to be and it finally works. We can say now we have a functional Facebook app. It took us what, 2 years? At last!

FearL0rd says:

Message notification is back :)

Udit Guru says:

Its working perfectly now....
M getting realtime notifications....

iamtenchi says:

LIVE TILE is not working on my 920 after the update :(

rowlie says:

Installed Facebook beta on 920 but still having issues with live tile, when notifications show on tile I click to open app but then tile freezes. Only shows Facebook logo and does not flip. Only way to get tile working is to log out and sign in again. I suppose it will be a cold day in hell before Facebook starts functioning properly!
I suspect its a server issue and the live tile cannot connect. 
 

Darkgift says:

My live tile hasn't done anything yet. Been a cpl hrs.

S_C_B says:

Notifications are arriving at the same time they arrive on my 5s and Nexus 5. Good job, MS.

diktea says:

not thats worth updateing, it actually is fast now...thankx msft. looking forward to more improvements with group status indicator, stickers...etc. keep up the good work

dvasudreddy says:

Toasts are not popping but tile is getting updated with number! What kind of sorcery is this?

vineet1806 says:

Hurrah notification is working.after six months of using wp,first time not missing my tab.

vineet1806 says:

Update only live tile working,no toast notification.

Updates work like a charm! Every notification has went through! Hell yeah for Microsoft! Drankkkks!

chat toasts are working like charm...

but not oder notifications !!  

 

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