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Microsoft pushes out another Facebook Beta update for Windows Phone 8

Microsoft has pushed another update out for its Facebook Beta Windows Phone app. Unfortunately, like before there's no change log supplied. We recently covered the release of version 5.0.1.4 and today we're looking at 5.0.1.7, so it's not a massive jump but there's bound to be a bug fix and minor improvement here and there.

If you happen to notice anything new while using the latest version, be sure to hit us up in the comments. You can download Facebook Beta from the Windows Phone Store (Windows Phone 8 only). Thanks to everyone who tipped us!

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mayniak says:

Runs a bit smoother but that's it. Haven't noticed anything else

Bekkenes says:

Still same share bug. Cannot share posts by others

I have mixed results liking/sharing from feed. Open the post and then try.

ahandeman says:

Ditto, is there anywhere for us to submit bugs?

Josh Harman says:

Inside the app under settings

Yeah, in settings

I can share posts by friends but not people I like/follow.

sqlchicken says:

Obligatory "seems faster" comment

fiddlebenton says:

Someone says that every single time!! +920

francesco87 says:

Maybe because it's true

"seems faster" BC we want it to be lol.

S_C_B says:

The beta app notified me when I logged in that there was an update. They must have introduced this in the last version?

Technoloay says:

Me too. Yes, I believe..

DarkKrystof says:

Yep, that's how I got mine.

warmth says:

Same here. Last night I also received a Foursquare update!

Khoa Lai says:

the Foursquare update doesn't seem to fix anything, does it?

warmth says:

Another update was released last night, still having some issues. I have no idea why are this guys having so much problems to make this kind of app. There are critical features missing: if you pin the check-in button and you tap on it then there is no way to get into the main app.

That seems pretty cool. Next time I won't update directly from wpcentral link

Hopefully they will release an update in the future to enabe photo saving in the app.

Yes, this! Annoys me so much.

ahmedjan87 says:

Even the official app on ios and android don't have that feature
So I don't think it'll happen

mohawk apple says:

iOS has the option to save a photo!

ahmedjan87 says:

Hmm never knew about ios since its been a long time since I used it

kirklyt says:

Yes, also 3rd party apps being removed from the WP Store also has this feature even on images sent thru private messages. It's basically part of touch.facebook.com functionality...

M_Lyons10 says:

Agreed. This drives me nuts.

No, no... This is Facebook. Say it with me now... faaaace boooook.

This is actually WP Central, say it with me....W P....Ceeentral...

WPSteve says:

THIS. IS. SPARTAA!!
*kick*

taymur says:

hahahaha :D

Eas195 says:

LOL. Hahahahaha xD

juanit0134 says:

No, this is Patrick!

But my name is Giorgio and I'm new to this country... Where do I find "the instagram" on this phone?
(I just went with it)

blackhawk556 says:

Look for "Instance" it works!

Lol it was a joke

Still jumps to the top of news feed, so still annoying as crap. Still lags a lot too. Maybe we need Rudy Huyn or Daniel Gary to make a Facebook app for us.

fiddlebenton says:

No because they will make a great app then no support the day after its released.

Not true with Rudy Huyn.

DJCBS says:

That's only true about Daniel Gary.

Rudy updates his Apps regularly and many times to fix things before you even notice they were broken.

I've seen no indication of a lack of support from either. Additionally, if it's a great app, support should be minimal.

Instance badly needs an update and does seem to be abandoned. Maybe not, but it does seem that way.

Eas195 says:

And it still has 13 filters, though they can be updated daily, says the Instance's description when I was downloading that one.

Josh Harman says:

Not all Lumias have Storage acheck though.

Eas195 says:

@Josh: Right, but not only WP7.x Lumias which don't get the storage check feature, the x20 Lumias prior to 1308 firmware don't get that feature too.

iyae says:

13 shit filters. I emailed him my code for some better ones but I'm guessing he gets too many emails to reply. Ah well I tried to help. :)

chucky says:

I do agree that instance needs an update as soon as possible. With that said, this Facebook app still lags alot, I barely use it cause of that.

Robborboy says:

I'd much rather it jump to the top than where I left off. So many things going on in my news feed it takes forever to get to the too.

GizmoEV says:

But it is a pain when I'm down the news feed a long ways and suddenly it jumps to the top and I have to scroll all the way back down to continue reading where I left off. Start at the top when launching but don't jump to the top every time a new item crops up.

Agreed. The worst in when you're looking at something and when it jumps to the top the old thing you were looking at gets pushed out. They already have the notification bar at the top when there's a new story. That should be enough. Also they need a way to keep going through older posts. If you have a busy day you can miss a lot.

luimende says:

Remove shake to reload in the settings, 

GizmoEV says:

Does that actuay make the app behave like it should even though it jumps to the top even when the phone is perfectly still? I just went in and changed it but I don't think it will change anything. If it does I'll repost here.

Eas195 says:

Just turn that settings off if you don't want to.

After so many updates, they still hasn't fix that? Sigh.

sip1995 says:

Okay..now I can easily say that Microsoft stopped the support for windows phone 7.8

sasukeluffy says:

When the app is ready and exits beta, it will be also for WP7.x So there's still support :P

Your phone still works right? Alright then, you're still supported

Dre325 says:

Thanks for the extremely insightful and ridiculous comment Cory. Yeah, my 7.8 phone still works. Quite well mind you unlike my old iPhone that newer versions of IOS basically shut down. It's getting frustrating though for those of us that bought L900s that we can't use any of the advanced features of WP8 and it seems that 90% of new apps are WP8 only. And I still have many months on contract.

Josh Harman says:

You see this? Its the worlds smallest violin.

NIST says:

We support you. Go get em kid! Mom and dad loves you.

First of all, was I being "insightful" or "ridiculous"? I felt as if your sarcasm was lost when you gave me a compliment and labeled it as "ridiculous". Secondly, I had a Lumia 900 as well, now I have an HTC 8X. I bought my way out of my AT&T contract, cost me $655 for 2 ETFs (early termination fee). My HTC 8X cost me $99.99, that means I spent around $750.00 to reach 'Windows Phone 8' status. If I can go to those extremes, surely you can buy a Lumia 920 or an 8X off of eBay or Craigslist for less than $300.

lippidp says:

We WP7.8 users also don't have a storage bug. Be grateful you haven't "upgraded." When your contract is up WP8 will likely be more stable, so I'd say you're in a good position.

Josh Harman says:

I have 80 GB of storage (including SD card) and less than 2 GB of other, I think I'll be OK. Thanks for the concern though.

Lucky man. My other storage is out of control.

lippidp says:

I'm sorry, but you must be confusing me for someone else. I assure you that I haven't the least bit of concern for you... LOL

Storage check, for Lumia devices has fixed this problem. That said, WP8 is still far from a polished OS and many will agree that Zune provides a better experience than Xbox Music.

Not to mention 7.8 users still have Zune and not "Xbug" Music!

iyae says:

I keep hearing about a storage bug but I have no effing clue what people are talking about. Whatever it is hasn't affected me in the slightest on my 920. Wp8 is stable. Take your sour grapes elsewhere. :P

lippidp says:

There are no sour grapes here. I can migrate to WP8 at any time as my contract expired in April. I have chosen not to for many reasons. I will buy the next Lumia on ATT for a penny, sell it to one you guys for full price, then continue using my Quantum.

Congratulations...you want a cookie?

Ticomfreak says:

At least your phone is usable unlike what Apple did with iOS 5 on the iPhone 3G...

TechnoTim says:

In app update alert. I sent a tip :)

Josh Harman says:

Good job, I did as well.
I was actually pushed the update through the store on Thursday along with updates for Indigo, Handyscan and Hike & Bike.

TechnoTim says:

Hopefully MSFT gives developers and easy way to do this in 8.1 along with giving users the option to auto update and auto update over WiFi only.

sasukeluffy says:

Runs a bit smoother, and in-app alert.
When will we get a proper fb chat? This app's chat sucks, as I have to refresh it all the time if I want to see new messages, and no photo sending in chat.. Can't send photos in integrated fb, too... It sucks. iOS and Android have it..

Josh Harman says:

Simpson's did it.

iyae says:

You have a windows phone. Chat in your messaging app silly!

Eas195 says:

... just for a while until it's out of beta.

sasukeluffy says:

You can't send photos, can't send videos, can't see if someone's typing, can't know when someone has read your message, your FB chat groups won't sync to it, it's slow as hell.. No, I won't.

Joseph Avena says:

Update has a bug, I'm unable to post comments at this point.  The circle after send keep spinning.  Restsrted phone, reinstalled FB Beta, no luck.  How hard is it to get this right?
 

NIST says:

The hardest

Tried this on my L520. Slow as heck. I know it's a beta but performance wise this is even worse than the other official app.

DJCBS says:

Well...it doesn't help that you're using the cheapest windows phone available either. You get what you paid for.

Eas195 says:

I'm using Lumia 620, and it works like a charm, although it's still buggy.

DJCBS says:

Yeah, I also have it on my L620 and also works well. But the 620 is miles better than the 520.

Oxymoron428 says:

After every update, I check to see if I can landscape when posting a comment. I never can!

Eas195 says:

Yes, hope it has a new option to make it landscape in the next update, but I'd still prefer typing on portrait.

Moustache321 says:

Features I miss:
ability to unlike pages
hashtags and mentioning
commenting with pics
seeing birthdays
ability to upload vids to groups

pogi920 says:

JDB for Facebook much better..

kimlo91 says:

It's so frustrating how slow the app is to use. It's so slow that I prefer to just not use it at all.
They seriously need to completely focus on making it perform fluidly, even if they take a whole month to do that and then push out an update. For now I just use the mobile website because the app is incredibly annoying to use, need to press things like notification 2-3 times and everything seems to take .5-1 seconds to respond.
I love that we've got a new FB app that matches the gui of other platforms but I hate the performance, 10 or beta updates later it hasn't really improved much at all, performance wise anyway. It was terrible to begin with and it still has terrible performance. 
Please Microsoft, fix the performance of this app as a priority, if the app doesn't feel fluid I don't even care about the features because I just hate using the app.

Josh Harman says:

Loads fast for me.

NIST says:

Faster loads

Eas195 says:

It loads faster on my L620. Try to update your app if it's not updated yet.

Troyseph says:

I think it like the placebo effect, the "seems faster" comment.

muhdalam says:

It is much smoother now and sharing works on many of the posts I tested. However, it still gets back to the top when it updates, chat is still not good and no support for messaging photos.

Still, a considerable improvement over the previous facebook app and even over the first iteration of facebook beta. Seems like microsoft are heading in the right direction. For me, this app will be ready for full normal release as soon as tagging people starts working and news feed doesnt return to the top. The rest of the features like chat improvement and adding photos in messages are secondary features in my view!

vampireodbc says:

LoL, still no changelogs, as always...

monigal2 says:

How do I get the beta app somebody? I didn't see it in the store

Montpbm says:

It's a link on WP Central that you can get it from. Check through the Facebook forums that were posted by WP Central.

uopjo6 says:

Still can't share to a group. Seriously how is this possible.

Eas195 says:

It's merely a bug. Just send your feedback to Microsoft via Settings > About > Send Feedback on your Facebook Beta app.

sanjeev40084 says:

the interesting was, I got the prompt for update while using the fb last nite. I opened the fb app and it said there was a new update. Didn't had to go marketplace and look for update.

kirklyt says:

Basically, I don't understand Microsoft devteam not implementing first all of the functionality of the site touch.facebook.com before releasing and updating this beta app. An app is not just about UI, functions and features are as beautiful if not much more beautiful. The number of likes and who still does not match when viewed thru the user's Wall aside from thru notifications. We can't upload images thru private messaging, still can't even view/download one. No hastags support, no colorful emoji/emoticons, no fb moods/activities support yet, no @mentions support, viewing an item in your News Feed and going back is a hassle because it always refreshes back on top... Can't share yet from News Feed to private messages... Development, feels somewhat stagnant and no "real" progress that it just taking them too looooonnngggg. And also, when are they gonna realize that stickers is a thing of beauty when it comes to Fb chat and messaging.?? Even a Nokia E5 has Despicable Me stickers for Facebook private messaging.. This is ridiculously slow. I'm a fan, but can't really help but to be critical of them at this point.

Eas195 says:

Yeah, I agree, and it will be better if MS puts a code routine on each post update to check whether the post is private or not, before showing the share button.
But, hashtags is natively supported as you just type # followed by your topic. Just try it.

kirklyt says:

I have many posts that have hashtags w/ them and they still don't show up blue (as a link). Especially Fb-posted Instagram photos, the hashtags just shows as regular text, when they should be a link, also, Instagram photos still won't show on my Fb Wall... I either have to use notifications or go directly to the Instagram album.

rreszler says:

Its probably Facebook causing them to change the code because of the constant API changes, its why so many devs have given up trying to support twitter as well!

raycpl says:

Just found out I couldn't update picture directly from Ciel (btw, anyone else use that)

lippidp says:

I didn't know people still used Facebook. And the WP8 FB app is in Beta?  Jump back to 2009!

poddie says:

Clearly you're ignorant of quite a few things. This is a NEW fb app for WP8 that will replace the current one once it's our of beta.

And there are many, many users on Facebook. It's actually quite a big deal.

jefferyleo says:

New features: Can pin the Message to tiles.

Zain Jamna says:

Online contacts improvement, now showing exactly, this is improvement in this update

Noticed the cell icon beside peoples name in chat.. That's about it

Still cannot add people to group. Also the link to group message post doesnt take you to the message itself but to top of group page. Annoying. Always have to you the m.facebook.com to do that.

Eas195 says:

MS should fix this.

Ivan Hristov says:

After seeing notification 10 timets it's not marked as read and every time i open the app it says there is a new notifiation but it's the same one.

DJCBS says:

That damn problem is old and still unfixed. I keep reporting the bug and still no fix. It's very frustrating.

Eas195 says:

have you put your details before, in the message, when you send your feedback to MS?

DJCBS says:

Yes. They simply haven't bothered to fix it yet.

FeedTheShark says:

Crashes for me. Uninstalled and reinstalled and still wont open. Guess I'll have to wait for next beta now.

brianlg says:

Is Facebook still relevant at this point?

poddie says:

Gee... Over a billion monthly active users. Let me think... yes. Yes, it is. Oh, and DUH.

DJCBS says:

Still waiting on the notifications not cleaning the red counter fix...

AFuentesJr says:

Red? My counter notification count hasn't been red in almost a year I think, it's been black...I miss the red.

WPUser111 says:

Still the worst app.. We need facebook to develop their app for us.... Msft cant do it...

Eas195 says:

No. MSFT can do that, as it's the main developer of WPs. But it's much better if it teamworked with Facebook to make that app.

Fndlumia says:

Faster on a data connection the same on WiFi, bug when resizing profile picture rectified and faster deletion. Have not noticed anything else since download yesterday

mcivor88 says:

Anyone notifications icon not go away?

sahilsao says:

Friends posts are did not shows

Fndlumia says:

Mmm $40 000 update.... Still can't believe that shit, wonder if your release is in beta that 40k still applies to subsequent updates?

corn_chowder says:

Clicked on Fiancé to IM, brought up old high school friend I haven't talked to in years. Sent IM before realizing this.

HM02 says:

I still don't see the update button. Oh well.

Eas195 says:

Just go to WPCentral app and download the app. But if you refer to post updates in the app, just shake it and it updates.

HM02 says:

I still don't see it. I tried the download app from the WPCapp and I scanned the code on the site with bing vision and there's still no option to update.

Eas195 says:

Then your app is up to date. Is your app version 5.0.1.7? If you don't sure, check via Settings > About

HM02 says:

Looks like I'm already up to date then. I don't remember updating it.

markk132 says:

When you go to messages, a few icons pop up on the bottom and you can pin messages to the start screen. Was this there all along? I feel like there was only a refresh button before and now there's more options for messages...

Joel H18 says:

WINDOWS PHONE SHOULD COME OUT WITH A PHONE THAT MULTI TASKS AND HAS A PICTURE PASSWORD LOCK SCREEN - THAT PHONE WILL TAKE OVER !!

AFuentesJr says:

Windows Phone also has a cap lock that you can unlock and type as if you're not yelling...and you can multitask last time I checked.

pingjockey says:

Is anyone else having battery issues with the? My ATT 920 is blowing through the battery like in 8 hours with this installed. If I uninstall battery life is fine. Very odd....

jassp87 says:

Mine too! After i installed it.y battery died after 5 hours. And my lumia 920 turns hot after i installed it. Odd indeed

raycpl says:

Yup. ...this and Drive. But I think both had improved over earlier Betas. Not as hot..

StaticMain says:

Cover photo is now included as a live tile when you pin the app full size to your home page.

Why is it taking so long for them to release a final version of it? :(

mdscj4 says:

I wouldn't consider this long at all. They are just getting started..I've seen software that remains in beta for years, but probably by the end of the year it will come out of beta.

KrightonX says:

My HTC Diamond isn't working for some reason?!? Should I update?! What's wrong with "insert company name here"

~says everyone not on WP8

atkulp says:

My biggest complaint isn't addressed. If I click a link from my news feed, it jumps to the browser as expected. When I hit the Back button it jumps back to the top and fetches new items. PLEASE RETAIN POSITION!

danielgray says:

Yes i reported that bug too.

mdscj4 says:

That's not a "bug". It was designed that way for a specific reason. Probably for efficient code.

FearL0rd says:

Still have a notification bug... If you uncheck all notifications leaving only message... the notification stop working...
I'm trying to leave only message on...

manonthemoon says:

The update was actually there yesterday when I routinely checked on it. FYI
 

hans 8x says:

After the updare the offline-time of friends isn't shown correctly anymore.. It seems as if the numbers were cut.

Manu Tyagi says:

when i get new notifications..phone doesn't rings a sound..is there a setting for that..even when messages come the same happens..
also notification count doesn't comes..it started when i first installed but after update notification count, sound for notifications and fb chat msg are gone..
if there are settings please help.

cybermoose89 says:

Off topic here but does anyone know how much Nokia charges for repairs my 920 been sent Monday to them as the usb charge port somehow fried over night wile recharging only had the thing since the beginning of this year got proof of purchase and that still of course

Sam Wong says:

Not sure from which beta version, it can show more than 100 photos in an photo album.

They really should improve notifications in this one though. Why can't they work as good as in Twitter's official app?

Poul_Erik says:

I can't see albums in groups? Can anyone that?

DanaOira says:

I wish there was a way to disable messaging when you have the mobile app cuz I'd rather have all my Facebook messages go to the built-in messaging. I usually only get one Facebook message through my contact messaging and then I have to go to the Facebook app to chat. It's kind of inconvenient to have to switch through two messaging services.

larksyrm says:

A bit smoother but still buggy, and why on earth is it not fullscreen? Im still going to use webapps with the touch version of Facebook instead!
 
/* Larksyrm */

nike_ab says:

I am a casual fb user and for me people tile tell me fb updated news and built in messenger is too good for fb chatting.That's why I haven't downloaded any fb app in 2 years. But ya, it depends on requirements
Edit: photo album and people tile allow me to view videos and pictures and allow me to save them

People it isnt 5.0.1.4,,,, the newst version is 5.0.2.0, I got the update recently today here in India.
 
Please check your versions!

providing you have your facebook account linked to your windows phone 8s
to view and send pictures in facebook private messeage do the following

1 swipe left and tap MESSAGING
2 tap the 3 DOTS bottom right
3 tap SETTINGS
4 swipe down to USE FACEBOOK CHAT turn ON
done worked for me it enables you to message facebook online/offline contacts view and save videos and pictures from the messaging tab although you still have to use a 3rd party facebook app to send photos through private message. hope it helps