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Official Facebook beta gets updated with bug fixes and performance improvements

Facebook Beta

The Facebook beta for Windows Phone is an opportunity for avid fans of the social network to try out latest features in builds not yet available to the general public. We've gone through the festive period without an update with 5.0.2 released mid-December, but today a new release has been published to the store. Say hello to version 5.2.1.1.

What's included in this latest version? It appears to be faster. No, seriously, the development team has implemented both 'bug fixes and performance improvements', according to a tweet by Joe Belfiore. Should you be experiencing stuttering and slow loading times within the app, this update should help address said issues.

Need to grab the Facebook beta from the Windows Phone Store? Use this store link or the QR code below.

Thanks, Markus M., for the tip

QR: Facebook Beta

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PipoDj says:

It is faster /s

Loco5150 says:

Came in to read comments only because I wanted to see if it is faster...

giorgio h says:

Why is it still in the f**&€& BETA!

VSparxx says:

It's basically 2 channels, the ordinary release, and the beta one.

user4545 says:

This is so damn stupid and I feel f*****n ashamed of using a phone with a facebook beta app, its like facebook would have been released a month ago to the world. There is no beta for Android or iOS so get rid of this crap and release a functional app already or dont and fix Explorer so I can use the m.facebook.com which also works fine on my Android.

ctafield says:

Actually, much like on WP, there IS a beta stream for Facebook on Android https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-engineering/introducing-the-face...

 

 

user4545 says:

Well yes and no, this is a beta program by facebook, as a normal user you can't find a 'facebook beta' app on play store. Wheras for WP everyone can and it's not by facebook, its by Microsoft and it doesn't contain any new features by Facebook, just catch-up improvements and bug fixes for an app that is miles behind the Android and iOS app.

john-vogel says:

No you can't find it on the Windows Phone Store... You need the link to download it! The app is actually a cooperation between Microsoft and Facebook.

VSparxx says:

You see what you want to see, there isn't much more to say about this.

txDrum says:

How dumb can you be? Facebook beta is a beta - that means that it is the possibly unstable but more feature full version of facebook. EVERY REASONABLE PIECE OF SOFTWARE has this. You can download the beta, or even the nightly, for Android mods, Firefox, I believe Chrome, among other well known things. There IS an official, finished facebook app, if you're smart enough to search for Facebook on the App Store at least. The beta is only for those who want to use the more up to date features if they're available. It isn't even very easy to find, probably to keep people from thinking silly things like facebook is only in beta.

HansTj says:

You are talking non-sense. Are you even aware that there is a non-Beta version of exactly the same app? They update the Beta first to gain feedbacks from the users. AND THEN, they will update the actuall Facebook app.

VSparxx says:

Idk if this was available earlier, but now it goes portrait/landscape in chats or commenting something.

larspassic says:

Never fails! Thanks for checking for us.

Obligatory "Feels Faster" comment =)

Good to see the BETA app updated. Will wait for the updates to roll over to the Official app.

joe_easton says:

There's really no reason not to use the BETA; you should check it out.  I only use it.

kyriacou48 says:

I get about 2-3% more battery drain an hour with the beta app (with the live tile and notifications on) than the official app. Had to get rid of it - I want max battery out of my 1520!

joe_easton says:

That's kinda odd but I guess it is possible.  How did you figure out that the beta app was causing this? 

PureView says:

Some day I will be able to tell my grand children that Facebook for Windows Phone is now finally fast!

karelj says:

And your grandkids will say "face??book??"

Waffled says:

Seems faster.

wtrmlnjuc says:

Safari seems snappier.

md_minhaj says:

Bullsh*t. Still no match for iOS.

andrew1967 says:

but remember ours is faster,. L0L..

Abdal says:

What about instant notification's ??

RyanAMG says:

They fixed that awhile ago

Abdal says:

Thanks, and what about data compression??

OMG55 says:

Facebooger : /

Jagar Tharn says:

yep , its faster

Mark Cesari says:

This time it actually is faster.. weeeeeee!

It's faster, like for real, no kidding, it's really fast!

sfberlingeri says:

It is faster, indeed. And it is more responsive now

joe_easton says:

So every one in a while, I go into the Facebook BETA app and it makes me re-log in.  It has been a while since it has done this and I am wondering if it does this when there is an update available.

Has anyone else notice this? 

 

And also app tile got improved

joe_easton says:

Haha; i just noticed this too and was going to post about it.  Looks much better; the "muted" pic tile always looked a little funny

Ankmeyester says:

i liked the older one...

joe_easton says:

Really?  I always felt that it made the tile look less impressive than the others.

Either way, the FB app has gotten much better than it was in the past.  It is faster, more options of pinnable items, etc.

I loved the original look of FB because it was unique but now it is easier for people to move to WP without having to re-learn a FB app

SamiSaifDine says:

The Tile brightness Is now higher

trokpa says:

Exact. But I notice tile doesn't update when I change cover ... :(

joe_easton says:

How long did you wait?  It may take the longer than the standard 30 min for it to refresh

joe_easton says:

I would think that it would update it in that amount of time but for all we know it only updates once a day or something to reduce data?

Also, it might be worth unpinning and then re-pin it.  You shouldn't have to do that but it might fix it.

ejlee072006 says:

WTH am I using then?

Nabeel Rami says:

guys my facebook app doesn't show all my friends posts , it shows pages and groups only , is there anyone have this problem ? and how to pix it

 

YES! Same here. Some posts shows up. But overall its pages and groups :(

eortizr says:

It has always been the issue with this app, that is why I stopped using it, Facebook treats this app as a 'Third Party app' so it will never show the same info as the webpage or the iOS and Android 'Official Apps'

rockstarzzz says:

Dayyyyum! About 97% comments here says "seems faster" - it's gotta be faster.

Byrese says:

When is it going to stop being beta?

rockstarzzz says:

In 2012? It's been non-beta since 2 years now. There will always be a beta to test out features and then roll out to WP7.x and WP8.

eortizr says:

It will be in Beta until Facebook decides to take support the app by themself,  as a third party app which is it current state, it will never be as feature rich as the officialy supported Facebook app for iOS and Android.

SleepyTheDon says:

The app is cool its missing the Activity log access still

nokiauser911 says:

Wow, seems faster. Sorry cant help it!

afgzee says:

yeah the cover photo is defo brighter, but i dont notice any real speed improvements

chadsear says:

private Facebook messages now show embedded links with txt preview and images - So happy about that....i'd get my friends message txt, but never had any idea what they were talking about because the hyperlink, preview txt, and image were missing :)

 

5.0? I've been using 5.2.0.6 for the longest time just waiting for 5.2.1.1 to push

Posted via the WPC App for Android using a 32gig nexus 7 2013

lemonsteveo says:

My 1520 seems faster just by installing this.

Ankmeyester says:

definitely faster....

jpling says:

Fastbook beta seems facer.

Snazrael says:

Yes, faster, like everyone already said... First time I've really noticed a perf increase.

aitt says:

Seems sluggish

Aghh I want stickers and other improvements in Facebook, not just performance...

Which app should I use? Facebook or beta version? Help

Rick Smits says:

I've never had a problem using the beta. Although I don't use Facebook often.

anandv427 says:

Why the news feed always show news on liked pages and not the activites of friends as with internet explorer ....nobody ever felt that??...plz help....app definitely seems faster....

eortizr says:

It has always been the issue with this app, that is why I stopped using it, Facebook treats this app as a 'Third Party app' so it will never show the same info as the webpage or the iOS and Android 'Official Apps'

anandv427 says:

Hope the situation changes..presently I use fb via ie..and for chats message hub...

avigyan says:

It is so fast that it loads comments, tags, likes, etc. even before they arrive.

Divjot Singh says:

  1. Brighter cover pic is displayed on live tile now.
  2. Fast load of image picker now for attachments etc.
  3. Transitions seem to be faster

 

MarkBr20 says:

Does it show you online in the chat when you use it? The previous version did not!

what is the difference between the facebook and facebook beta?

JoRdaNeK says:

Beta has newer "things" but has a chance of being slightly unstable (never has been in the past though) :)

avigyan says:

Holy shit, they messed up with the previously beautiful live tile. I loved the cover photo previously but this is so usual. I got saddened. :/

Aashish13 says:

Now watsapp for Windows phone requires a serious update. Damn serious. It crashes while opening pics,while sending videos,while viewing recent msgs. Its has been really slow. Why arent the bugs fixed till now.,I dont why we still face those bugs regularly.

Duduosf says:

God, I though I was alone here. I was starting to think my 925 was collapsing. But yeah, it has been an undeniably frustrating experience, as of now.

Aashish13 says:

Most of them face watsapp problems. Its really getting on nerves now. Are they seriously updating it or not. They are now giving an audio file transfer in their upcoming update but they should seriously work more on those bugs

drozdpatrick says:

Blame yourselves for not supporting an already poor app

Aashish13 says:

Now more ppl are getting attracted to WP and mostly everyone use watsapp. Corporate world are choosing WP8 as a businesss phone. Such applications not properly looked upon seriously impacts wps image and then ppl regret that they bought a wp.

JoRdaNeK says:

Seems beta-er

Nankom says:

It seems faster. haha

At last an update ....i hope this version or the next to come supports emoticons

ejlee072006 says:

I thought the Nokia Facebook is better?

Waiting for the INSTANT message, when you leave a message using this App takes a few seconds to reach the other person, on the iOS and Android apps this is immediately.

rockstarzzz says:

Its baked in the phone OS.

Yousef Kawmi says:

on my two android phone it take about 10 to deliver messages
but not my WP i got the noftication on time :) 
even my mom's phone (htc one x) when i send her messages she get the messages after 5-10m

much fast. many improved. very bug fixes. wow

Duduosf says:

Downloading mine now. Got very excited from all the comments. Lol

Update: It is faster, indeed; not so overly impressed by it. Though it may be my wifi connection. I'll try it on LTE later.

kirklyt says:

When are the new features coming like enabling colored emoticons and adding stickers on Messaging, what's taking them so long...?!

shamrock1988 says:

anyone else not getting toasts?

Abhi_k4 says:

Feels smoother

ejlee072006 says:

This Facebook beta is for NON Nokia users I guess!!

tarund says:

It is definitely faster. I uninstalled the general release version and will use Beta from now on.

ooo..develpr's u removed d bugs it was okay.. but y u put BOOSTER's its just freaking fast.. faster dan UC's speed mode.. grand salute to u guys...

Wael Hasno says:

Insert "faster" comment here.

Oldboy_GR says:

2 DAMNED HOURS I M TRYING TO UPLOAD A PICTURE VIA THE APP (official & BETA) ....

IT FAILS EVERY TIME.....

they fixed that, it now uploads photos seamlessly

pLUSpISTOL says:

.........and it's faster. hehe

Oldboy_GR says:

nope.

I stopped tryin...

 

- I dont wanna share via the built in function cause it losses quality-

Joozeppi says:

faster! maybe too fast?

+720 (on a phone with 512 MB you REALLY feel the additional speed)

NikkVS says:

How about fixing Facebook links opening Facebook in a IE tab?

tydytek says:

Guys, is there some way to report Microsoft that the WP7 version is available in the store for WP8 devices in Czech rep. (and Norway I think..)? All i can see is the 3.2.1.1 version. It's like that for months now. I really don't like to switch region to US, restart, update, switch back and restart again every time I want to update..

Tafsern says:

Send them email from the settings menu in the app. I have done it alot! (Norway).

Seigmamm says:

I tried sending them an email, but no response so far.. kinda annoying running 3.2.1, when i had 5.2 not that long ago!

pLUSpISTOL says:

What are you, 12?!?! Just kidding, yeah they've been missing for a long time now.

Markus Moser says:

Yaaaay my tip was published ^^
Actually its really alot faster - but i had to reinstalled it, to clean messed up data i guess.. After reinstalling it runs quite well, but its still far away from iOS and Android apps of Facebook.. At least we see some progress now :)

kurtd says:

Hope it fixed the "we're having trouble getting data" issue.

Hector Cantu says:

i really hate that red banner x__x

kurtd says:

"see more" still opens my web browser.... What a joke...

e1ys1um says:

Still.haven't fixed whatever bug that prevents me and indeed anyone I know who also has a WP device from looking at my profile but I have no problems when looking on my old iPhone or for friends with phones other than WP. Sick of reporting it and no amount of reinstalling of either the general release or this beta sorts it

eortizr says:

It has always been the issue with this app, that is why I stopped using it, Facebook treats this app as a 'Third Party app' so it will never show the same info as the webpage or the iOS and Android 'Official Apps'

walter1832 says:

Seems blue'r

Posted via the WPC App for Android!

pLUSpISTOL says:

I agree. Seems a slightly different shade of blue. 

guillams says:

I want to be in the trending topics too! So, is "feel faster" hehehe

Stil missing:

- Interest lists are not showing

- Instagram posts are not showing

- Not all post from friends are showing: only direct posts (status - pictures, etc.) from friends are visible - likes & comments from friends non-related to my own posts, are not showing in the newsfeed (also not in the close friends section).

These are crucial FB items!

Han_07 says:

Exactly! You'll miss out most of the fb posts if you use the fb app! :(

drozdpatrick says:

Fb holds enough back to 3rds to make you want to scrap! ( photo update, calendar scroll, ect.). ???

aafa says:

It still crashes whenever I want to attach a picture to my status when picking a different album other than Camera Roll.

even the official app crashes doing the same thing.

pLUSpISTOL says:

Some people have already listed obvious bugs but here is one I have already sent as feedback.

Facebook group posts with polls attached do not show up at all. Not in the group or when you click a notification for one.

steve_w_7 says:

Kind of sad that this app is still in beta while every day, Facebook becomes less and less relevant.

Antluv82 says:

Bring back tha old FB metro style

rain620 says:

Yes! I like the old look of FB that's why I have this little happiness whenever I'm doing a hard reset on my phone, it gives me back the old FB... until I update it.

This one's like a literally flattened version of Android.

chmun77 says:

No please. I prefer this than the Metro big waste of banner space design.

Is it just me, or the original and the beta version is practically the same thing..?

vertgrall says:

There seems to some significant performance optimizations here. App feels much more responsive. Definitely *faster*

mrvhin1216 says:

Yeah, it's a bit faster now. However, when I first installed it, it says, "sorry, error!" Had it uninstalled and reinstalled, only to see it's crashing. Again, had it uninstalled-reinstalled. On the third try, I finally got it! I don't know if it's due to bad connection or whatever, but I hope it doesn't crashes this time and the bugs are finally fixed.

FAHMI BASSEM says:

Facebook notifications are not working on my Lumia 720

Train Rain says:

I have the same problem. I have only live tile without push notification. 

Ookiie says:

If this small bug fixes and speed improvments are all that MS can do in a month, then they should be ashamed.. they have been working on fb app since WP lunch, which is now more than 3 years away and they still havent manage to develop a decent FB app... I mean, FB has more than a billion users now, my primary message client is FB chat, the sms hub integrated thing is as bad as it get, and the thing in FB app managed to be even worse, which I tought would be impossible but it looks like MS don't care much for the "as crappy as it get" expiriance on the second most downloaded app in the market. I decided to give WP another try after Omnia 7 and Lumia 800, but right even craproid looks better to me.. Hope facebook takes over the app when WP 8.1 is released or MS put their shit together and make an app this platform deserves. Don't get me wrong, it's only one app but most of my friends use fb as primary source of communication, which means for me a bad FB experiance equals the same if phone part or sms wouldn't work as they should, and I believe I'm not the only one here....

James8561 says:

i don't get how the message hub integration is bad. care to elaborate?

Ookiie says:

it has no file share (ok.. at least sending pictures would be nice), cant see previous conversations (ex: I text on pc, take my phone and go somewhere and I cant see what someone wrote me in the mean time if I was offline (will talk later about always online), don't recieve the messages if I loose connection for a while, and while those problems can be fixed by quickly opening the fb chat in the fb app the biggest problem is if I'm set to online (which I'm used to from iOS and android) I recieve the messages all the time, even if I replied on PC in the mean time... can you imagine 4 active conversations, the only thing I hear is the notification sound on the phone. And there you go, I either go nuts by having fb chat always on on the phone, or miss some messages in the meantime when fb connects back, and I refuse to go offline and online all the time, it's pain in the ass to do so, plus other platforms function normally, why can't windows phone? and above all of that, notifications rarely comes on time.. they don't have big delays but even 5 seconds are bad for a normal chat and sometimes it takes up to a minute.. It's probably ok for someone who connect once a day to check who is online, but right now it's useless for me and other platforms offer waaaay better experiance.

and the FB app is not much better either, maybe if it could fetch new messages in real time it would be accaptable but now it refreshes every 30 seconds.

TJWINS says:

It is especially embarrassing when Rudy Hyun can build 6tindr in only 10 days and these douche bags can't code a Facebook app in 3 years! SMH!

angy ortiz says:

I dont know weather to use the official or the beta.

WINDOW LOVIN says:

I reccomend the BETA WAAAAY more faster and fluid. All we need now is emoticons.

James8561 says:

Much improved main tile image!

Hector Cantu says:

quite apart from the fact that the application is faster now if it shows the youtube direct post to facebook, at least mine did not do it before 

Since installing this, I can now definitely run faster.

drozdpatrick says:

What is taking so long? Bring Rudy on board and POW!

RobinPaul says:

Cover photo doesnt update when u change it

jawss says:

It IS faster! I'm finally able to upload photos to existing albums! Before it used to take forever to load the photo picker and therefore impossible to do so.

crea7or says:

So fast that it looks red now.

DarwinPurol says:

Fast enough compared to the lastest version. One thing i want them to add on this, an option to accept or not on timeline review.

CombatRock says:

Ill be happy when I can see photos posted from Imstagram on the FB app.

kyriacou48 says:

6Book, anyone? *Hint Hint Rudy*

k0de says:

No one. It is time to get rid of third party apps. WP8 will mature to the next big thing. It is time for talented Dev on WP8 to come up with their own creation. Facebook is doing just fine.

MaXi32 says:

i heard this 3 years ago... and it's going to be 4 years few months later.

TJWINS says:

I agree! Rudy single handedly will run circles around the incompetent team behind this pathetic app.

cybermoose89 says:

The tiles brighter things load quicker looking at shared links video links etc work better now

indieimprint says:

notifications are............. *gasp* slower. :'(

TJWINS says:

This app blows!! Always taking one step forward and two steps back. Now when I search friends' timelines nothing from todays posts show up! When I open the browser everything from today shows but not in this app! Who are the douche bags programming this app?

TJWINS says:

I wanna know why Tinder can hire Rudy but Microsoft can't SMH!

chmun77 says:

Chats are still not refreshed as promptly like the Android / iOS versions. Too much refreshing happening for every posting or loading of comments. Seriously, what MS is doing to the "official" Facebook app? Is it so difficult to port from Android or iOS, or rather Facebook is not giving support to MS like on other platforms?

smogg9 says:

at least its improving but all i need is a  fb app for my 920 with almost no lags, or taking forever to let me send a picture via messages...you know, something like ANDROID's or iOS's facebook app...yeeezus, im growing tired of this operating system, and i was really excited about it when i first got my 920

Messaging auto-refresh improved. Fixed crashing issue when trying to select pictures that are not in the camera roll.
But there's an error when viewing group chats at times. "unable to get data"

thelost24 says:

It's faster, but still lacks Sticker shop, maybe in 2018 MS will introduce Sticker shop to it's Facebook app

Krishsns says:

Still old bug remains. After sharing some content app scrolls to top.

Still draining battery like a dragon

As Always I don't feel any performance improvements

THEY .. NEED .. TO .. UPDATE .. THE .. CHAT .. MASSIVELY.