Facebook Beta for Windows Phone updated

A minor update to the Facebook Beta app for Windows Phone 8 has been released into the wild. The controversially non-metro version has been doing the rounds for a short while. Judging by the version jump from 5.0.1.2 to 5.0.1.3 and the complete lack of version changes that seem to accompany these tweaks it looks to be some bug squashing only.

The app caused a storm in a teacup when it took on the styling of its Android and iOS counterparts while it picked up some nice new touches. Many welcome the new design and the renewed efforts to bring a great Facebook experience to the platform.

A quick look around the app doesn’t reveal too much to get excited about as expected. It’s a smooth update that doesn’t require you to re-login to Facebook like some betas can. As with any update like this you’re bound to notice a little speed bump due to the actual update but overall it’s pretty much business as usual.

For those of you (count us too) who might be expecting basic things like notifications in-app to work properly will be disappointed. The same can be said for toast notifications too, in quick testing no alerts pop up from the Facebook app. Notifications with Facebook have been a constant problem with every Windows Phone version so it isn’t much of a surprise it’s still the same.

If you want to help road test the beta then you’ll need to hit up the link here to download or scan the QR code below. If you already have the beta you’ll be prompted to update, if you have any problems we’d suggest removing the app completely and installing a fresh copy.

If you have noticed any changes we missed, let us know.

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It's a nice app, and a Beta that's well on its way... I am eager to see future updates and improvements as it moves towards final.

For sure, would actually prefer they just built out the People Hub with all this stuff with incremental updates. I fear MS are leaving the whole integrated approach behind.

Robert Brand said,
For sure, would actually prefer they just built out the People Hub with all this stuff with incremental updates. I fear MS are leaving the whole integrated approach behind.

would have prefered the integration in the system being developed too. but well.. more than feeding news pictures is not really working. chat is inconsistent, notifications are and groups and pages never even worked

Robert Brand said,
For sure, would actually prefer they just built out the People Hub with all this stuff with incremental updates. I fear MS are leaving the whole integrated approach behind.

I would have loved the main hubs to have been added as apps that can be updated without needing major OS updates (that have to be ok'd by OEM's and carriers), that way we'd have fast updates of core features.

This is meant to be an early adopter type affair for WP8 so hopefully a WP7.x version is still coming. Plenty of older devices in active service, they need to look after everyone.

This app is missing much, while still improving on the old app ten-fold. It's amazing how many features we miss out because Facebook won't develop the app themselves and release their new updates as they do them.

That being said, this app leaves you with much to want..

1. Being able to set notification settings/privacy settings on a person/group
2. Being able to invite/set admins and options for groups/pages.
3. Doing anything as a page really.
4. Doing anything in groups besides looking at posts and posting.
5. Making animations smoother and make the app overall faster.

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