Facebook Windows Phone 7 Mango update next week

With the new Mango update to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system now widely available, it looks like we will be getting an updated Mango-based version of the Windows Phone 7 Facebook app. Pocket-Lint.com reports that during Nokia World on Tuesday, it was revealed that the Mango-based Facebook app should be released sometime next week.

The cool thing about the Mango edition of Facebook is that users will have the ability to "deep link" into the app. No, it's not a kinky cyber sex act, it simply means that you will be able to see your Facebook messages and your News Feed on the homepage of your Windows Phone 7 smartphone. So you will be able to quickly see if someone gives you an unwanted Mafia Wars 2 invitation.

There's not much more info about what other features the app will contain at this point. We would like to see the Facebook app order pizza and give us tickets to go see The Book of Mormon on Broadway but that's just us. We do know that the app is supposed to work with Windows Phone 7's imbedded functionality; again: not to do with sex.

With the announcement of Nokia's Lumia 710 and 800 smartphones and their launch in the UK and other territories planned for November, we suspect that the Mango version of the Facebook app will be getting a lot more use than the current version.

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dotf said,
They better have poking!

nice one. so I could carry on my poke war that's been lasting for 2 years with my friend. I always have to find a PC to poke him back.

Personally I don't care about the app. I would like to see Facebook make it so the phone isn't seen as third party. That way I can see my contacts that I should have access to, even if they have disabled 3rd party apps. None of the phone apps (WP7, iOS, Andriod) are 3rd party, so why should the WP7 OS be seen as a third party.

"We would like to see the Facebook app order pizza (...)"
Looking at your picture Mr. John, I'm sure you would. I'm sure you would.

I however, would like you to take the "unprofessional journalism" tagline a tad less seriously. Pizza, tickets, sex? In a Facebook/Windows Phone article? Way too unprofessional and unfunny.

fsX said,
"We would like to see the Facebook app order pizza (...)"
Looking at your picture Mr. John, I'm sure you would. I'm sure you would.

I however, would like you to take the "unprofessional journalism" tagline a tad less seriously. Pizza, tickets, sex? In a Facebook/Windows Phone article? Way too unprofessional and unfunny.

That lines were too forced for my taste. The article itself was good but the "jokes" were not, totally uncalled for.

I'm glad to see this get an update, but with all of the Facebook features that are built into the OS at this point, I find myself very rarely needing the Facebook App. I think I've opened it twice since updating to Mango...

(Though it is nice if a friend wants to check their Facebook from my phone...). So I'll definitely be keeping it.

CheckOne said,
I'm glad to see this get an update, but with all of the Facebook features that are built into the OS at this point, I find myself very rarely needing the Facebook App. I think I've opened it twice since updating to Mango...

(Though it is nice if a friend wants to check their Facebook from my phone...). So I'll definitely be keeping it.

That's about the only time my Facebook App gets opened now too. The only thing I used it for prior to Mango was pictures and now I don't even have to worry about that. lol

It is very unfortunate that despite all the integration of Facebook within the WP7 platform, I have to use the app because my friends privacy settings prevent me from accessing their info through the hubs. Then again, it's a problem by Facebook, but I hope this is resolved soon.

Wang030 said,
It is very unfortunate that despite all the integration of Facebook within the WP7 platform, I have to use the app because my friends privacy settings prevent me from accessing their info through the hubs. Then again, it's a problem by Facebook, but I hope this is resolved soon.

I agree. If I can see their content in the browser when I'm logged in I should be able to see it on my phone when I'm logged in. Microsoft and Facebook really do need to address this.

CheckOne said,

I agree. If I can see their content in the browser when I'm logged in I should be able to see it on my phone when I'm logged in. Microsoft and Facebook really do need to address this.

I agree.

CheckOne said,

I agree. If I can see their content in the browser when I'm logged in I should be able to see it on my phone when I'm logged in. Microsoft and Facebook really do need to address this.

WP7 use of Facebook is based on the same Live Facebook integration. This is where the Facebook security updates and new features haven't made it over to the API hooks for Live.com and WP7. Considering that Facebook is in a state of change and Mango is new, I can understand the delay, but I also suggest that you drop a note too both the WP7/Live and Facebook teams so they can get it coordinated, the more 'important' we make it by bringing it to their attention, the faster it will happen.

Nice. Now my homepage will know that my cousin is making spaghetti sauce and that my friend's baby coughs a bit more lately!

Seriously tho... can't wait. I thought that with Mango I wouldn't need the app at all but I still need it to PM people and sometimes the integrated notification system doesn't show some of the latest entries.

Mouettus said,
Nice. Now my homepage will know that my cousin is making spaghetti sauce and that my friend's baby coughs a bit more lately!

Seriously tho... can't wait. I thought that with Mango I wouldn't need the app at all but I still need it to PM people and sometimes the integrated notification system doesn't show some of the latest entries.

You can already do that first part by pinning them to the Start screen.

Mouettus said,
Nice. Now my homepage will know that my cousin is making spaghetti sauce and that my friend's baby coughs a bit more lately!

Seriously tho... can't wait. I thought that with Mango I wouldn't need the app at all but I still need it to PM people and sometimes the integrated notification system doesn't show some of the latest entries.

The issues you raise are how it works. You can pin people and groups already, and as for missed notifications, if you click on yourself "Me", you can see your entire notification list.

Another feature with the integration people skip over is the 'history' click on any person and swipe over to history, you have all the notifications, emails, calls from all services including facebook listed in one clean place without the Wall posts.

The main thing I notice that Facebook on WP7 is missing, is Facebook groups. We can create and use Live/Phone groups, but not Facebook groups, and the dedicated Facebook App doesn't support groups either, which a feature I have used a lot this last year. WP7 also doesn't have support for the new Facebook Lists.

List + Groups even if in the Facebook App would complete things.

For now, the Facebook website (Mobile/Desktop) works fine on the phone, so it isn't like we are devoid of this functionality at the moment. It does show how reliant we are becoming to the integrated hub concept as we are wanting more features 'there' and not have to use the App or the Web like non-WP7 users have to do.

thenetavenger said,

The issues you raise are how it works. You can pin people and groups already, and as for missed notifications, if you click on yourself "Me", you can see your entire notification list.

Another feature with the integration people skip over is the 'history' click on any person and swipe over to history, you have all the notifications, emails, calls from all services including facebook listed in one clean place without the Wall posts.

The main thing I notice that Facebook on WP7 is missing, is Facebook groups. We can create and use Live/Phone groups, but not Facebook groups, and the dedicated Facebook App doesn't support groups either, which a feature I have used a lot this last year. WP7 also doesn't have support for the new Facebook Lists.

List + Groups even if in the Facebook App would complete things.

For now, the Facebook website (Mobile/Desktop) works fine on the phone, so it isn't like we are devoid of this functionality at the moment. It does show how reliant we are becoming to the integrated hub concept as we are wanting more features 'there' and not have to use the App or the Web like non-WP7 users have to do.

I have never seen social network notifications on the History pivot, those are still only available in the Notifications pivot under the Me tile. Hopefully, the Facebook Mango update that's coming next week is well thought out. Ideally, you'd be able to pin individual groups to the Start screen that would deep-link right into it. The tile would be double-sided of course to show updates. I don't like getting a notification whenever someone posts on a group's Wall, but I wouldn't mind seeing the update on the tile.

Microsoft also need to really kick up their Push service and implement native Toast notifications for Facebook and Twitter updates. Right now only the Facebook app does, which take you into the app as opposed to the integrated experience when clicked. I have to rely on emails for Twitter mentions, but of course their is not differentiating sound for Twitter email. So when I see it's from Twitter, I go to the Me tile to see it because you can't reply through email because you can't reply though email. If the tweet are part of a conversation, they don't thread together, they did for sometimes during the Mango beta but not anymore. All Push notifications should aggregate in the Notifications pivot as well.

WP7 notifications system sucks rather hard when you actually think about it.

ibsan said,
Good news... I can't wait to get my hands on the Lumia 800... hating my HD7 now lol

Same here, but at least you have a WP. I have an iPhone 4. I can't tell you how much I hate it right now.

ibsan said,
Good news... I can't wait to get my hands on the Lumia 800... hating my HD7 now lol

You so crazy. There is no way in hell that I could go back to a smaller phone after using my HD7 for the past 7 or so months. If I was to upgrade, i'd have to go with a HTC Titan or a Focus S.

Heydos said,

You so crazy. There is no way in hell that I could go back to a smaller phone after using my HD7 for the past 7 or so months. If I was to upgrade, i'd have to go with a HTC Titan or a Focus S.

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