RIM shows off Facebook app for Blackberry 10

Research in Motion have had a really busy week showing off the first real glimpse of Blackberry 10, their brand new operating system. Then they crushed all our hopes and dreams, while simultaneously creating a new meme, by releasing this. Coming back from that, the Canadian company has released another video, this time to showcase their new Facebook app. This is probably the first real world application and demo that we have seen of this new operating system. 

The Facebook app in itself is nothing special, meaning no extra or unexpected features are on board. However, it should do its job nicely as it supports all the usual Facebook features, including Timeline. The interface reminds us a bit of the one found on Android.

What's different about this app though, is that unlike it's iOS or Android cousins, it's being built by RIM themselves, which should mean better integration with the phone as a whole. And we can actually see a glimmer, or should I say a peek, of this in the video: the buttery smooth scrolling is one effect of that, as well as support for RIM's Peek function that is core to BB10. Another benefit of this deeper integration is the fact that Facebook messages and notifications will show up in Blackberry's main messaging pane.

It's worthy to note that Techcrunch reported that during RIM's keynote a few days ago the app crashed and pretty much took the whole phone with it, so having deep integration can definitely be a double edged sword.

Now there's only one question left: will anybody still care that Blackberries have a good Facebook app in 2013?

Source: TheNextWeb

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RIM isn't going to win over consumers by providing something their competition already has... but RIM does have one thing they don't... privacy! They should never comply with government spying like the other guys do daily. Make us a spy phone. Give us privacy... then I would probably buy one.

I think RIM has to do more than simply catch up with other smartphone operating systems. Facebook for Android and iOS has been great for a long time now. If they really want to stand out, then they'll have to do better than a Facebook app.

The deeper OS integration is great but I don't think a lot of people will take notice of something like that. As LogicalApex said, things like web browsing and email are more important.

It's amazing how they pretend they're showing us something special when these things are considered normal on just about every other major platform in existence. Look, after 5 years our smartphones are finally able to scroll smoothly!

This coming from an ex-BlackBerry Torch 9860 owner.

Do you expect them to demo their product in a negative light? Of course they're going to make it seem special. That's what companies do when they try to sell a product.

You're talking about the most basic of basic things. FYI, they promised the smooth scrolling with BlackBerry 7 OS as well.

.Neo said,
You're talking about the most basic of basic things. FYI, they promised the smooth scrolling with BlackBerry 7 OS as well.

Facebook support may be basic but even so, they still have to "show off" the app to developers and consumers. I don't think it's great that they're finally catching up. I think it's necessary. They'll have to do something to make their Facebook app stand apart from the rest. One way I can think of is better OS integration. Anyway, this is just the first look at an unreleased app so a lot could change from now to release day.

Look we have a Facebook app where you can actually accept friend requests! Yeah, you're totally right, that's definitely something that needs to be demoed.

I haven't seen anything in there that isn't in iOS 6 as well.

There's no need for sarcasm. He was going through the "navigational elements". They did it to show people what a friend request looks like in the BB10 Facebook app. It's just a demo to show that it's similar to the Android and iOS Facebook apps but also different. The peek feature is what makes this app stand apart from the others.

The peek function is simply an OS feature. It's same as saying:

The BlackBerry OS 10 Facebook app doesn't have Live Titles
You don't get Facebook notifications in Windows through Notification Center
There's no Metro Facebook app on OS X

Just per example. The Facebook app in itself didn't show anything special.

Edited by .Neo, Sep 28 2012, 1:09pm :

.Neo said,
The peek function is simply an OS feature. It's same as saying:

The BlackBerry OS 10 Facebook app doesn't have Live Titles
You don't get Facebook notifications in Windows through Notification Center
There's no Metro Facebook app on OS X

Just per example. The Facebook app in itself didn't show anything special.

Remember, this is dev conference. They were simply showing off to DEVELOPERS that you can develop the same robust application on blackberry that you can on IOS/Android. This wasn't a consumer show. They aren't using this to sell their phones, they are trying to sell the platform to developers.

So what they're saying is, it does the same as other smartphones do. That's not exactly a great way to try and sell your product!

I'm not exactly sure but do the Android and iOS versions of Facebook integrate with its respective operating systems? If not, then that would be a good selling point for Facebook in BB10.

Anaron said,
I'm not exactly sure but do the Android and iOS versions of Facebook integrate with its respective operating systems? If not, then that would be a good selling point for Facebook in BB10.

iOS 6 and Windows Phone 7.5 have Facebook integration.

Anaron said,
I'm not exactly sure but do the Android and iOS versions of Facebook integrate with its respective operating systems? If not, then that would be a good selling point for Facebook in BB10.

Also nothing demo'd on that video isn't available on iOS/Android. If they showed off some amazing integration with messages (better than WP) then we'd have something to talk about

I'm odd, but I don't think I care about any phone's Facebook integration. I do need it to do other stuff really well though... Web browsing, email, and making phone calls are my top priorities.

So, in that vein, I'm sure RIM will be fine as long as they get out something new.

BajiRav said,

so?

IDKY you felt it was necessary to just say "so?". To humor myself I am going to answer your "question". The reason I posted that was that it's not a new feature blackberry created maybe the person didn't realize it. I wasn't trying to be a jerk about, hence the just saying part at the end. I personally don't care either way since eventually this will be vaporware or a failed OS. Blackberry was once a mighty device but like the VHS and the Walkman, technology moves forward and something eventually gets left behind.

Leopoldo Dante Rodriguez said,

um...windows phone did that since day one. js

Actully Blackberry has been doing this for a while, since the second version of the Facebook app came out over a year and a half a go