Facebook for BlackBerry Version 1.6 Launches!

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After the release of Facebook® for BlackBerry® smartphones version 1.5 you told us we were missing some important features in our application, like the ability to view Photos and Profiles.  Well, we’ve been working hard and are excited to have these features available for you now in the new Facebook for BlackBerry version 1.6 release.

The new version will now let you:

– View your Status Feeds quickly as the application landing page, and give you quick access to the Facebook Publisher and your highlight feed.

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– View Profiles in order to see Wall posts.

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– Browse through Photo Albums.

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– Browse through Photos in a carousel view.

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Download the new version today from your desktop or from your BlackBerry smartphone and start exploring these new features in addition to the Friend List and Calendar Integration features added in the 1.5 release. Then, tell us what you think! We want to know what other features we should work on for our next release, too.

About Sean Hungerford

I’m the head of Product Management for BBM. I lead a team of incredible product managers that work closely with the development and marketing teams to bring the world’s best mobile social networking experience to users on BlackBerry, Android and iPhone. When I’m not busy with BBM you may find me on the tennis court or exploring KW with my Irish R&W Setter named River (for more on him check out my BBM Channel C0024F014 #Shamelessplug).

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  • sfingold

    In very typical blackberry and facebook like way, this version does not work correctly. No servicebooks for ical etc…wtf after this amount of time you would think somone could get it right

  • sfingold

    In very typical blackberry and facebook like way, this version does not work correctly. No servicebooks for ical etc…wtf after this amount of time you would think somone could get it right

  • http://www.rim.com/ Sean

    Thanks for the feedback! You’re right. There isn’t full BlackBerry calendar sync with the Facebook CICAL like there is with a BES CICAL services. Also, if your BlackBerry is connected to a BES the Facebook Friend List – Contact List Connect feature, and Facebook Calendar feature may be disabled by default.

  • http://www.rim.com Sean

    Thanks for the feedback! You’re right. There isn’t full BlackBerry calendar sync with the Facebook CICAL like there is with a BES CICAL services. Also, if your BlackBerry is connected to a BES the Facebook Friend List – Contact List Connect feature, and Facebook Calendar feature may be disabled by default.

  • harps

    I like the update but I can’t get the calendar syncing to work. Reading the post below I see the answer as I am on a BES.

  • harps

    I like the update but I can’t get the calendar syncing to work. Reading the post below I see the answer as I am on a BES.

  • Anthony G.

    thanks for the update guys,can you concentrate on getting higher quality support for youtube now…please. It looks awful.

  • Anthony G.

    thanks for the update guys,can you concentrate on getting higher quality support for youtube now…please. It looks awful.

  • Alex D.

    The comments state that the “Facebook Calendar feature may be disabled by default” when connected to a BES. Is there a way to enable it when connected to a BES?

  • Alex D.

    The comments state that the “Facebook Calendar feature may be disabled by default” when connected to a BES. Is there a way to enable it when connected to a BES?

  • belutz.myopenid.com

    I think there’s a bug that annoys me in this version. When I go to Friends List, some of my friends are not listed there.
    I have tried to refresh the friends list several times, but it still don’t show.

  • belutz.myopenid.com

    I think there’s a bug that annoys me in this version. When I go to Friends List, some of my friends are not listed there.
    I have tried to refresh the friends list several times, but it still don’t show.

  • dilorenzo

    the new facebook 1.6 app is really great!
    But what about implementing the facebook chat feature?
    is it technically possible?

  • dilorenzo

    the new facebook 1.6 app is really great!
    But what about implementing the facebook chat feature?
    is it technically possible?

  • chefrock

    I have the Tmobile 8320 curve with Wifi and I am not able to install the new Facebook V1.6 Application. Please help or advise how I can go about installing version 1.4 or 1.5. THANKS

  • chefrock

    I have the Tmobile 8320 curve with Wifi and I am not able to install the new Facebook V1.6 Application. Please help or advise how I can go about installing version 1.4 or 1.5. THANKS

  • dcdmq

    I live in Austria and have a Bold and I couldn’t download the new app yet. I also tried it over the website by sending the download link via E-mail, but it doesn’t work either.
    When I try with my bberry, it says that I don’t have the necessary requirements..which is BS.
    Anyway..guess it still got bugs.

  • dcdmq

    I live in Austria and have a Bold and I couldn’t download the new app yet. I also tried it over the website by sending the download link via E-mail, but it doesn’t work either.
    When I try with my bberry, it says that I don’t have the necessary requirements..which is BS.
    Anyway..guess it still got bugs.

  • http://www.rim.com/ Becky

    Sorry to hear this. When you try and retrieve your friends list does the progress meter show 100%?
    http://www.blackberry.com/btsc/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType;=kc&externalId;=KB18441

  • http://www.rim.com Becky

    Sorry to hear this. When you try and retrieve your friends list does the progress meter show 100%?
    http://www.blackberry.com/btsc/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=KB18441

  • http://www.rim.com/ Becky

    Others who experienced similar issues seemed to have success downloading the application from: http://www.blackberry.com/emea/facebook_download
    If you still receive the error meesage, follow this thread for further updates: http://supportforums.blackberry.com/rim/board/message?board.id=8900&thread.id;=4818&view;=by_date_ascending&page;=1

  • http://www.rim.com Becky

    Others who experienced similar issues seemed to have success downloading the application from: http://www.blackberry.com/emea/facebook_download
    If you still receive the error meesage, follow this thread for further updates: http://supportforums.blackberry.com/rim/board/message?board.id=8900&thread.id=4818&view=by_date_ascending&page=1

  • Vivian

    I am very excited with the screens that I am seeing in your blog and have tried to download the app, but am constantly getting the following error:
    “Could not connect because a data service is not available. Please try again later. If this continues, contact your service provider for support.”
    The 1.5 version worked without a problem on my bberry and I also still have access to the web, msn, etc – so it is specifically related to the new 1.6 :(
    Any ideas? This is very frustrating :s
    Thanks!
    Vivian
    ps. I have a Spanish number and am currently roaming in the US by using the edge network – but this was not an issue until the new download :(

  • Vivian

    I am very excited with the screens that I am seeing in your blog and have tried to download the app, but am constantly getting the following error:
    “Could not connect because a data service is not available. Please try again later. If this continues, contact your service provider for support.”
    The 1.5 version worked without a problem on my bberry and I also still have access to the web, msn, etc – so it is specifically related to the new 1.6 :(
    Any ideas? This is very frustrating :s
    Thanks!
    Vivian
    ps. I have a Spanish number and am currently roaming in the US by using the edge network – but this was not an issue until the new download :(

  • Ian

    I have noticed only two issues with FB 1.6:
    The application is slow, especially when retrieving comments. But I find the application slow at times even when not retrieving comments. Not sure what’s going on, but FB 1.5 was more responsive when navigating the application.
    If there is a link in a comment (or presumably any other block of text), the text block distorts/becomes fuzzy when scrolling. This only seems to happen when a text block contains a link. For example, if I am scrolling through comments and I come across a comment with a link in it, when the comment cell is highlighted in blue, the text in that cell becomes distorted/fuzzy.
    Can someone look into these issues please? Otherwise, I find the application to be satisfactory. I am running FB 1.6 on a Bold with OS 4.6.0.266. Thanks.

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