Facebook for BlackBerry Smartphones v2.0 (Beta Refresh): Support for OS 5.0 is here!

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Facebook for BlackBerry Smartphones v2.0

We’ve been really pleased with your feedback on the initial beta release of the Facebook® for BlackBerry® smartphones v2.0 app that launched just six weeks ago. In terms of beta user satisfaction, Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones v2.0 has achieved some of the highest ratings ever received on a BlackBerry smartphone beta app. We’re pleased to announce that the beta refresh of Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones v2.0 is available in BlackBerry® Beta Zone today, and that it includes the much-anticipated support for BlackBerry® Device Software v.5.0.

What’s New?

In addition to BlackBerry Device Software v.5.0 support, we’ve also added several new features and performance enhancements to improve the initial beta version. Let’s take a look at some of the new additions:

Facebook Chat Enhancements

Facebook for BlackBerry Smartphones v2.0

While chatting with your friends, you will now know when they’re typing a message by the visual cue of “is typing a message”. As well, you can filter your Online Contacts to quickly find a specific friend and start a Chat message.

Facebook for BlackBerry Smartphones v2.0

View Mutual Friends and Friends List

Facebook for BlackBerry Smartphones v2.0

The ability to view Mutual Friends and Friends List is available from the Info tab on Profiles. With the new Mutual Friends feature, you can discover which friends you have in common with another user. You can also now view a user’s Friends List from their Profile if their privacy settings permit this.

Facebook for BlackBerry Smartphones v2.0

Enhanced Integration with BlackBerry Native Apps

Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones v2.0 is more integrated with native BlackBerry smartphone apps than ever. You can now click on PINs, phone numbers and email addresses that are displayed on Wall posts, messages on the Info tab, and either perform the respective action (e.g. place a call) or save the information to your BlackBerry Contacts application.

Facebook for BlackBerry Smartphones v2.0

Performance Enhancements

As mentioned above, we also added these performance enhancements to Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones v2.0:

  • Improved Facebook Chat connection.
  • Cursor no longer disappears while scrolling through the News Feed.
  • Consistent Chat message delivery notifications.
  • Improved Online Contacts list loading time.

To download the latest beta version of Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones v2.0, you need to register to become a BlackBerry Beta Zone member. Please note that you must reside in one of the countries listed here in order to participate in the beta.

We truly appreciate the feedback and participation from our beta testers, and value their commitment to helping Research In Motion® (RIM®) deliver a high-quality app!

About Kirsty C.

Communication Manager Kirsty joined Research In Motion (RIM) in 2003 and has been working on various aspects of the social networking product portfolio since 2008. Kirsty is a member of the Product Management team responsible for the Facebook for BlackBerry, Twitter for BlackBerry and Social Feeds applications, and works closely with RIM internal teams on product readiness initiatives and go-to-market strategies. As a communications enthusiast and advocate of social media, Kirsty looks forward to contributing to the RIM blog community and connecting with the readers.

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