Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Update Now Available

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Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook tablet video uploading

Not only did we release an update for the BlackBerry® Tablet OS today, but the Facebook® for BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet app has been updated as well! The update is available as part of the OTA (over-the-air) BlackBerry Tablet OS v1.0.5 update and will also become available for download from the BlackBerry App World™ storefront over the next 24 hours. Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook tablet users are sure to love the new features that have been added since the initial release last month, including:

    • Video uploading
    • Facebook Search enhancements
    • Improved access to Pages
    • Message deletion
    • News Feed improvements

Let’s go over the new additions!

Video Uploading

We think Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook tablet users are going to love this new feature. Using the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet’s high-resolution video recorder, you can shoot a video and upload it on the spot, or select an existing video from your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet’s media library and upload it to Facebook. How cool (and easy) is that?

Facebook Search Enhancements

Facebook Search for BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

Facebook Search has been enhanced with a more intuitive access point and improved search capabilities. From the new Search icon on the Notifications Bar, you can filter your Friends list using the Friends Search, find that long lost childhood friend that you’ve been meaning to connect with using the Everyone Search, and even become a fan of your favorite band’s Facebook Page using the Pages Search.

Improved Access to Pages

Facebook Pages for BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

A new Pages tab is accessible from the Friends list where you can view My Pages and Pages You Like and seamlessly link to them to view and interact with their Wall, Info, and Photos.

Message Deletion

Facebook Message deletion for BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

You can now delete a Facebook message. Simply press and hold the screen until a delete button appears, and then tap the delete button to remove the message. (Note: Deleting a Facebook message from the Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook app will also permanently delete it from your Facebook account, so use this feature wisely!)

Photo Upload Album Selection

Facebook Photo upload for BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

Organization of your Facebook albums just got easier. When uploading a photo, simply select the album that you would like to upload the photo to.

News Feed Improvements

Facebook comment for BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

You’ll also notice that you can interact with your News Feeds via the More button to Like or comment on posts without having to leave the News Feed view. Extra convenience is a key focus in this update!

Options and Help Center
Facebook Options for BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

Lastly, we’ve removed the Options icon from the Notifications bar, but don’t fret: you can still access Options – as well as the Help Center and Logout button – by swiping down from the top frame of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet screen to reveal these options.

As we mentioned earlier, this update will become available for download from the BlackBerry App World storefront over the next 24 hours, and is also included in the newest OS update for the BlackBerry PlayBook – v1.0.5. Be sure to check out this exciting new release – then come back and post a comment to tell us what you think!

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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