Today marks the fourth beta release of Facebook® for BlackBerry® smartphones v2.0. Over the course of the last several months, we’ve introduced a slew of new features and functionality. Starting with the initial Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones v2.0 beta release, we introduced Facebook Chat and a brand-new interface. In the Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones v2.0 beta refresh, we added support for BlackBerry® Device Software 5.0 in addition to some new features and performance enhancements. And the Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones v2.0 beta 3 release included some of the top requested features, like Wi-Fi® support, the ability to delete comments and posts, and a new prompt that appears before you delete a Facebook message.
To add to the lineup of features in Facebook v2.0, this beta release includes some highly anticipated additions.
Enhanced Notifications – Get Notified of ‘Likes’
We’ve made several improvements to notifications; the first is that you’ll be now be notified of polled items (that is, notifications that aren’t delivered through BlackBerry® push technology), such as ‘Likes’ and Event Wall posts. The notification will even tell you who and what was ‘Liked’, so you’ll never miss a beat in your social life. By default, polled notifications will be set to a one-hour frequency but you can check as often as you like by selecting Refresh from the Menu.
And not to worry, polled notifications won’t drain your battery or consume unnecessary network usage since polling activity will automatically adjust according to your usage. For example, polling activity will be reduced during the night when the device is inactive.
After upgrading to the latest beta release, you’ll also notice upon initial sign-in that any notifications received over the last seven days will be populated in the notifications bar.
Cross-Channel Messaging – Share Facebook Content across BlackBerry Messaging Applications
Want to share something on Facebook with a contact from your BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™) application? No problem! Deep integration of Facebook with core BlackBerry applications means you can efficiently send News Feed items to other messaging applications, like email, SMS, BBM, Twitter® and more. (Did you know you can also share content from Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones and Social Feeds with the Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones app? Try it out!)
Enhanced Integration with BlackBerry Native Apps
Building on enhanced integration with native BlackBerry smartphone apps, which was introduced with the Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones v2.0 beta refresh, Facebook v2.0 now includes additional messaging options from the ‘More’ button within a Profile and from the Friends list.
In-App Error Reporting
If you haven’t already downloaded the BlackBerry Feedback Tool from BlackBerry App World, you can install it through the Menu in the Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones app. The BlackBerry Feedback Tool can be used to send feedback on BlackBerry smartphone features, functions and applications at any time and is currently available in English only.
BlackBerry smartphone users with a touch screen device will now have Compose, Reply and Delete icons located along the bottom of the device screen in the Facebook Inbox for quick and easy access to these popular features. (UPDATE June 30/2011: Touch Toolbar is only available for BlackBerry 6 users.)
To download the latest beta version, you need to register to become a BlackBerry® Beta Zone member. Please note that you must reside in one of the BlackBerry Beta Zone supported countries in order to participate in the latest beta release.
As we near the end of the Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones v2.0 beta program, I invite you to please post a comment below to share your feedback and tell us what you think about this latest release.