Early this week, new version of BlackBerry Facebook Application v 188.8.131.52 has been released. The application has the same interface as the previous version but I’m happy to see a few pleasent changes. The new features include:
1. Ability to respond to status comments. It was not available earlier, rather you had to jump to the mobile version of the site in the browser.
2. A cool transition between chaning screens. See video below:
3. A setup wizard and detailed settings screen. This screen has some interesting settings including linking Facebook app with contacts, calendar and messages on the device.
4. Capability of auto-linking your facebook friends with your Blackberry address book. Facebook app does it quite intelligently. At lease one field, like your email, phone number or msn id should match with the records in Facebook.
5. Capability of importing facebook events to your Blackberry calendar.
6. You can opt to show Facebook notifications in your messages list with a facebook icon.
7. Capability of checking spellings before sending a message or wall post.
8. Capability of calling friends right from the Facebook friends list. The numebrs are downloaded from the Facebook’s phonebook.
In addition to above new functionalities, old stuff is always there that includes:
1. Sending messages to friends.
2. Sending friend requests via email.
3. Poking friends
4. Writing on walls
5. Uploading photos from your phone. This includes labeling photo, tagging friends in the photos and selecting the destination album or creating one.
6. Viewing status messages
7. Viewing the notification list. This is the first screen you see when you launch the app.
8. And ringing your phone on every notification as per your preferences.
In short, Facebook app adds one more reason for me to carry a Blackberry. Enjoy!!!
Please do let me know if I’ve missed out anything in the lists above.