Facebook 1.7 en-route to BlackBerry; compatible with OS 5.0Aaron Baker - Director, Content and Partnerships
BlackBerry users that have tested OS 5.0 in any way, shape, or form will most likely agree with me - once you've used 5.0 (and included goodies like threaded text messaging), it's hard to go back to OS 4.6. But most of us end up going back anyway. Why, you ask? Because a vast majority of third party apps don't work with 5.0 as of yet. When I was running OS 18.104.22.168 on my Bold, I couldn't download BlackBerry App World, Google Voice, and some of my other apps I needed and used on a regular basis. Though I don't have a Facebook account, it's well known that the current version for BlackBerry is incompatible with all versions of 5.0. Die-hard Facebook users have either been forced to browse their Facebook accounts through the browser, or downgrade to the stock OS 4.6/4.7 (depending on your device).
Rumored to land in September, Facebook v1.7 is on its way, and if rumors are correct, it's fully functional with OS 5.0. And time-wise, that makes sense, as the BlackBerry Bold 9700 (which is slated to run 5.0) is on its way to AT&T and T-Mobile. New devices aside, it's great news for those that like to run beta builds on their devices. One third party app down, many more to go.
New Facebook 1.7 features include:
- Revised "View Profile" option
- Ability to filter the news feed (seen in picture)
- Faster page loading
For those that have downloaded and used OS 5.0, what (if any) of your apps don't work properly? Have you been forced to go back to 4.6/4.7 for application reasons? I'd love to hear from you...