Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones through BlackBerry Beta Zone is now avilable. Here're a few examples of what's new in Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones v1.9:
- First off, there's now a dedicated inbox for Facebook messages. This inbox syncs with the Web-based Facebook inbox in real-time, including read states. And if you want to, you can integrate it into BlackBerry inbox as well. Also, as part of these new views, the app pre-fetches 30 of your existing Facebook messages in order to pre-populate your inbox with your existing messages when you first log in!
With v.1.9 Facebook Messages inbox on BlackBerry smartphone are now also synchronized with inbox on the web, so deleted and opened items now stay in sync.
- Search functionality has also been enhanced. You can now search for people and pages from within the app. Depending on privacy settings, you can view mutual friends, enlarge people's pictures, 'Like" pages, and send friend requests all from the search results.
- And if your device runs BlackBerry OS 6, Facebook search is now integrated into Universal Search. So if you enter a search query into your BlackBerry's Universal Search box, you'll also get search results from Facebook.
- In addition an optimized Friends List to add profile photos of your friends and have made it possible to view pages in list form. Also updated navigation bar so you can view your profile, and add new icons for Facebook search and Message view. The full release of Facebook for BlackBerry smartphone v1.9 will also include Facebook Places and additional UI updates. Stay tuned for more announcements!