One of Windows Phone 7’s biggest USP is the social integration—Facebook & Twitter. Microsoft developed their own Facebook app for Windows Phone too. And it sucked. It was very basic and other than delayed push notifications, the app was of very little use. Today Microsoft has updated the app and it is an impressive update.
New Header with photo background:
This is a very interesting feature. For one it shows that the header of an app can be dynamic and different across hubs. The new Facebook app will pull photographs from your Facebook albums and use them background:
New Status Update UI:
The update box now looks more interesting, shows privacy options and location; even lets you images:
New Settings Menu:
Groups, Lists and Pages support:
I use Lists a lot. They’re very handy to ignore the noise and keep me updated on news from sources and people that matter. The Facebook app brings filters:
New Navigation and Filters:
There is not a lot that has changed regarding the News Feed & photos but the main app navigation has changed a lot. You can now filter the updates that you see.
A New Profile:
The Facebook now introduces a new profile that has three hubs. About me, Photos and updates are the three hubs that can be scrolled through:
- News feed performance improvements
- New panorama design.
- New profile design.
- Banner Images.
- Improved navigation.
- View “likes”
- Feed filters
- Posting privacy
- Bug fixing