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December 23, 2013

Official Facebook app for Windows Phone gets better notifications, new Live Tiles

The team behind the official Facebook app for Windows Phone released a new update today that significantly evolves the app’s notification capabilities, making it easier than ever to stay plugged in.

Improved notifications was the No. 1 request from Facebook power users who test and supply feedback on the beta version of our official app. In response, the team really dug in, adding new chat notifications and new ways to leverage Live Tiles. Version 5.2 highlights include:

  • Redesigned primary Live Tiles. Now you can see what your friends have posted on your wall right from your Start screen. But that’s just the beginning….
  • New secondary Live Tiles. For the first time, you can pin Facebook chat, events, groups, pages, and photo albums to Start. Only on Windows Phone can you see who commented on a photo, what they wrote and which photo they commented on, from you phone’s Start screen Live Tile.
  • More languages. The new update more than doubles the number of supported languages to 50 (up from the current 20). The app now supports all languages currently supported by Windows Phone.

That’s the big stuff—but by no means everything you’ll find in this new release. There are also upgrades to messaging, which now supports stickers and emoticons, plus the de rigueur speed and reliability improvements. What do you think?