Facebook 1.5

After seeing the Facebook 1.5 app get an early review last week and the MySpace app get officially updated to version 1.5, I know a lot of you are eagerly awaiting the release of the Facebook 1.5 app. We've got some positive and negative news on that front...

On the postive side, it seems a little snafu happened yesterday that points to a release being potentially near at hand - it seems RIM published a bunch of Knowledge Base articles about Facebook 1.5 to their Technical Solution Center (details/links below) which they then promptly removed from public access when somebody realized it wasn't yet available (thank you Google Reader for caching the feed and big thanks to Jerry for the tip):

  • Facebook messages do not display correctly -KB17664
  • Link a Facebook friend to an existing contact on the BlackBerry smartphone - KB17090
  • Wall to Wall conversation threading - KB16332
  • Access Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones 1.5 using the Search application on the BlackBerry smartphone - KB16338
  • Reply to photo comments in Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones 1.5 - KB16340
  • Type an email address for a recipient who is not in your friends list in Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones 1.5 - KB16359
  • How to view or request a friend's phone number in Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones 1.5 - KB16360
  • Add and update your phone number in Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones 1.5 - KB16361
  • Send Facebook messages to multiple recipients using Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones 1.5 - KB16363
  • Message conversation threading in Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones 1.5 - KB16364
  • Add Facebook friends to the Contacts application on the BlackBerry smartphone - KB16365
  • Send Facebook messages to a pre-defined Facebook friend distribution list - KB16366
  • Calling friends from Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones - KB16367
  • Integrate Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones 1.5 with the Messages application on the BlackBerry smartphone - KB16368
  • Minimum requirements for Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones 1.5 - KB16369
  • Add Facebook events to the Calendar application on the BlackBerry smartphone - KB16331

On the potentially bad news side, we've actually had a few reports come in now saying the release of the Facebook 1.5 app is at least a few weeks away still (read: April... potentially even May). We HOPE this isn't the case, but it sounds like there may still be some room for improvement in the app stability department that needs to be addressed before it gets released. We'll keep you updated as we learn more.