Facebook 1.5 Coming in Early 2009

With the recent release of the long-waited MySpace app for BlackBerry, I thought it might a good time to highlight some of the other items on the BIS Roadmap coming your way in 2009...

FaceBook for BlackBerry version 1.5 is targeted for a January 2009 release, and will include the deeper integration with Facebook while maintaining the unique push features offered in current application. New features in version 1.5 include:

  • New Account Creation - the ability to create a new Facebook account directly on the BlackBerry handheld.
  • Access and Manage Facebook Phone Book - the ability to view friends phone numbers, request friends phone numbers, publish your phone number and even add these to your BlackBerry address book.
  • Facebook Birthday and BlackBerry Calendar Link - the ability to automatically import & link friends birthdays in to the BlackBerry Calendar as part of the Facebook Friend List linking
  • Facebook Event Calendar and Blackberry Calendar Link - the ability to save Facebook events into the BlackBerry Calendar. Facebook events will be differentiated by a different color and an event reminder notification may be set up.  

Facebook version 2.0 is also in the works, but that is scoped for later in the year as part of BIS 2.7, along with newer versions of the Flickr and MySpace app. I'll keep ya posted as we learn more!