Facebook Mobile Site Gets a Facelift

By Adam Zeis on 7 Oct 2009 09:35 am EDT
Facebook Mobile

I received a Facebook message last night, I clicked through a link and was taken to a strange version of Facebook mobile. I assumed that m.facebook.com had received an overhaul, but after refreshing I saw the same ol' Facebook mobile. A quick bit of recon turned up nothing and that was that. Well browsing through my RSS feeds this morning I came across a post on our sister site precentral.net that said Facebook mobile has been revamped. Apparently x.facebook.com is the way to go for smartphone users. This mobile site is optimized for smartphone browsers, and this is the site that is sporting a new look. I had no idea x.facebook.com exsited, but it definitely will land in my bookmarks now. 

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Facebook Mobile Site Gets a Facelift


I just went to the page on my Storm and while the clickable areas don't highlight when you touch them you can click the screen and have it take you to other areas of the site. It does make it interesting though since you can't be certain exactly where you will end up.

Nice - this looks like the version that is on my iPod Touch. Much nicer than the m.facebook.com version.

Loads a lot faster that's for sure. hope this isn't a hacked facebook site made to look official, only saying that because of the "x" in x.facebook.com

The x.facebook.com is not an aliased or hacked site. It is legit. As Adam noted in his post, the x.facebook.com site is designed for smartphones. There is actually another facebook site specifically designed for the iPhone as well, iphone.facebook.com. not sure if facebook is planning on customizing a subdomain for every smartphone type like that, but in the mean time, iphone.facebook.com or x.facebook.com should work.

This site is non-responsive in the BlackBerry browser, even if I turn on the cursor. I was able to log in, but the header and footer load and the rest of the page is blank. I cleared cache and cookies, still didn't work. Anyone confirm this site is legit and not a phishing hole?

I was able to login but could not click the blue login button to do it - had to press enter after my password.

After that I see a Facebook bar with Home, Profile, Friends and Inbox and below it all white with a hard-to-see loading icon: |||

Doubt it's hacked though...it's using the facebook.com domain.

Bold 9000 OS v2.

And it's still working fine for you?

I ask because you say that in past-tense - perhaps the x version of the site is down or having server issues right now.

Thanks for that info...I was having the same issue that others were with just the bar along the top...now it works very nicely!

It worked beautifully on my Bold. No response problems or anything, very fast, and nice and clean interface. I hated the FB app for BB because it was useless, so I was using the mobile site, which I had no complaints about but I like this x.facebook.com site much better! I didn’t have to log in or anything.

I am also on 4.6/297.

Yep i just accessed it through my BB Browser (was using bolt before) and it accessed my facebook info so i didn't need to login. It's about time they made this. really responsive and faster compared to their m.facebook.com counterpart. Now if only facebook would update the facebook app for all BB's.

I tried it on Safari and Firefox and it worked just fine actually. I don't know what 's up with IE8 i think its just a software issue with IE8, IE has always been buggy at times and i never use it unless i have to for business purposes only because majority of businesses have not adopted the ways of Firefox, Safari, or even Google Chrome. Just try it on your BB wouldn't hurt right?

Won't let me click the login prompt on my 8330... Oh well, I use the app more than the actual mobile site anyways...

Same issue I had on my 9000 - if you press enter after your password it should log you in. Good luck from there though.

I wonder if this is some browser setting issue.

i don't know about anyone else, but i just compared this site to the one for the iphone/ipod touch and they are identical. I think that x.facebook.com is the real redirect for iphone.facebook.com.

Makes sense, because I just tried it on my iPod Touch, and then tried the iphone version and they appear identical.

Each time I typed in x.facebook.com I get the message on the screen that it is an invalid address. What am I doing wrong? I am on a Tour OS (yes, I know, I need to upgrade to OS 5.0 but I am too new to do it myself...lol)

I get the top part of FB with home, profile, etc in Blue. The a blank white section and at the bottom is says logout, full mobile site, etc....

I'm running on my Tour and also live in an area that doesnt have great coverage (a lot of bouncing between 3G and 1X) how do I get the coverage indicator to always show?

*Yay new FB!

This version of Facebook is the default for the Palm Pre. Its optimized for that device and your mileage may vary using a Blackberry.
Its not a 'hacked' version at all.

The site does not work on my 8320 for tmobile. when I go into x.facebook.com it doesnt let me click into anything. seems like this website is ONLY for the iphone and the pre

Tried it on my Storm running, it logged me in fine (automatically using existing credentials), but then...no response to any screen clicks. Back to the app for now!

This site appears to use javascript and does not work on my 8830 running OS 4.5. Reading through this thread some 4.6 and 4.7 users are also having problems, although some of this may be because they have javascript turned off.

Note: I tested OS 4.5 with javascript turned on.

enable javascript for this site and it works.

Figured that's what it was once I visited it on safari, and yep.

I had the same issue on my storm, nothing clicking. Enabled javascript and BAM seems everything works.

edit: dangit codemaker, I was in the middle of typing my response when you posted that! haha.

I get logged in to the site, but nothing happens when I click the Home/Profile/Friends/Inbox links, nothing happens. Javascript is on, Bold 9000, Back to m.facebook.com since it works, kinda.

I guess its working on my Tour running but I have no idea why someone would use this. Its all ugly scroll bars surrounding posts and misaligned headers and such. This is clearly not designed for the BB but for the Pre and iPhone.

The problems you see are probably more a result of non standard behavior by the BB than the site being designed for the pre or iphone (which both use the same standards compliant rendering engine).

I typed in x.facebook.com into the address bar and it went right to it. It looks so much better and is easier to navigate through. I then went into browser configuration and changed the homepage to http://x.facebook.com and it works beautifully on my Tour! Awesome!

Ok - so it is enabling JAVASCRIPT that allows this page to work, as suggested by previous posters.

HOWEVER, for some reason you cannot just edit the bookmark and tell it to enable javascript for that particular bookmark. That didn't work. I had to go to options/general/enable javascript and then the page would load fine.

Good luck.

Works fine on my 9530 Storm! Nice, clean pages, fast and easy to navigate through. Had Opera 5.0 but got rid of it because I didn't like how it loaded FB in mobile view, I am now back to Opera 5.0!

which facebook do you like better? facebook app or x.facebook.com? seems you could use the xfacebook and get rid of the facebook app that way you clear up some memory on bb. what yall think?

This site is a no go for me on 8310/4.5 with javascript turned on. The banner loads but the rest of the page is blank.

I've enabled all the Javascript options that I can find, all I get is a header and some links to Home, Profile, etc that can't be clicked.

It appears to be working fine from the Bolt browser though.

I have bolt and ie8 on my 8900. Everytime i go to the site, i get an error message stating, unable to determine IP address for x.facebook.com. help please. I have turned on javascript and still no show! os

I enabled the javascript and I am still just getting the banner at top and the stuff at the bottom but just white space in the middle. Anyone have any other ideas? i am using the Bold

Apparently it was a problem with internet explorer, I downloaded opera mini 5 and it works perfectly.

I have the FB app for my tour and it SUCKS!! So as soon as i saw this i went and added it to my bookmarks and it works so much better then athe app and the old link I had in place So thank you to who ever found this.
Now all we need to do is find Twitter that works like this.

I tried this site using the update Bolt browser, and it works great! Its fast and I can actually update my status on this site, something I was have problems doing on facebook.com.

BTW I have the 8900

Based on what I have seen so far when it comes to it working with the Storm, you cant just click the screen to use the buttons on the website. I think this is a good start to a better facebook site but not perfect for the storm yet.

Worked fine for me on Opera Mini 4.2. I couldn't get it to work on the BlackBerry Browser though. The site is awesome. Definitely the next best thing to visiting it on an actual computer.

Trying it out on my 8130 using Opera Mini V Beta. It's not bad so far. I don't think I can delete things from within facebook though. Since my beloved Pearl is limited in the memory department, I would love to reclaim the space that FB's BB App takes up. Is there anyone out there that does not use the FB BB App on their Berry?

got it working on my 8900 .250 but i had to enable javascript and then clear my browser cache to get it to work.

turn on javascript to see wall posts.

the log-in button doesn't work. just press enter on your keypad when you type in your password to log-in.

Overall, a bit sluggish on 1XEV w/ 4 bars coverage.

no photo/video upload options.

When I'm in the facebook and have the option of going to the "mobile site" will it take me to m.facebook? Is there a way to change that? Never mind, it doesn't work on 8310 OS anyway.

No dice for me on 8330 w/ 4.5. I enable java and still doesn't work. I can log in but doesn't let me do anything after that. No luck with Opera Mini either.

I've tried as well and have the same problems with the http://iphone.facebook.com and http://x.facebook.com. I can get into the site [even after discovering that you have to press enter to login] but nothing else is clickable. I've enabled javascript and even tried changing the emulating mode to IE but it's not working. I've dumped the cache and cookies.

I'm honestly at this point turned off from using facebook at all on my blackberry. The app is less than stellar and it seems that any type of improvement in functionality is more the 5.0 os.

T-Mobile 8320

This is old news:

"Mobile Web Sites
Facebook has two mobile web sites: m.facebook.com, which works on any mobile browser, and x.facebook.com, which is designed specifically for touch screen phones like Android, Palm, iPhone and Nokia. These sites have been translated into more than 60 languages and allow you to update your status, browse your News Feed and your friends' Profiles, comment or "like" stories, and view or update your Facebook Page."

I tried this on firefox, it works great, and looks pretty cool too.
Unfortunately, it dosn't work on my Bold, there's a blue bar at the top with Home, Profile, Friends and Inbox written, and the loading bar which dosn't move. When i click somewhere nothing happens, and java is enabled in my BB browser.
Anyone having the same issues? If you have a solution please help me, this looks much better than the m.facebook.com mobile site :(

Same issues with me. I've tried tinkering with every setting I can think of and I always get the the result you mentioned on an 8310. Maybe it is a network thing? I'm on AT&T. I wonder if the people who have it working right have the same carrier(s)?

Just chiming in so that others will know that it actually works on 8320. I am running 4.5. On my first try, while using the bolt browser, I entered in x.facebook.com. The site came right up and I entered in my info and I was in. No problems no hiccups. I didn't do anything with settings or javascript. Nothin. I don't have any problems with the mobile site so for me, I guess I really don't need to access x.facebook.com unless I just want somethin different. I dont know. I'll play around with it more

Is this recommended for the BB browser that came with the phone or is this meant mostly for the 3rd party browsers like Opera Mini or Bolt?

I couldn't get this to work on the native blackberry browser (which is what I'd prefer, so I can use my Quicklaunch) but it runs gorgeously on my Opera Mini.

On the BB browser I'm having the same problem that many others mentioned. I get the header bar, and the footer bar with nothing in between but white space and nothing is clickable. (I'm on a Pearl 8130 OS

I have the blackberry tour from verizon where do I go to download x.facebook.com? I typed it in google and in the www. section and nothing..