RIM updates Facebook 1.5 to fix important bugs

Released a few days ago, RIM’s much-anticipated Facebook 1.5 upgrade has been updated again to version 1.5.032 by RIM to address bugs. The new Facebook app syncs your Facebook contacts with your BlackBerry address book, and can also sync your Facebook events with your BlackBerry calendar. You can now easily contact your Facebook friends via the app with SMS, and by calling them.

However, there were some issues with the software, for example the contact sync feature would send phone number requests to those already synced with numbers. The calendar sync feature seemed to remove entries on your BlackBerry calendar. The issues have now been fixed in a new update, so if got excited like I did and rushed out to upgrade when it first became available, you might want to upgrade again. You can get the new version by visiting http://mobile.blackberry.com on your BlackBerry web browser.

This version does not include support for Facebook Chat. There is widespread speculation RIM will release support for Facebook Chat in an upcoming release via another update to the Facebook app, or even via a standalone application such as the Gtalk and Windows Live Messenger apps already available. Now, if you really want Facebook Chat support on your BlackBerry, you can get it for free from Palringo IM for BlackBerry which also supports other IM platforms. However, one big drawback from the Palringo app is it constantly sends and receives data, so it will adversely affect battery life, as it doesn’t use the RIM push APIs.

Check out the cnet video below that does an excellent walkthrough of the new Facebook 1.5.


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