We were tipped that selected people have been invited to beta test Facebook app v1.8 from the BlackBerry Beta Zone. Version 1.8.0 is in fact a maintenance release, and focuses mainly on enhancing the performance of the already existing application, including speed improvements for loading photos, friends list and the News Feed.

Below is a list of the new features and enhancements that have been
implemented in Facebook® v1.8.0:

  • Notifications: You can now receive Facebook® notifications without
    associating an email address with your BlackBerry® device.
  • Notification Email Messages: You can now stop receiving Facebook®
    email notifications that are sent to the email address that you
    specified in your Facebook® account.
  • Friend List Performance Enhancements: The friend list should now
    load faster.
  • Photo Performance Enhancements: Photos and photo albums should now
    load faster, and photo thumbnails are now larger.

The following is a list of all the issues that have been fixed since the
in-market version of Facebook® for BlackBerry® smartphones:

  • You can now use shortcut keys when using the Korean version of
    Facebook® for BlackBerry® smartphones.
  • Previously, if you were using your device in German, Indonesian,
    or Dutch, some commands might not have been translated correctly.
  • You can now log into the Facebook® application when you attempt to
    compose a Facebook® message from the Messages application.
Here is a video to show its upgraded speed: