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Palm’s Pre and Pixi have a new Facebook client, proving Murphy’s Mobile Law — I sold my Pre last month due to a lack of good software and now the software is better. The new version looks to be on par with the Android client.

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While there’s no need to thank me personally, I’d like to think that I had something to do with the latest webOS  enhancements. How’s that, you ask? Call it Murphy’s Mobile Law — as soon you sell a device due to features you don’t like, you can count on those features getting fixed. Right after I sold my Palm Pre last month, we saw a webOS firmware upgrade and now there’s a new Facebook client. Joking aside, the real folks that deserve the credit are Ben Galbraith and Dion Almaer in the Palm Developer Relations team as they did the Facebook coding for webOS.

The webOS Facebook app was always a sore spot with me. For starters, Facebook was on stage as an official launch partner when Palm debuted the Pre in January of 2009. By the time the device rolled out, all webOS users saw was Facebook contact integration — or contact overload, depending on your point of view — through Synergy and a mobile-friendly web version of Facebook. That “client” was very limited in terms of functionality. Some third-party apps showed promise, but I always expected that the best experience would come from developers at Facebook. Regardless, it doesn’t matter where the latest client app was developed — it’s out there in the App Catalog and based on Dieter Bohn’s video demo at PreCentral, I’d grab it I could.

Similar to the Apple iPhone version of Facebook — by far, my fave mobile client for the service — the update for webOS includes a thumbnail view menu for News, Photos, Search, Inbox, Events and your Profile. Missing for now are some enhanced features like notifications, favorite friends shortcuts and video playback. But all in all, the update represents a huge step forward for the client. Based on what I see, it’s probably on par with the Android version I’m using daily with my Nexus One. Like I said — Murphy’s Mobile Law!

Since I’m no longer a webOS user and some of you are — tell me what I’m missing in the new Facebook client. Was it worth the wait?

  1. Yeah, it’s definitely much better. I’m not a huge Facebook user, so while there’s stuff missing, it doesn’t really bother me very much. I’m just happy to see the inbox there.

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  2. it was a pretty big step forward for a “.1″ release. Enjoyable to use.

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  3. My major beef with the mobile Facebook app was not being able to caption my photo uploads. would have to upload from the Photos app, then got into the browser and load up Facebook there to edit the caption. Most of the time people had already commented on my photo before I even had the caption applied. Now you can upload and caption all at the same time within the Facebook apps. They could use a bit more user feedback to let you know when the upload is in progress though. Too easy to double/triple post photos.

    At this point, I think you could say that, in terms of functionality, the Facebook app on webOS is on par with the Facebook app that we had on PalmOS. Of course, anything in webOS is a far better user experience than PalmOS.

    What I’d like to see now is more attention given to making the app capable of doing just about anything you’d do on Facebook via your browser: Editing/deleting posts, the ability to “Hide” all those clutter Faceboook apps in your feed, viewing fan/group walls, etc.

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  4. No mobile app has a facebook feature that will let me hide the freaking FB apps like Farmville. (I own an iphone, blackberry and Palm Pre Plus). They clutter up my wall and on a cell phone, it can overwhelm in several pages easily.

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    1. FYI you can hide all the info from farmville on your blackberry… Click on news feed then scroll down to status updates. It just showes you the posts, not any posts from any games.

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