Newer BlackBerries Get Better Facebook Beta

If you've got one of the newer BlackBerry models -- running version six of the operating system -- you can upgrade to the beta version of Facebook 2.0 officially released today.

If you’ve got one of the newer BlackBerry models — running version six of the operating system — you can upgrade to the beta version of Facebook 2.0 officially released today.

Parent company Research In Motion says that about 21 million people actively use Facebook on the BlackBerry every day, while monthly average users tops 30 million.

However, not all of them use the latest version of the operating system, but the newest version of Facebook will become available for devices with 4.6 or higher OS in future releases — typical of RIM’s strategy to encourage people to upgrade.

Since I have one of those lesser versions of the BlackBerry, I have to take RIM’s word for it that Facebook 2.0 includes:

  • “Always on” Facebook chat notifications
  • a Redesigned navigation grid
  • a new notification bar
  • improved news feed scrolling
  • enhanced profiles
  • added publisher functionality
  • an updated user interface

Further descriptions of the enhancements appear on the official BlackBerry blog. To download the new Facebook 2.0 onto your RIM device, click here.

Readers, have you had a chance to try Facebook 2.0 for the BlackBerry, and if so what do you think about the enhanced features?