Facebook is the world’s biggest social network. It boasts over 1 billion users. It goes without saying that Facebook is immensely popular with majority of internet users in this world. The network owes much of its popularity to its mobile applications. That is why it frequently releases new updates of its mobile applications.
Facebook v5.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has been finally released. This major updates comes with a lot of new features, most notably the new messages UI, multiple photo sharing feature among other things. These new features make the Facebook for iOS app even more powerful than it has always been.
Several changes have been made in the way Facebook for iOS handles favorite friends. The app allows users to add friends to their favorites list based entirely on the frequency of messaging, chatting and interaction between them. It is only logical to have people you interact with most on Facebook to be included in your favorites list. Moreover, the new Facebook v5.1 update for iOS comes with multiple photo sharing feature. It allows you to upload multiple pictures to your profile with relative ease and through an easy to use interface.
Recently the standalone Facebook Messenger application was updated with new swipe gestures through which users could get access to online chat lists quite easily. The main Facebook app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch now supports these new swipe gestures as well. Users can swipe left anywhere on the screen to reveal online chat lists through which they can chat with whosoever they want to. This particular feature has been very well received as it makes interacting with friends through the iOS app quite simple and fun.
Other improvements to this app include ability to view which chat contacts are active so you know how quickly to expect a reply. Chat contacts that are engaged in an active chat are now highlighted as well. Users can also send real gifts to their friends through this app by using Facebook’s new Gifts functionality, however that is only limited to the United States as of now.
Facebook v5.1 for iOS is available as a free download from iTunes App Store. It is compatible with any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device capable of running iOS 4.3 or higher firmware. Reviews on iTunes indicate that some users have been facing problems with signing in and some are unable to view their news feeds. Hopefully Facebook will fix these bugs soon.