Facebook Update 3.1 & 3.1.1 Adds Push Notifications, Contact Syncing & Lots of Bugs

FacebookA recent update (3.1) to the Facebook app was not so great for many. Personally mine would freeze after about 10 seconds of using the app. I removed the app and reinstalled and that seems to have fixed it. The new features in this update are push notifications and contact syncing. I seemed to get push notifications fine but contact syncing failed on the first try as did for some other friends. They too had issues with the app. One person couldn’t even get the app to open but again, reinstalling the app fixed the problem. Here are some other problems people were having that I found in the App Store reviews:

aclevelandjr: Awesome app but it erased my entire Google contacts list and I can’t get them to sync back… Beware!!!!!

DMB Fan 36: I’m happy to see a walk into new frontiers, but this address book sync thing seems to miss the mark in two basic places:

1) Facebook Links are sent over the contacts labeled as the default “Homepage” not a URL field called something more user friendly like “Facebook”. (the API let’s you do this easily)

2) Contact pictures are sent in a very small resolution! A picture with a quality of at least the iPhone screen res should be used instead. Most facebook contact photos have a nice higher res picture behind them. When a phone call comes in or goes out you get a silly little postage stamp instead of a nice full screen image like pictures chosen on the phone itself.

Tigger H.: Great concept, poor execution. The new “sync” feature decided to sync random facebook users I am not even friends with to difference phone contacts of mine.. Some profile pictures are on more then one contact.. Many contacts facebooks are not even remotely close to being theirs… I just wish i did not touch that sync button….

D4VIDS: I just updated my facebook and hit the sync friends button…big mistake!!! Now my fb won’t even load and it keeps crashing. Not a very good update

A new update (3.1.1) claims to have fixed bugs when syncing with contacts but there are still features missing like video playback and I still have to swipe and delete messages in my inbox twice to get rid of them. Another thing to note about the push notification, it just tells you there is a new message, but it doesn’t push the actual message.


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  1. these “push” notifications are horrible. theres no sound or even vibrate option.

  2. Well, I like the new ‘sync’ option, despite what others say. I wish that we could get larger resolutions photos that people are saying as well. As far as crashes, I haven’t had any so far to speak of. Currently now I have photos and syncs for almost all of my contacts.

    As far as the Push Notifications go; horrible execution and annoying as hell.

  3. No-one’s very happy are they!

  4. Are the bugs fixed or are there more that need to be fixed?

  5. The push notifications don’t always work even after an unistall/reinstall ;(

  6. some photos wont upload , says error everytime

  7. im using 3.1.1
    the sync is terrible…only got about 25% my contacts correct …a lot dont even sync with the correct pictures

    think again facebook !!!!!