RIM announces Facebook PlayBook app while the iPad still doesn't have one

RIM announces Facebook PlayBook app while the iPad still doesn't have one

Summary: Apple iPad owners still have no Facebook application, but BlackBerry PlayBook owners will this month and it includes quite a few features. Video Chat is coming this week too.


The iPad has been out for over a year now and still has no official Facebook application. Thankfully, RIM today announced that PlayBook owners can expect the new Facebook app to launch sometime in the App World this month. Facebook is one of the apps I was looking for and it is great to see it coming so soon.

RIM reported that there are over 30 million Facebook users of their BlackBerry smartphone application and I think it will be one of the most popular apps on the PlayBook as well. As stated in the press release, the Facebook for PlayBook application includes the following:

  • View and add Friends - Users can interact with friends quickly and easily: find friends by scanning the new grid view of their profile pictures; search for and add new friends and manage new friend requests; browse their profiles, photos and videos; view and interact with wall posts; view key information on profiles and pages; and view, comment and ‘like’ photos on profiles and pages.
  • Enjoy seamless photo and video viewing - Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook makes it easy to upload photos from the BlackBerry PlayBook Picture Library, tag friends in photos, view comments, tags and likes. The BlackBerry PlayBook can also be connected to an HD TV to display photos and videos at a whole new level in full 1080p HD.
  • Connect with friends using Facebook Chat - On the BlackBerry PlayBook screen, users can enjoy side-by-side viewing of online contacts and active conversations. Notifications of new Chat messages are displayed on the Notifications Bar, so users can quickly and easily read and respond to new Chat messages while browsing friends’ profiles, viewing their pictures or reading their status updates.
  • View and interact with the News Feed - Users will be able to browse highlights such as photo uploads and status updates and seamlessly view links in the BlackBerry PlayBook browser. They will also be able to Comment and Like to discuss and show appreciation for friends’ content, as well as publish a status update or upload a photo from the status publisher accessible from their Profile or from within the News Feed.

The application will be shown at BlackBerry World 2011 this week in Orlando, Florida.

RIM also announced a Video Chat application that should appear in App World on the PlayBook tomorrow, 3 May. The Video Chat application looks pretty exciting and video quality should be great with the forward facing 3 megapixel camera. Features of Video Chat include:

  • One-Click Video and Voice over Wi-Fi Calls - with just one click users can make a call from their Video Chat contact list, log of recent calls or simply by entering the BBID email address of the person they want to call.
  • Incoming Call Notifications - users will receive a notification pop-up when a new video call comes in, allowing them to accept the call as either a video or voice call, or decline the call. For those quiet moments - such as when while watching a movie or playing a game -users will also have the ability to simply set the "Do Not Disturb" option and the BlackBerry PlayBook will automatically ignore all incoming calls.
  • Powerful In-Call Functions - by using the picture-in-picture function users can easily preview their own video image prior to placing the call in order to see what will be displayed on the other end. They can also easily switch cameras from front to rear so their friends can see what they are seeing, and for private moments users can mute/unmute audio or make or take calls using voice only.
  • Friends List - BlackBerry PlayBook Video Chat comes complete with a Friends List for maintaining your favorite contacts. A picture can easily be added to a contact to personalize the entry and a Call Log makes it simple to keep track of received and missed calls.

It looks like RIM is providing fast upgrades and exciting applications for the PlayBook quickly, which is great for us early adopters.

Topics: Mobile OS, Hardware, Mobility, BlackBerry, Social Enterprise

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  • Sorry

    I would still rather own an iPad than a Playbook... why? I don't know... but it sure is nice to use AirPlay on my Apple devices, stuff like that you just can't do with RIM.
    • RE: RIM announces Facebook PlayBook app while the iPad still doesn't have one

      @Hasam1991 that's not misleading, the article clearly states that iPad does not have an 'official' application for Facebook. Nothing wrong with that, as the iPad still has a whole load of 'official' apps that the Playbook still doesn't have either.
  • RE: RIM announces Facebook PlayBook app while the iPad still doesn't have one

    I think you are being a bit misleading...


    while it might not be changed to work on a bigger screen as pretty, there is an app that runs on iPad.
    • RE: RIM announces Facebook PlayBook app while the iPad still doesn't have one

      @doh123 Not to mention there are a few 3rd party apps (Friendly comes to mind) that exist, are free, and generally better than the "official" ap anyway.
  • RE: RIM announces Facebook PlayBook app while the iPad still doesn't have one

    Who cares about an iPad App for Facebook when the site looks and functions just fine right through Safari? The PlayBook only has a 7" screen so it would benefit from an app just like they have for the iPhone.<br><br>Besides hasn't the argument for the PlayBook been why use an app when you have the "whole Internet" at your disposal?
    • RE: RIM announces Facebook PlayBook app while the iPad still doesn't have one

      @jmiller1978 - Yes and you can continue to use the regular facebook webpage if you want. It's simply another tool that users can use if they want. The app allows you to use the Playbook notifications area / multitasking for conversations and such while doing something else / browsing another website, or working in Docs 2 Go.
  • I use Friendly

    There are quite a few popular Facebook apps for the iPad, just not any made by Facebook. Friendly is one of the best.
    • RE: RIM announces Facebook PlayBook app while the iPad still doesn't have one

      @rynning <br>Friended is even better IMO. It comes in free ad supported version or a paid app (no ads).
  • Facebook for PlayBook. That's cool I guess,

    but I have one question for the author.

    Wasn't the PlayBook supposed to target "the Enterprise"?
    Why FaceBook which is considered more for play and that many enterprises block through their firewalls.
    LinkedIn would've been considered more of an enterprise app.
    • RE: RIM announces Facebook PlayBook app while the iPad still doesn't have one

      @MG537 LinkedIn on Blackberry has had many user complaints about memory leaks, does not close the app when you hit Exit, etc. I'm in no rush to see LinkedIn on Playbook if it takes devs away from fixing the poor coding in the BB app
  • I hear some sore Ipad people

    .. lol

    It is funny now that BB PB is moving ahead f the iPad in functionality only a week after launch (whereas the iPad has been around for a year) the iPad cult seems to be perturbed - it's OK guys you can buy one -

    Its funny I had the chance to sell my 2nd iPad this weekend - I won one at a charity seems as though they are giving them away nowadays - I basically had to pay someone to take it off my hands (OK I got $400 for it but it was hard to get that - it is brand new and in the box yet ...)
    • RE: RIM announces Facebook PlayBook app while the iPad still doesn't have one

      Who are these sore people? You will either have to point them out or reply to them directly.

      The BB PB is moving ahead in functionality? How? Specify please.

      Which version of the iPad you won at a charity? Version 1 16GB Wifi? Then $400 is too steep IMO. But once again you need to specify.
    • Sore iPad people?

      @ckmic101@... Who's sore? People were pointing out the obvious lie in the headline.

      Oh BTW does the Playbook have email functionality yet? BB Messenger?
    • PlayBook


      Hi ?ckmic101@...,?

      Alex from RIM here. Glad to hear you like the look of the Facebook app for PlayBook ? we?re receiving a great response to today?s announcement!

      Since the BlackBerry Tablet OS is an open platform, it allows more than 350,000 current BlackBerry developers, as well as an expanding community of Adobe Flash/AIR, HTML5, CSS and JavaScript developers, to leverage the technologies they're most familiar with to bring users the apps they want the most, just like this one for Facebook.

      Stay tuned for the latest news coming from BlackBerry World over at our Inside BlackBerry Blog (http://bbry.lv/cWR2rg).

      Alex, RIM Social Media Team
  • Playbook has Facebook and iPad doesn't...

    and that's regarded by some as a bad thing?

    (considering the addictive time-waster Facebook has become)
    • RE: RIM announces Facebook PlayBook app while the iPad still doesn't have one

      @MacCanuck Actually I had Ipad a few days ago but I sold that because of this only, lol.....anyways I am happy with my new playbook!<a href="http://www.ipad.com">ipad</a>
  • RE: RIM announces Facebook PlayBook app while the iPad still doesn't have one

    we all know that the playbook and even android are way better systems then the ipad. But when the ipad first came out it was the only little toy around and Jobs did a very good job of brainwashing the average consumer. So the ipad became the new religion in the mobile computing and when it comes to religion it is very hard to convert but not impossible. Now that the consumer has more options and lots of them are technologically better than the ipad then it's only a matter of time before they convert their religion.
    • RE: RIM announces Facebook PlayBook app while the iPad still doesn't have one


      We all DON'T know the playbook and android tablets are better than the iPad. Keep your opinions that, opinions.

      To chalk the iPads success up to brainwashing is just lazy thinking on your part.

      To slur millions by stupidly saying that their choice of an iPad is a religion is ignorant.
      • RE: RIM announces Facebook PlayBook app while the iPad still doesn't have one

        All I'm saying is that people did not have any options when the ipad first came out. But now that consumers have more options they will gradually start shifting to other platforms. But that's going to take time and the reason for that is because the consumers have been bombarded by the ipad exclusively for over a year now that the ipad became the only tablet that they see when they start talking about mobile computing.
    • LOL!!!!

      @nehmeg ROTFLMFAO!!!! Dude that was funny! Just what I needed. Thanks for the laugh!

      Oh, wait you [i]weren't[/i] kidding? Wow... talk about brainwashed. Tell me the sales figures on any one of the iPad models vs ALL of the Samsung Galaxy Tab and/ or Mororola Xoom devices... wait, did one single model of the iPad outsell all of them? The Tab was far more expensive until sales sucked so bad they had to have a firesale - and even those sales figures were misreported. The Xoom - closer in price but still more expensive with a half baked OS and promiseware - we promise that Flash will run on the Xoom soon. Technologically better? On paper perhaps.

      But then you mention religion - and more than likely are going to attempt to paint me as a "brainwashed cult member"... LOL The iPad is not a toy - it is an excellent entertainment device as well as a functional business device. One can watch movies on it as well as create and edit Microsoft Office documents and PDFs.

      As for the Playbook - let's talk about it when it is fully functional and not dependent on a separate BB smartphone to be able to use email on it.