Facebook for Android hits v1.5 – now with Chat and push Notifications

There’s a new version of the official Android Facebook app on the Android Market tonight, which brings two long awaited features to version 1.5 of the app – Chat support and the addition of push notifications of status messages.

Facebook for Android 1.5 is up on the Market now. Here it is running on the Eurodroid telephone some moments ago.

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There I am, using Facebook Chat while also hoping no one initiates a chat with me. My apologies to those real people for putting their names on the internet. Notification of this update pushed to us via reader Stephen.

Facebook has just clarified the push notifications issue for those asking:

“Push notifications are only supported for devices on Android 2.2+. If you are not seeing push notifications, your device may not be supported”

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  1. Simon

     /  December 14, 2010

    well that should stop people moaning about no chat.

  2. Sponge Finge

     /  December 14, 2010

    Why’s there NO CHAT STILL???!??!

  3. deadite66

     /  December 15, 2010

    does it have push status notifications?, i only see time based refresh with no push option for them, i think they are only using c2dm for chat.

    • Gary C

       /  December 15, 2010

      Facebook’s just clarified that push stuff only works on Android 2.2 phones and above. Have updated the post.

      • deadite66

         /  December 15, 2010

        i have 2.2 Desire HD and 2.2 on my Advent Vega but no option for push notifications.

        • Simon

           /  December 15, 2010

          No options are shown for push notifications as they just work but I’m running 2.2 on my Orange San Francisco and they work fine.

  4. ISCA

     /  December 22, 2010

    i just switched to HTC coz i thought everybody was using the same phone as i do (well, yeah, Iphone), maybe, i can show them there are better phones out there…turns out, by using yahoo messenger and facebook, iphone gives you the better deal……man, if you like to beat iphone, in th first place, you shld try to do what an iphone does or better…….

  5. ISCA

     /  December 22, 2010

    right now, im still downloading the Facebook for Android app & it says “starting to download” even after 10minutes……wtf

  6. Phil4

     /  January 24, 2011

    Check ReChat (facebook chat for android): http://refineandroid.doodlekit.com/
    – multiple accounts;
    – plain/bubble views. Customize avatar/font sizes.
    – font packs (download separate apk to keep memory).
    – customize income message notification: default sound/your sound file, LED, vibration, status bar notification.
    – chat history. Export (email) selected messages, open chat messages, whole history for a contact, whole history for all contacts. Archive attachment with 7zip.

    Facebook features:
    – all non-chat permissions are revoked, customize period.
    – upload image (several share options)
    – send image to a contact (private wall post).
    – send message to a contact (as a private event or private wall post).
    – set status message.

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