FaceBook version 1.9 is now available in the BlackBerry Beta Zone. They focused on optimizing speed and improving performance with version 1.8, in version 1.9 the focus was to add more Facebook features that BlackBerry smartphone fans have been asking for.

Some on the new features added in 1.9 are:

  • Dedicated Inbox – View your Facebook messages in one separate inbox or within your BlackBerry messages inbox. The app pre-fetches 30 of your existing messages, and will then continue to sync messages on your BlackBerry smartphone with your Facebook inbox.
  • Facebook Search – Search for individuals and pages, making it easy to find mutual friends, add friends and “like” pages. For BlackBerry 6 users, Universal Search will pull Facebook results too!
  • Enhanced Friends List and Page List – View Friends profile photos and pages in list form
  • Redesigned Navigation Bar – View your own profile and click on the Search and Message icons with the new navigation bar

It seems like the response to the new version has caused Beta Zone to crawl, it took me several attempts to download the application and I finally have it installed. Now its a waiting game to get my key code so I can run the program.