Standalone Facebook Messenger App Released Today

Facebook has just updated their blog to let us know of a new app they’re releasing at some point today. Facebook Messenger will be the new place to send and receive messages from your Facebook account, yes that includes chat! Hopefully no more buggy chat notifications and the new messaging system not playing nice with your messages in the Facebook app.

What’s more, it’s being released on both Android and iOS at the same time! I bet none of you could of predicted that, with iOS usually getting favouritism over Android with app updates and new features.

The features of the new app include:

  • Messages are delivered through notifications and texts so your friends are more likely to receive them
  • You can use Messenger to reach all of your friends whether on Facebook or in your phones contacts
  • The Messenger app is an extension of Facebook messages, so all your conversations are in one place, including your texts, chats, emails and messages
  • Group messaging: You can easily start group conversations, including your location to be shown on a map and attach photos

What are you guys thinking? Big step forward? Or should they be focusing on improving the original app first? Let us know what you think of the announcement and then when you’ve tried the app let us know what you think of it!

Source: Facebook

  • since chat doesn’t work in the facebook app  it will be welcome  they could have just integrated it into the app tho 

    • Eh? Chat works perfectly in the facebook app on my phone.

  • Is it using push in android? I don’t want it polling and sucking up my battery.

    • Chat & messages are just about the only things where push actually works on the Android app at the moment, so I should think they will still be using it on the new one. I also suspect it’s based on Beluga (since it supports non-Facebook users too), and that fully used push notifications.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s the problem, Facebook. Now, I have a Messenger icon sitting in my app drawer, as well as a FB icon. When I want to message someone, you confuse me. I can go to Messenger. Or I can still use the main app. But if I’m in Messenger, clicking on a friend’s name will open his profile in the main app – to get back into Messenger, I have to close FB and open Messenger again, or I can click on “Messages” from the menu… but you take me to the old interface. In short, Messenger could be a compelling service, but how they chose to implement it is counter-intuitive. I should not have to hesitate which of your apps to open to message someone. Integrate instead!

  • Its surely going to have amazing features as it’s being released on both Android and iOS at the same time!

  • The purchase of Beluga begins to bear fruit. 🙂