Facebook will force you to use the Messenger app if you want to chat
If you use Facebook app for chating purposes via Facebook, you’re out of luck. Facebook is going to force you to install Facebook Messenger in order to do that rather soon, in the next few days actually. So, here’s the gist.
Facebook didn’t make an official statement, they sent it directly to TechCrunch:
In the next few days, we’re continuing to notify more people that if they want to send and receive Facebook messages, they’ll need to download the Messenger app. As we’ve said, our goal is to focus development efforts on making Messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences. Messenger is used by more than 200 million people every month, and we’ll keep working to make it an even more engaging way to connect with people.
So, there you have it. You’ll have to install Facebook’s Messenger app in order to chat on both Android and iOS. This shouldn’t exactly be a problem for those who use the service, considering vast majority of them already use Messenger, but there are some who will object to this for sure. This was actually expected a while ago, considering Facebook chat via the official Facebook app (for Android) has been kind of inconsistent lately, slow even… at least in my experience.
Do you use Facebook Messenger already, if not will you have a problem with this change?