Facebook Messenger is a unique messaging app integrated with the Facebook social network. Initially, it was made for the convenience of Facebook users, not only a mobile version was introduced but also a web version and a PC one. This Facebook Messenger review will outline technical possibilities of the app.
Major data about the app:
- Messenger was released on 9 August, 2011.
- Initially, only the app launched only on iOS and Android smartphones. Later, after a few months, a BlackBerry OS version was introduced.
- Messenger is built on the basis of the MQTT open protocol.
- In December 2012, the app was made available for those who have no Facebook accounts, using just the name and the mobile phone number for signing up. This move allowed Facebook Messenger to compete with such apps as WhatsApp.
- In 2014, a new version of the app for Windows Phone 8 came out.
- On 3 July 2014, an iOS version of the app was released; it was better adapted for iPad and added a multi-window interface. A PC version run by Windows came out on 5 March 2012.
- Facebook decided to divide the social network and the Messenger and make them separate services. In February 2014, the option of messaging through the social network was disabled. From that moment on, users had to download the Messenger.
- The app allows exchanging text messages, audio, video files and other media.
- The total user base is approximately 700 mn people.
- The app supports a camera.
- Facebook Messenger lets you edit photos, draw pictures in it, use filters and add a caption.
- The Messenger supports A/V calls and statuses, both online and profile ones.
- Facebook Messenger supports multi-user chats.
- The Messenger synchronizes with the social network and the cloud-server. Chat history is always saved.
- You can delete messages only on your own device. If a message was sent and the user deletes it – it will still reach the recipient and will be read. You cannot retract or edit messages.
- Facebook Messenger supports push-notifications; you can enable or disable them in the app’s settings.
- The app is free for downloading; however, if a user sends SMS through it, a fee will be charged.
- Contact search is performed by the app both through the phone number, and through using e-mail addresses.
- The app supports stickers and emojis.
- You can send gif. animation through the app.
- It does not show ads.
- Statistics shows that more users prefer to use the app than the web-version of the social network. According to the data, 80% of users login to Facebook from their smartphones.
Events to do with Facebook Messenger:
In April 2014, Facebook announced that they are ceasing to support the Messenger for Windows and Firefox.
After Facebook and Facebook Messenger got separated, Facebook was heavily criticized. A lot of users gave up the social network and made accounts in other ones.
On 26 March 2015, Mark Zuckerberg let other platforms integrate themselves into Messenger. Forecasts say that such a decision may well bring Facebook huge profits and will make it easier for users to spend time in the social network and Messenger. The will no longer have to buy an extra smartphone or dual-sim smartphones. All they will need is install one more app for the Messenger.
In 2015, the company plans to launch the feature of sending money within Messenger. To do that, a user will have to attach a bankcard to his/her account.
On June 19, a global crash took place: Facebook and Facebook Messenger did not work in 5 countries.
In 2014, Facebook bought the famous messaging app WhatsApp.