Facebook Turns the Page on Android and iOS Updates
Facebook today pushed out updates to both its Android and iOS mobile applications. Facebook for Android receives an overhaul similar to the one that iOS received several weeks ago. It includes a number of under-the-hood tweaks that speed the app up. Facebook Messenger for Android was also updated with a new layout that Facebook says will make it easier to discover friends who are online. Messenger also gained the ability to send instant messages via text message rather than over the data connection. The iOS version of Facebook was updated so that it is compatible with iOS 6 and the iPhone 5.
Facebook Adds Instant Articles to Messenger for Android
Facebook today brought Instant Articles to Messenger for the Android platform. Instant Articles load faster on mobile devices, up to 10x quicker than traditional mobile links.
Facebook Brings Instant Video to Messenger
Facebook today added the ability to stream video live within its Messenger application. The feature is different from a two-way video chat, which has been part of Messenger since 2015.
Instant Games on Facebook Messenger Begins Broad Roll Out
Facebook today said the Instant Games it announced last month are now available to Facebook Messenger users around the world. Instant Games on Facebook Messenger rely on AI-assisted bots that can play turn-by-turn games with single players, as well as help challenge others to games via Messenger.
Facebook Messenger Brings SMS Back to Android App
Facebook today said Facebook Messenger users will once again be able to send SMS messages — as long as they're running Android. Essentially, Android users can set Messenger as the default SMS app, which will route all SMS messages and conversations through Messenger rather than any other SMS apps that may be installed on the device.