Facebook Adds Voice Messaging to Android/iOS Apps
Facebook today announced new versions of its Android and iOS messenger applications will soon offer a significant new feature: the ability to leave voice messages. In addition to taking photos or sending instant messages, the Facebook Messenger app can be used to record and send short voice messages to other Facebook users. The messages are sent via the mobile device user's data plan. Facebook is also beta testing VoIP-based, phone-to-phone calling within Facebook Messenger, though the beta is limited to customers in Canada. Facebook hasn't said if it will enable VoIP via Facebook Messenger in the U.S. The updated apps will be available for download from the Google Play Store and iTunes beginning later today. Both are free.
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.
Facebook Messenger Expands to Apple Watch
Apple Watch owners can now read their incoming Facebook Messenger messages on their wearable. A recent update to the iOS app adds compatibility with Apple's smartwatch.
Facebook's Messenger Lite App Reaches the U.S.
Facebook recently made its data-saving, lightweight Messenger Lite application available to Android users in the U.S. The app has primarily been available in emerging markets where metered data connections are the norm.
Facebook Messenger No Longer Requires Facebook Account
Facebook said beginning today people do not have to have a Facebook account to use Facebook Messenger. When first loading the app, users will have the option of signing in with a phone number rather than their Facebook account.
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