Facebook Messenger Bulked Up with More Media Powers
Facebook today rolled out an update to its iOS Facebook Messenger application with significant improvements. The app is now able to send videos directly from the camera roll, and will instantly playback videos received in conversation threads. The app makes it easier to send photos directly from a conversation, and also adds shortcuts to stickers, improved search, and other performance improvements. Facebook indicated the same changes will be available to its Android app soon. Facebook recently indicated it will soon remove messaging functionality from the Facebook Mobile app in favor of the stand-alone Facebook Messenger application. Today's update sets the stage for that switch to take place.
Facebook Messenger Takes a Shot at Snapchat with 'Days'
Facebook is updating its Messenger application with disappearing stories that behave similar to those of Snapchat and Instagram. The feature, called Messenger Day, lets people create short stories made up of photos and videos and then share them with their Facebook friends.
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 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'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.