Facebook Refreshes Messenger with New User Interface
Facebook today showed off a new version of its Messenger application, which the company says is easier to use. Messenger now displays the most recent messages at the top of the screen, with a section showing the user's favorites below. Facebook says the favorites section will include the friends with whom people converse the most. Facebook has changed up the Active Now section to provide a clearer view of who's online and available for chats, and added reminders for events such as birthdays. Messenger also recently added an emoji-based soccer game, and an expanded set of emoji. Messenger is free to download from the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.
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 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's Photo Magic Hits Messenger
Facebook says tests of Photo Magic have gone well and today it is adding the feature to Messenger for users in the U.S. Photo Magic scans users' camera roll using face-recognition software.