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. The content for each day automatically disappears after 24 hours. Messenger Day plays on the in-app camera that Facebook added to Messenger last year. Like many modern messaging tools, Messenger Day includes effects, emoji, and art for dressing up shared photos and videos. It also supports text for adding comments directly to images and videos. Messenger Day lets users share their story with a single person, groups, or everyone. People can import conversation threads from Messenger if they wish, and Messenger will provide alerts when people share new content in their Day. Photos and video captured via Messenger Day will be saved to the device's local camera roll for safekeeping. Facebook has been testing this feature overseas for several months, but is now rolling it out globally to Android and iOS devices. Facebook Messenger is free to download from the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store.
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.
Facebook Overhauls Messenger-Based Camera
Facebook today announced a brand new camera experience within its Messenger application. The redesigned camera feature will let people take photos faster and easier, says Facebook, and it includes some fun tools for dressing up pictures.
Facebook to Turn Messenger Into a Platform for Apps
Facebook today announced Messenger Platform, an expansion of its messaging application that will let developers tap into key features. Facebook envisions Messenger Platform as new place for people to express themselves and share content.
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.
Dropbox Makes It Easy to Share Files Via Facebook Messenger
Dropbox has integrated its own service into Facebook's Messenger app, allowing people to share files from Dropbox to friends and family through Messenger. The integration requires senders to have both the Dropbox and Messenger apps installed on their phone.