Facebook Messenger for Android Drops Account Requirement
Facebook today announced an update to its stand-alone Android instant messaging application. The key change in the software is that it will allow people to create Facebook Messenger accounts without requiring them to have a full Facebook account. The new app will allow people to sign in with only their name and phone number. It integrates with the native Android contact app. This revised app is meant to help Facebook compete against other mobile IM clients. The new version of Facebook Messenger is being made available in Australia, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and Venezuela first, with other countries to follow shortly.
Facebook Debuts Messenger 'Lite' for Slow Networks
Oct 3, 2016
Facebook today announced Messenger Lite, a pared-down version of its instant messaging app for emerging markets. The app is meant for entry-level and mid-range Android handsets that operate on slower cellular networks.
Developers Can (Finally) Create Instant Apps
May 17, 2017
Google today made its instant apps tool available to all developers. Google first announced instant apps at its I/O developer conference in 2016.
Facebook's 'Community Help' Tool Lets People Find or Offer Food and Shelter After Crisis
Feb 8, 2017
Facebook today updated its Safety Check functionality with a new way to help people in need of assistance. The Community Help tool is meant to allow users to find and give assistance during times of crisis.
Facebook Adds Instant Articles to Messenger for Android
Jul 14, 2016
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.