When Facebook first started deploying its Messenger Lite late last year, the social media giant had intended to roll it out to developing nations, especially those with below average Internet speeds. But after about a year since it debuted the mobile app in over a hundred countries, the company is now looking to launch the Android version of Messenger Lite to the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.
The chat messaging platform of the world’s biggest social media network is truly on a roll. Facebook has recently revealed that its Messenger mobile app now regularly attracts 1.2 billion active users on a monthly basis. Some may remember that back in July of last year, the app had breached the 1 billionth monthly active user mark.
At the early part of last year, things were going well for Snapchat. But ever since its rival Instagram launched Stories, Snapchat seems to have suffered a significant decline in growth, at least according to statistics contained in its IPO filing. This appears to be consistent with what various industry watchers have observed -- that Snapchat usage has been impacted dramatically by the roll out of Instagram Stories.
In an effort to make navigation much easier for its users, Snapchat has just launched a universal search bar in its interface. This new universal search bar is easily (and always) accessible at the top section of the mobile app, and people can easily make use of it when searching for friends, groups, Discover publishers, and Our Stories. This latest feature from the messaging giant is now currently being deployed to select Android mobile devices, and it should start arriving at iOS mobile devices as well any day now.
Facebook’s Messenger is launching a new group video chat feature that will basically allow up to six people to appear in split screen conversing in real time to one another. On top of that, this new capability will also let users incorporate selfie masks (a la Snapchat). Moreover, a maximum of 50 people will be able to listen and talk over voice, and also make use of text messages, stickers, emoji, and animated GIFs.
Back in February early this year during the annual Mobile World Congress, Google had mentioned that it would be integrating Rich Communications Service (RCS) to mobile devices powered by its Android mobile operating system. Well, the tech giant is making good on that promise now, deploying RCS messaging to Android users with the help of major US wireless carrier Sprint.
Facebook has just updated its Messenger app for both Android and iOS devices. As earlier reported by TechCrunch, you can now send polls to your friends through the chat feature. Of course, the poll feature only works in group chats since it would be pretty ridiculous to poll just one person. The best part about the feature is that it works just how you would expect it to -- you type in a question and fill up some possible responses and you are all set.
During this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference held in the city of San Francisco in California, David Marcus, the head of Facebook’s Messenger, revealed that the social media giant’s messaging platform now has support for native payments without having to direct mobile users to an external website.
Yup, another major milestone in the track record of the world’s biggest social media network. Facebook has just revealed that its Messenger mobile app has successfully breached the 1 billionth mark in terms of monthly user volume. Quite an achievement, and it only took a couple of years for Facebook’s chat messaging platform to reach that mark right after it became a stand alone app independent of the Facebook app. Facebook itself reached 1 billion users back in 2012, and quite inevitably, Messenger has followed suit.
Facebook has announced that it is now rolling out a new feature on its Messenger (both for Android and iOS) called group calling, which basically allows users to start a group voice over IP (VoIP) call from any group chat. To use this new feature, people just need to tap the Phone icon, and choose which of the members of the group chat they want to include. All the selected participants will then get a Messenger call simultaneously. Naturally, it is possible that not all of the intended recipients will be able to take the call.
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