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.
TechCrunch has gotten a tip that Facebook’s Messenger is now displaying Reactions options for some users. For example, when hovering over messages sent by friends via a chat conversation, one can tap the emoji button to select reactions like a thumbs up Like, a LOL or sad smiley, an angry emoji, and even a thumbs down Dislike. Every user who is part of that thread will then be able to see the reaction.
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.
Facebook officially introduced a new feature called Instant Games recently this week. This latest feature from the biggest social media platform in the world basically allows users to play games on their own news feeds as well on the Messenger mobile app, and they do not need to install any new app in order to get started.
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.
Yup, mobile users can now view and transmit traditional text messages directly from Facebook’s Messenger mobile app for the Android platform. Basically, this means that text/chat enthusiasts of today will no longer have to switch back and forth from conversations on Facebook Messenger and threads on regular SMS. Now they can do both within the environment of Messenger, but only in Android for now.
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.
For a while now, people speculated that Facebook could be doing something to improve its Messenger app. Today, the speculation was finally put to a rest since the team behind Facebook confirmed news that they were adding chatbot support to Messenger. Along with its announcement, they have given the name "Bots for Messenger" for the service.
On stage, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg demonstrated how the new update could revolutionize the way people use Messenger. With just a few messages to the chatbot, Zuckerberg was able to order flowers from 1-800-Flowers. Shortly after the request was sent, a CNN bot offered breaking news of the demo.
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