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.
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.
Yahoo has officially done it -- announcing its Livetext messaging app to the world. Livetext is a brand messaging app that allows mobile users to chat with their friends via text conversations and videos, but without audio.
For a while now, there have been rumors that Yahoo was developing an overhauled version of its once popular messenger app. But recent events indicate that those rumors turn out to be true because the company debuted (and without much fanfare) the new and revamped edition of its Yahoo Messenger mobile app. Now taking the moniker Yahoo Livetext - Video Messenger, the new app has been released on the Hong Kong iTunes App Store.
The payment feature of Facebook’s Messenger platform has already been active for some time now. As a matter of fact, the feature has already been utilized by Facebook users since March of this year. However, the payment feature was only made available in select areas within the United States, such as New York City.
Facebook's Messenger app continues to morph right before our eyes into something that is no longer just your standard online messaging tool. Now, it has Doodle Draw, the first ever true game that is directly integrated into Messenger's fabric.
Those who find the Facebook Messenger's continuously activated location sharing function somewhat confusing to use and a bit annoying will be delighted to hear the news that the social media giant is officially removing the feature. Instead, Facebook is placing a feature that allows users to share their location one time only. With this new feature, the company is laying the groundwork for new and better location features.
For almost a decade now, Facebook has always been active in exploring ways in which developers can interact with the social media network giant. Now, it continues to provide more options for developers by allowing them to interact more freely with Facebook's apps as well.
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