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.
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.
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.
Almost a couple of weeks ago, the Livetext messaging app was spotted in Apple’s Hong Kong App Store. At the time of the sighting, Yahoo had refrained from confirming or denying the existence of the app, stating only that it was always in the process of exploring new product experiences for its users.
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.
But all of that changes now as Facebook recently revealed that the payment functionality of its Messenger service has been expanded to all users living within the US. This means that any Facebook user based in any state in America can now send and receive money via Messenger.
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.
Before, Facebook only allowed content generating apps, such as those that help users make GIFs and sound effects, onto the Messenger Platform. Among these apps, Talking Tom was the nearest thing to a game. But upon closer inspection, it was actually just a tool that allows users to select a cartoon avatar to deliver their video messages for them.
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.
According to Stan Chudnovsky, Head of Product for Facebook Messenger, the social media platform has grand plans for future GPS features, which could also serve as a launching pad for other innovative functionalities that will be incorporated in Facebook in the near future.
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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