Facebook Messenger 4.0 comes to Android with groups and voice calling
Last week, Facebook Messenger version 4.0 hit iOS, but the only thing it really brought to the platform was the ability to create groups from your contacts. Today, Facebook Messenger for Android has gotten an update to the same version number, but this is a much bigger update for Android than it was for iOS, bringing groups and much more.
Version 4.0 for Android does include the option to create groups for your contacts, and it also offers a new option to forward a message to another contact. Taking advantage of Android-specific features, there is also a new option which allows you to place a shortcut on your homescreen that will take you directly to a specific conversation, which is pretty cool.
However, the big addition for Android users is voice calling to phones. This is a feature that started on iOS, testing first in Canada and expanding to U.S. users back in January. Now, Android users can also get into the fun. It allows for free calls to phones over Wi-Fi, and calls are also available over mobile data, but of course data charges could apply there and those are only available between Facebook users.
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