x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA
  • Hidden picShow menu
  • Home
  • News
  • Facebook Messenger has more than 800 million active monthly users; more innovation planned for 2016

Facebook Messenger has more than 800 million active monthly users; more innovation planned for 2016

Posted: , by Alan F.

Tags:

Facebook Messenger has over 800 million monthly active users

Facebook Messenger has over 800 million monthly active users


Facebook announced today that Facebook Messenger has more than 800 million active monthly users. The company added a lot of new features to the service last year, making it faster and allowing subscribers to send stickers, GIFs, live video, photos and even money to friends, family and co-workers. No longer is a Facebook account required to use the Messenger service.

Messenger users can now customize conversations by using colors, nicknames and emoji. The location of a Messenger subscriber can be more easily shared, and businesses using the service can profit by engaging in more personal relationships with customers using the platform.

David Marcus, VP of Messaging Products, revealed that Facebook has started testing "M," a digital personal assistant which is powered by "human-trained AI." Marcus might have given us a glimpse into the future of the app. "At Messenger we’re thinking about how we can help you interact with businesses or services to buy items (and then buy more again), order rides, purchase airline tickets, and talk to customer service in truly frictionless and delightful ways," says the executive.

"2015 was a year when we made significant improvements to how we enable people to communicate. Among other things, we made Messenger blazing fast, we introduced video calling, the ability to customize conversations with colors, nicknames and emojis, and with Businesses on Messenger, we introduced a new way for businesses to engage their customers by providing them with a delightful, personal experience. We rolled out the ability to send and receive money to friends right from conversations, launched Messenger Platform for expression apps, and updated the way you can choose to share your location."-David Marcus, VP of Messaging Products, Facebook

Facebook posted an illustration (call it a mini infographic if you'd like) that lists all of the changes made last year, and some of the trends it looks to explore in 2016. 800 million monthly users benefit from the changes made last year, and we expect millions more to enjoy the innovations that will be made in 2016.

source: Facebook via WindowsCentral

10 Comments
  • Options
    Close




posted on 07 Jan 2016, 14:02

1. javy108 (Posts: 1004; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)


I hated it at first, but because Facebook is forcing us to install, I was between stop using Facebook or downloading this... So I had to download it.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 14:33

2. tonyv (Posts: 54; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


facebook is super shady. after that article was published about them having a backup plan should Google remove them from the Play Store, on top of them releasing botched apps on the Play Store to see if people would ditch them or figure out a workaround to enable them to still use their services, they are certainly not trusted by myself. super super shady stuff.

if people think their personal conversations through messenger are safe from prying eyes, they need to wake up. i wouldn't send any sensitive information through that app. ever.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 14:53 3

4. joevsyou (Posts: 683; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


no message is safe in this digital world and anyone think's so is a fool

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 14:52

3. joevsyou (Posts: 683; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


i love the app, one of the best message app's i have ever used,

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 15:39

5. legiloca (Posts: 1199; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


Wow.. like it isn't because of the fact that people can't view their messages on their phones unless they download Messenger? Let's be real here guys, Messenger can never get to the level that Whatsapp or any other messaging apps that don't force people to download them have ever achieved.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 17:44

6. Dee79 (Posts: 280; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


And I'm not one of them!

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 21:39

7. Sidewinder (Posts: 409; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


They wouldn't be bragging about these numbers if they didn't shove this bloat down everyone's throat.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 00:00

8. RajRicardo (Posts: 383; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


Stupid thing keeps draining my battery.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 00:42

9. aashis.sapkota (Posts: 28; Member since: 27 Sep 2015)


It is true that they made us download messenger by force. But in my experience, it works better than Viber and Whatsapp. It is like, somebody forcefully inserted a spoon of chocolate into your mouth; you liked it but you hate the way you received it.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 05:26

10. durrav (Posts: 24; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Too bad it has to be Greenified on Android to not drain the battery, which stops the notifications to go through.

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories