Facebook Messenger for Android hits 1 billion downloads
posted by Florin T. / Jun 09, 2015, 1:45 PM
Last year, the main Facebook app became the first non-Google Android app to pass the 1 billion downloads mark. WhatsApp (also owned by Facebook since last year) is another application that joined this exclusive club. The rest of the apps that were downloaded over 1 billion times from Google Play belong to Google (including Google Search, Maps, Gmail, and YouTube).
Interestingly, the Messenger app is the only among these hugely popular applications that has a Google Play rating of under 4 stars (3.9 stars, to be exact). That's likely because many users are not exactly happy with Facebook's decision to launch Messenger as a separate app, since communicating with friends was perfectly fine via the main Facebook app. Of course, we must not forget that Messenger has extra features, including voice and video calling, or the ability to text non-Facebook friends.
Facebook is constantly trying to improve Messenger. Last week, the app was updated with an enhanced location sharing system. What do you think of Facebook Messenger? Is it essential, or is it just another app for you?
sources: David Marcus (head of Facebook Messenger), Google Play via Tech Crunch
At first I was angered and upset to have Messenger as a separate app, but now I couldn't be happier. I don't even open Facebook anymore...it's hidden deep in my app drawer like a child hiding an old Playboy he found from his father. Used and washed up. Messenger FTW.
posted on Jun 09, 2015, 1:55 PM 4
Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 03, 2014
totaly right. i put facebook in sleep mode with greenify and open it when im bored in bed. messenger is okay only thing that i had is that i kept saying birthdays of people every day.. witch i dont care. but i has stoped :)
posted on Jun 09, 2015, 2:36 PM 1
Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014
Meanwehile FB app is complete piece of crap. Both on Android and iOS. If they fix its performance then it will be great, but now after display it's most power hungry thing on smartphone and eats enourmous amount of RAM
posted on Jun 09, 2015, 2:40 PM 0
You can change & fix most of the Facebook issues like VOiP (a cause of massive battery drain), in-depth tracking, gain FB employee settings, and remove/change other unwanted crap through iFile, Cydia, and Flex2.
posted on Jun 09, 2015, 3:18 PM 0
Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014
Now please update windows phone version of the app with video calls so that I can completely ditch my iPhone!
posted on Jun 09, 2015, 2:43 PM 3
What iPhone version do you use? Just need to know why.
posted on Jun 09, 2015, 4:16 PM 0
Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012
What make me curious is, what the hell like almost every day I see an update for the Android Facebooks apps? While my iPhone Android apps only received the update once in a while, which same goes to my Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10 device which almost take few month to received one single update.
posted on Jun 09, 2015, 9:45 PM 1
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