Facebook Messenger for Android hits 1 billion downloads

Facebook's Messenger app for Android this week surpassed 1 billion downloads, thus joining a handful of other apps that reached this impressive threshold.

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

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25 Comments

1. HappySocks unregistered

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.

3. reggiexp

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 :)

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Chat heads are pretty cool as well Also they inspired other apps like Link Bubble and Flynx

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I can reply to message within the app on my iPhone. No need for messenger anymore plus I have chat heads. :)

20. waddup121 unregistered

bruhhhh

2. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Not really by choice though. It was either download it or not use messages for FB.

4. Wiencon

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

6. HappySocks unregistered

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.

8. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

With Facebook ++ from Cydia it got awesome features, but still lags :P well, I'll check if Flex can add messenger to newer versions because I don't like using 2 apps for same task.

10. HappySocks unregistered

Do you use the jailbreak sub-reddit? You should if you don't already. Amazing community. reddit.com/r/jailbreak

13. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

No I don't, maybe I'll give it a try, but atm I have everything I want on my 4S :D (well, maybe except fluidity :P)

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Just use Facebook ++ and use in app messenger to not only free up space but to get chat heads.

17. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Yes I know, I use it right now, it's so much better thatn havin 2 apps and those new 2 weeks updates are bad joke and doesn't improve anything at all.

18. HappySocks unregistered

They don't even explain what the update is for, which very much pisses me off -.- "To better improve your experience!" ...good to know.

5. iusshpandeh

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!

11. gaming64 unregistered

What iPhone version do you use? Just need to know why.

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Right lmao.

21. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Its iPhone 5s 16 GB and Lumia 830! :)

9. foster426

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 07, 2015

I just got rid of it. I have 2gb of ram and yet everytime I went to open an app it was reloading. Deleted Messenger and now I don't have to deal with that. The app is cool, though.

19. gaming64 unregistered

I hate the new navigation of the Facebook app. And for Messenger, f**k it. I still have to go to another seperate app and close the current one. Pure B.S. slaps.

22. Arthurhkt

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.

23. T-rex unregistered

And how many of them downloaded it out of their own free will?

24. godofvishnu

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 16, 2014

the result is FAKE because nowaday FB no longer can view chat from FB app user need to download messenger to view chat from friends useless craps

25. NateAdam8

Posts: 436; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

It forces people to download it

26. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

Number of idiots has increased dramatically.

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