Facebook Messenger receives an important update, is likely to mess the balance in the Force

Facebook Messenger receives an important update, is likely to mess the balance in the Force
An update to the Facebook Messenger app is now rolling, and within you'll find some pretty important updates both for consumers, and even more so – the merciless incumbent competition. 

Just a short time after BBM made its officially official entry into the iOS and Android worlds, so will the Facebook Messenger enter the messaging segment, which is occupied by giants the likes of WhatsApp, LINE and Viber already. You may be thinking that messaging is precisely what Facebook messenger does, and you'll be completely right, but for a small detail – you can currently only chat up people that are already your Facebook friends. The new update builds on top of that functionality, and now anybody who has your phone number in their address book can add you, so it'll actually work a lot like the rest of the competition, with the considerable benefit of a tight integration with Facebook.

The new version will also bring about a rather major aesthetic update – the app is now decidedly Android, unlike in the past, when it felt a bit like a port of the iOS one. Moreover, the app will also now also clearly indicate whether the person you're chatting with is on his desktop or smartphone, which is a neat addition.

The update is already rolling on Android for some devices, so if you aren't getting it just yet, you may have to wait for a while or simply go ahead and manually update. In the meantime, the iOS version is said to also be in the works, and it appears like that once that's ready, we'll see a world-wide release.

source: Facebook Messenger (Play Store) via AllThingsD

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7 Comments

1. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

BBM really stirred things up didn't they. Hangouts also got some pretty good updates, and this is also very welcome. Thank you BBM.

3. jccruz

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

Am loving BBM..so cool

2. jccruz

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

But how to log out from the new Facebook Messenger..been playing with it but can't figure it out..anybody knows?

4. Cyberchum

Posts: 1096; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Then it's just this and whatsapp,the rest are pretenders "to me. User base is key and that's where both edges out.

5. harigrg33

Posts: 188; Member since: May 20, 2013

After update my msg is not getting send, everytime 'your msg not send'

6. DAddYE

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

"The new version will also bring about a rather major aesthetic update – the app is now decidedly Android, unlike in the past, when it felt a bit like a port of the iOS one. " ... really? To me this looks like an iOS7 1:1 copy, but to be fair it reminds also the allegedy kitkat ui.

7. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

The first to video chat will rule them all bbm promises that in months but we will see

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