Facebook to remove in-app messaging, use Messenger instead

Facebook to remove in-app messaging, use Messenger instead
The social network began notifying users in select European markets that messaging through the Facebook app would no longer work, pushing them to download the Messenger app.

As for the main app itself, there will still be a messaging “button” of sorts, but when you select it, you will jump to Messenger, smiley and cat stickers and all.

Facebook confirmed that this is something that will eventually rollout worldwide, with a few exceptions. Low-end Android devices that have memory limitations will not be required to download Messenger. Also, this push does not yet affect Windows Phone users even though there is a first-party Messenger app available. Tablets are also exempt for the time being. Paper, Facebook’s news feed, will also keep messaging integrated with that app for now.

If you have not bothered with Messenger, the experience is far better than the in-app vehicle, though there is something to be said about having everything in its place in one app. On the upside however, we can expect the main app to perform faster down the road, use less storage and memory. Moreover, as the social network continues to enhance the functionality of the Messenger app, such as integrated voice calling, having a separate app will certainly aid with a cleaner execution.

Is the trade-off to make room for two distinct apps worth the faster performance and expanded functionality? Tell us your opinion.

source: The Verge

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14 Comments

1. -Shadow-

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

bad news, facebook app works fast enough for me as it is, and all in one is always better than a bunch of different apps

2. TidusWulf

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

Well I didn't use face book much before, now I probably won't really use it at all.

7. DAMONORIBELLO

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

So you're saying your usage isn't going to change at all. Duly noted.

3. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

According to WPCentral "Windows Phone will continue to see messages inside their Facebook app." http://www.wpcentral.com/facebook-kill-app-messaging-favor-using-dedicated-facebook-messenger-app

8. Gawain

Posts: 432; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

...and to the person that did not read the article: "Also, this push does not yet affect Windows Phone users even though there is a first-party Messenger app available."

9. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I copied the last words, so i read all the article.

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

dumb, so, we have to have two apps for Facebook if you want to use the Messenger - so very inefficient...so very much like Facebook...

5. D79_D79_

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 19, 2014

Facebook forcing us to use the messenger app is like google forcing us to use there stupid google+ I dont and wont use google+ and I dont and wont use fb messenger. Very bad move facebook. So sad we have to be forced

6. TheNeighbor

Posts: 369; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Terrible idea! I'm not fond of the messenger and I'm forced to use it.

10. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

stupid move

11. michaelangelo

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 09, 2014

first of all messenger really sucks memory and we dont want that.... and forcing people to download their thing is really an idiot move to make... why force people...give a reason why but not just forcing people.... I will prefer facebook itself only!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!​!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

a 100% disagree...maybe i will uninstall facebook then....

13. crazymonkey05

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

I use facebook to keep up with friends life and I rarely message on it. But with I don't think IMA download an entire app to message someone once or twice a month......poor move facebook

14. MobileGuru

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 18, 2014

I prefer an all in one app. However with the new free wifi calling feature i was willing to give messenger a try.

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