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Facebook is eliminating chat from its main app, forces users to download Messenger app instead

By Shawn Knight
Apr 9, 2014
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  1. Facebook is becoming more focused than ever with its standalone app strategy. The social network has started notifying users that they'll soon need to resort to using Facebook Messenger to send mobile messages as that functionality is being stripped from...

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  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,715   +397

    I don't like it. The FB app on my S4 is fantastic as is. On my 4th gen iPod Touch, it is painfully slow bouncing back and forth between the FB app and Messenger, sometimes with app crashes in between.
     
    H3llion, Jad Chaar, St1ckM4n and 2 others like this.
  3. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    Once again, I'd like to note that the Messenger app is pretty much unusable for most Nexus-device users. It doesn't let us log in. Work arounds to fix are long, annoying, and don't stick.
     
  4. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,392   +329

    So why did facebook make 2 apps instead of 1? Wouldnt it make more sense to make it all into one reducing workload and making it more userfriendly????
     
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  5. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,561   +862

    yea, this is incredibly annoying to me...I hate having more than one app open on my ipod at a time to begin with
     
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  6. Nick D

    Nick D TS Rookie Posts: 27

    Facebook Messenger works well in my Nexus 4. It was nice to be able to talk to almost anyone due to how open it was, this separation will cut off people who don't install the messenger (but use Facebook)
     
  7. TheDreams

    TheDreams TS Addict Posts: 611   +61

    This is bloody stupid, you will have to switch between two apps as you surf and chat.
     
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  8. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +57

    They just want people to send texts. My texts are 20 cents each.
     
  9. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Yeah. It is annoying because I personally switched back from the Messenger app to the standalone app since I saw no need for it anymore, but now I have to switch back. So dumb. I would have just killed off the messenger app if I were FB. It makes no sense.
     
  10. Unkn0wNx

    Unkn0wNx TS Rookie

    I always used the messenger app anyways.
     
  11. Exzrael

    Exzrael TS Rookie

    If only they would implement SMS/MMS-support and this would not be such a big thing for me. But leaving those important functions out - well thats just plain dumb I think.
     
  12. It is to be expected of Facebook. They will change things to suit their own plan. There is a saying divide and conquer. Facebook will do this so that they can intrude a little more on your privacy.
    The answer is never ever believe Mark Zuckerberg. Has never shown any integrity. "He speaks with a forked tongue," meaning he says one thing with other intentions, concealing the true intention. Every time Facebook is castigated for an issue such as privacy or malicious Facebook pages, they justify themselves and claim free speech as the overruling reasons. Any problem like this, does not work from the bottom of the organization up, it works from the head down. Problems are as a result of the head been corrupt, which works its way down to the bottom.
     
  13. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,519   +2,062

    I already have to use messenger if I want to chat via my mobile. I tried to send a message two days ago via the mobile FB page but it insisted I install the messenger app to do this so I installed the app. Everything went along swimmingly until I was informed by my AV software it was very invasive and wanted permissions and control of things it doesn't need. Needless to say I quickly uninstalled it along with the mobile app. From now on if I want to send a message via FB I'll do it from my desktop. I shudder to think what they're doing with WhatsApp.
     
  14. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 831   +54

    Right now if someone sends me a message on Facebook or posts on my wall or likes a post etc, my Facebook icon notifies me. Now I will have 2 different apps to notify me instead. Also I chat in the iPhone Facebook app while looking at news feeds. Looks like that is over and there will be a lot of double tapping the home button to return to the newsfeed between each message.Unless I am missing something, this doesn't appear to have been devised with the user in mind. They just made it worse.
     
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  15. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 831   +54

    I just downloaded it. Its a pile. Where I would chat occasionally to someone via Facebook messaging while browsing my newsfeed, thats gone now. Focused experience, my arse.
     
  16. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +57

    Google still has it on gmail for one.
     
  17. WithoutAnyMilk

    WithoutAnyMilk TS Enthusiast Posts: 29   +10

    I know you're a Guest and I'll probably never hear back from you, but I wanted to note that you've hit the mark here, and that is precisely why I deleted my Facebook account three years ago. Poof. Gone. Why support a company like that? That is, knowing its spotty history on privacy coupled with the fact that it's now a publicly traded company that is beholden to the wishes of shareholders who want to see at least 10% average annual ROI. So long as you and seemingly everyone else on the planet continues to support this unscrupulous cabal of an organization by using their products, you will continue to get the same craptastic results as you all willingly flush your privacy and expect me to do the same.
     
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  18. Will4298

    Will4298 TS Rookie

    There is actually an insanely easy way to avoid downloading the new app (I've been doing it for months).

    Use the Facebook app as you normally would. When you click on messages and it prompts you to download the app, click download (or go to App Store, I forget actual wording).

    When the App Store opens, just close the App Store and return to Facebook. Your messages will be visible and usable.
    You'll have to do this every few days but it beats using the new messages app.
     

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