Facebook Messenger announced, a dedicated app for on the go messaging

By on August 10, 2011, 11:40 AM

Facebook has launched a new messaging client for smartphones, aptly named Facebook Messenger. The free standalone app will compete with other popular and upcoming programs like RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger 6 and Apple’s iMessage.

Like the aforementioned apps, Facebook Messenger is designed to circumvent traditional carrier-based text messaging systems and email.

The new app doesn’t seem terribly innovative at first glance, but there are some key differences that set it apart from the competition. The biggest feature is that conversations carry over seamlessly between Facebook and Messenger. For example, if you send someone a message through Facebook Chat on your computer, they will receive it on their phone, and vice versa.

Message logs from Facebook are also synched to the app, so you can pick up a conversation on your phone that you were having on your computer.

The fact that the app is a separate entity from Facebook’s mobile app means that you don’t have to wade through all of the other features on Facebook to get to your conversations. All of your correspondences are stored right inside the app.

Additional features include location mapping, photo attachments and group chats. Frequent group chats can be named and tagged with photos, something that could be useful if you have multiple groups of friends like I do.

Messenger also pulls contact information from your phone book and if someone isn’t using the app, your message will be sent as a traditional SMS.

I’ve been using the app for a few hours now and thus far, I like it. The layout is easy to understand and it works as advertised between my computer to the phone.

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Guest said:

cant find it in the android market.. typed "facebook messenger"

Guest said:

It's there. Just scroll down.

Lokalaskurar Lokalaskurar said:

I typed Facebook Messenger in the Android market too, I can't find it either... not even if I scroll. Luckily, you can still get it using the link provided in the article.

Update: It seems that Facebook hates me still. On the smartphone, it reads: "Messenger app: Coming Soon!"

Guest said:

Does microsoft not own a % of facebook?

But once again the WP7 fails to get a useful app.

Not hard to see why they are loosing the smartphone race by a longshot.

Guest said:

You can only get this app if you're in the US. I tried installing it through my web browser in Australia and it said I'm not allowed to ... :(

If you're trying to find it in the Android Market from outside the US it won't show up.

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

So I assume it works? Unlike the chat system in the normal FB app that doesn't work, ever since they implemented the all-on-one inbox..

And will the chat feature be removed from the original app?

Guest said:

@ 3rd Guest

MS will have Facebook chat integrated in WP7 Mango, so get your facts straight before posting nonsense.

Arris Arris said:

Note, this seems to be only available for install in the US so far. Just tried to install over browser from the android market and the message "This item cannot be installed in your device's country" was displayed (UK). Guess we'll get it in other countries sooner or later.

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