Facebook Forces Users To Download a Separate Messenger app

The social networking site, Facebook is about to stop the messaging feature in its main iOS and Android apps and expected to pushing users to download its standalone messenger app. It offers a better experience with more ways of keeping in touch with your friends via voice messages, video, and stickers. The company had already pushed messenger in Europe and plans to roll out it to the everyone after seeing positive results.

Over the coming days, iPhone and Android users is expected to get a notification to install Facebook Messenger, rather than being able to read it within the app. Messenger is 20 percent  faster than the currently available messaging apps on the Facebook.

 

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“In the next few days, we’re continuing to notify more people that if they want to send and receive Facebook messages, they’ll need to download the Messenger app. As we’ve said, our goal is to focus development efforts on making Messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences. Messenger is used by more than 200 million people every month, and we’ll keep working to make it an even more engaging way to connect with people,” Facebook said in a statement, as reported by Tech Crunch.

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According to a report by TheVerge, the company plans to improve the speed and add features such as the ability to take selfies and videos within the app.

The notification reads, “We’re moving Messages. Soon they’ll be in our other app Messenger. You’ll be able to do more, like take selfies and videos within the app – and its much faster.”

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Earlier this month, Facebook had announced a video discovery tool to surface higher-quality videos by analyzing how long users actually watch each video. The company had also launched Anniversary Story for FB Couples.

Tech First Post says: The company claims that splitting it into two apps will ensure that both work efficiently. But hassle of managing separate apps – one for social networking and other just for messaging might annoy some users. However, these changes will not reflect on the desktop, and the messaging feature will continue to be part of the desktop application. Like it or not, downloading the standalone app will soon be the only way users can chat using Facebook.

The Verge says: Facebook isn’t yet forcing anyone to make the switch; it says there will be several notices before messages are finally unbundled for good. But that step is fast approaching. Desktop users don’t need to worry about this, since chat will remain there in the same place as always.

Daily News says: The Messenger app is good. It’s clean and intuitive and once installed will launch automatically if a user has the main app open and receives a message.

Information Week says: After you download Messenger, Facebook will ask if you want to import and sync your contacts. If you import contacts, Facebook will store this information on its servers where it may be used to help others search for or connect with people or to generate suggestions for you to others, it said. It may also import information from your contact list and message folders, too.

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If you want to delete contacts you imported to Messenger, go to the app’s Settings page and tap Synced Contacts > Learn More. This page will show you the contacts that were imported to Messenger and let you delete them at the bottom. Even if you delete contacts, note that your phone book will be imported again if you have continuous syncing turned on. You can turn this off in your Messenger settings.

More from Tech CrunchAccording to the data and given enough time for the dust to settle, the move might be a smart way to boost messaging usage and acclimate users to Facebook’s burgeoning standalone app familythat also includes Paper and Slingshot. Eventually it could also make Facebook money, as last week CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that Messenger would eventually be monetized by allowing payments.

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