Facebook Messenger archive

  • Facebook will make you use Messenger app after it nixes main app's chat feature
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    Facebook will make you use Messenger app after it nixes main app's chat feature

    By 9 April 2014

    Facebook's mobile app will soon no longer let you send and receive messages or even chat. That's because Facebook wants you to use its standalone Messenger app instead. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO at Facebook, originally hinted in November that users should...

  • Facebook Messenger lands for Windows Phone - without voice messaging and chat heads
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    Facebook Messenger lands for Windows Phone - without voice messaging and chat heads

    By 5 March 2014

    Facebook and Microsoft announced at Mobile World Congress 2014 that a Facebook Messenger app for Windows Phone is in the works. That app has now arrived - but it is missing a few noticeable features. Although Facebook Messenger brought most of its messaging...

  • Facebook Messenger app for Windows desktop to shut down in March
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    Facebook Messenger app for Windows desktop to shut down in March

    By 27 February 2014

    The Facebook Messenger app has begun to alert Windows users that it will "stop working" within a week. Facebook and Microsoft announced mere days ago at Mobile World Congress 2014 that a Facebook Messenger app for Windows Phone is in the works. Neither...

  • Facebook Messenger for iOS updated with stickers and swipe to delete
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    Facebook Messenger for iOS updated with stickers and swipe to delete

    By 7 May 2013

    Facebook Messenger for iOS was given a handsome update on Monday, adding the ability to delete a message by swiping and the addition of the beloved stickers that first appeared within Facebook Home. Now available on the App Store, the stickers within...

  • Facebook Messenger for Android gains voice calling for US users
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    Facebook Messenger for Android gains voice calling for US users

    By 18 April 2013

    Facebook has brought its free voice calling feature within the Facebook Messenger app over to Android users in the US, after it saw its Android debut in the UK last month. Facebook has begun pushing the feature to users over its servers, leaving no need...

  • Facebook Messenger update brings Chat Heads to Android, no need for Facebook Home
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    Facebook Messenger update brings Chat Heads to Android, no need for Facebook Home

    By 12 April 2013

    Making preparations for the launch of Facebook Home on Friday, Facebook has updated the Facebook Messenger app for Android, in the process making the Chat Heads feature available to all. Chat Heads, despite the silly name, is an aspect of Facebook Home...

  • Facebook Messenger for Android receiving voice calling functionality
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    Facebook Messenger for Android receiving voice calling functionality

    By 27 March 2013

    Facebook has begun rolling out voice calling and voice message functionality on its Facebook Messenger for Android app to users in the UK. The Android functionality comes shortly after it was made available for UK iOS users earlier this week.  There's...

  • Facebook Messenger on iPhone gets voice-calling and messages in UK
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    Facebook Messenger on iPhone gets voice-calling and messages in UK

    By 25 March 2013

    Pocket-lint has been given a heads-up that UK iPhone owners will get voice calling and voice message functionality on their Facebook Messenger apps at some point today (25 March). The features have been in test in the US and Canada for a couple of months,...

  • Facebook signs with 18 carriers to provide discounted mobile messaging data
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    Facebook signs with 18 carriers to provide discounted mobile messaging data

    By 26 February 2013

    Facebook has announced agreement with 18 carriers in 14 countries worldwide to offer discounted data specifically for sending messages over the Facebook Messenger app available on both iOS and Android. Essentially, since Facebook Messenger uses carrier...

  • Facebook for Android native app gains voice messages
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    Facebook for Android native app gains voice messages

    By 20 January 2013

    Facebook has updated its native Android app to allow users to send voice messages, shortly after the feature first appeared on the Facebook Messenger app.  "Just tap '+' next to the box where you write a message, then tap 'Record' and hold down the record...

  • Facebook Messenger free VOIP calling rolls out to US iPhone users
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    Facebook Messenger free VOIP calling rolls out to US iPhone users

    By 16 January 2013

    Facebook has rolled out free voice calling over Wi-Fi and cellular data within its Messenger app for users in the US, after testing it for a short time in Canada. To begin using the feature, users don't have to download an update through the App Store...

  • Facebook Messenger app adds voice messages, calls coming shortly
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    Facebook Messenger app adds voice messages, calls coming shortly

    By 4 January 2013

    Facebook has updated Facebook Messenger to allow users to send voice messages, in what could become quiet a disruptive offering from the social network. In a note to Pocket-lint, the company confirmed that people will now be able to send a quick voice...

  • Facebook Messenger for Windows drops beta tag
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    Facebook Messenger for Windows drops beta tag

    By 6 March 2012

    Three months after the beta testing period went live, Facebook Messenger for Windows has now entered officialdom, giving IT staff across the land another program that they need to blacklist from their employees' workstations. "Millions of people log into...

  • Best iPad social apps
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    Best iPad social apps

    By 1 January 2012

    Social networking apps get better on the big screen. While the mobile experience is great for that untethered, out and about, live streaming and discovery social existence and perfect for creating content, there's an equally great pleasure in switching...

  • Best iPhone social apps
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    Best iPhone social apps

    By 31 December 2011

    Social networking has benefited hugely from the smartphone and its 3G goodness. Now you can post photos, send messages, communicate and tweet with friends all while on the go. The portability of social networks has also made them a lot more alive and...

  • APP OF THE DAY: Facebook Messenger review (Android)
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    APP OF THE DAY: Facebook Messenger review (Android)

    By 20 September 2011

    Facebook has found its way into almost every phone, with custom apps, a mobile site and entire operating system updates dedicated to accommodating Mark Zuckerberg’s social network. Replicating all the features that Facebook offers is accommodated well...

  • Pocket-lint Podcast #50
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    Pocket-lint Podcast #50

    By 10 August 2011

    You'd think that, as it's reached the ripe old age of 50, there would be a massive party and celebrations for this week's podcast, but as the team completely forgot, there's nary even a mention. However, rather than mope and feel old, Podcast number 50...

  • APP OF THE DAY: Facebook Messenger review (iOS)
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    APP OF THE DAY: Facebook Messenger review (iOS)

    By 10 August 2011

    Facebook has, until recently, been a place where you shout about what you are doing; whereby friends will invariably reply by shouting back:"I did this" or "I did that". However, with everyone wanting a piece of the BlackBerry BBM pie and Apple about...

  • Facebook Messenger pips Apple iMessage to the post
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    Facebook Messenger pips Apple iMessage to the post

    By 10 August 2011

    Facebook Messenger has been announced by the social network giant, a web-powered instant messenger in the same vein as BBM, and one that pips Apple's forthcoming iMessage service to the IM post. The app is a standalone one - not just an extension of the...