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  • Messenger No Longer Requires A Facebook Account

    Messenger No Longer Requires A Facebook Account

    Facebook wants even the people who hate Facebook to use Messenger, so it’s opening the option to sign up for its chat app without an account on its social network. Users can sign up with just a first name, last name, and phone number, starting today in the US, Canada, Peru, and Venezuela before the feature comes elsewhere. Facebook tested accountless signups for Messenger on Android… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger On Android Hits 1…Billion…Downloads

    Facebook Messenger On Android Hits 1…Billion…Downloads

    Only two companies have apps with over 1 billion Google Play downloads, and the other is Google. Today Facebook proved just how big a business replacing SMS can be, as its leader David Marcus announced Messenger has now been downloaded over 1 billion times on Android. It joins Facebook and WhatsApp, and Google’s Gmail, YouTube, Search, and Maps in this very exclusive… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Ditches Constant Mapping To Lay Groundwork For More Location Features

    Facebook Messenger Ditches Constant Mapping To Lay Groundwork For More Location Features

    Facebook is removing the confusing, slightly creepy always-on location sharing feature in Messenger for a more explicit, one-time way to share where you are or will be. Location will no longer be a “second class citizen”, Messenger Head Of Product Stan Chudnovsky tells me. Instead, Messenger has big plans for GPS features, saying “What we’re launching is the foundation… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Payments Arrives In NYC, Now Supports Group Chats And More

    Facebook Messenger Payments Arrives In NYC, Now Supports Group Chats And More

    Facebook says today that it’s expanding access to the new payments feature introduced in Facebook Messenger earlier this year to those located in New York City and the surrounding metro area. The feature, which allows friends to send and receive money using Facebook’s messaging app on iOS and Android as well as on the desktop, was previously only available in a few cities in the U.S. Read More

  • Facebook Took The Scenic Route, But Now It’s Nailing Mobile

    Facebook Took The Scenic Route, But Now It’s Nailing Mobile

    A company can’t easily shore up its weaknesses, especially when it grows to the size of Facebook, but the social network has managed to slowly but surely reinvent itself on mobile in a way that makes sense and resonates with users. FB surely stumbled along the path, and some of its efforts even drew outright scorn, but presumably the ill-fated experiments informed recent successes, and… Read More

  • Facebook’s New Homegrown Messenger Apps Focus On Selfies, Sound And Shaking

    Facebook’s New Homegrown Messenger Apps Focus On Selfies, Sound And Shaking

    Facebook has launched its first home-made apps for its Messenger Platform after Sound Clips (iOS/Android), Selfied (iOS/Android), Strobe (iOS/Android) and Shout (iOS/Android) went live. Stickered, an existing app that lets you plaster photos with stickers, has also been retooled for Messenger. Read More

  • Facebook Fights Info Overload With AIs That Identify What’s In Videos And Sentences

    Facebook Fights Info Overload With AIs That Identify What’s In Videos And Sentences

    Facebook has made some breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. Today at its F8 conference, CTO Mike Schroepfer described new systems for identifying the content and context of videos and sentences. The second day of F8 included the open-sourcing of native mobile app development tool React Native, a preview of a giant new unmanned aerial vehicle for delivering Internet to remote areas… Read More

  • Facebook Plans To Turn Messenger Into A Platform

    Facebook Plans To Turn Messenger Into A Platform

    Next week at its F8 developer conference, Facebook will announce new ways for third parties to offer experiences through its Messenger app, according to multiple sources. Facebook hopes to make Messenger more useful, after seeing Asia’s chat apps WeChat and Line succeed as platforms that go beyond just texting with friends. Read More

  • Microsoft Outs An Entry Level Facebook Messenger Phone

    Microsoft Outs An Entry Level Facebook Messenger Phone

    Fans of branding confusion will be pleased to hear Microsoft hasn’t ditched the Nokia phone brand quite yet. It’s just announced a new entry level mobile phone, badged with the Nokia name: the Nokia 215, dubbing the handset its “most affordable Internet-ready entry level phone yet” — and aiming it at first time mobile buyers starting in the Middle East, Africa… Read More

  • Facebook Will Monetize Games With Ads, Not Messenger

    Facebook Will Monetize Games With Ads, Not Messenger

    How is Facebook going to monetize Messenger? Not by featuring games in the app like Korea’s KakaoTalk, at least for now. Instead, Facebook could concentrate on solving new problems with Messenger. When I pressed Facebook’s EMEA Director of Platform Partnerships Julien Codorniou about whether Messenger would become a platform that hosts non-chat experiences, he said that Facebook… Read More

  • Facebook Now Has 1.1B Messaging App Users After Messenger Hits 500M

    Facebook Now Has 1.1B Messaging App Users After Messenger Hits 500M

    Another billion-user milestone for Facebook: The company now has over 1 billion messaging users, after today announcing that it has passed 500 million monthly active users for Messenger, on top of the 600 million active users that Facebook-owned WhatsApp now has. In Facebook’s last earnings presentation, CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted that “products don’t really get that… Read More

  • Hacked Screenshots Show Friend-To-Friend Payments Feature Hidden In Facebook Messenger

    Hacked Screenshots Show Friend-To-Friend Payments Feature Hidden In Facebook Messenger

    Facebook Messenger is all set up to allow friends to send each other money. All Facebook has to do is turn on the feature, according to screenshots and video taken using iOS app exploration developer tool Cycript by Stanford computer science student Andrew Aude. Messenger’s payment option lets users send money in a message similar to how they can send a photo. Users can add a debit card… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: More of the Same

    Gillmor Gang: More of the Same

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — split down the middle on the latest app trend known as unbundling. Foursquare begat Swarm, Facebook produced Messenger, and Yo popped out a beta with non-disclosed super powers. Tying it altogether was the seamless fabric of notifications, about to crescendo with iOS8’s app-to-app… Read More

  • Facebook Forces Users Worldwide To Download Messenger For Mobile Chat

    Facebook Forces Users Worldwide To Download Messenger For Mobile Chat

    Over the next few days, Facebook will stop allowing messaging in its main iPhone and Android apps, and force all their users around the world to download its standalone Messenger app. Facebook first started requiring users in Europe to use Messenger back in April, but after seeing “positive results” in terms of engagement, its rolling out the plan to the everyone. Facebook tells… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Finally Gets An iPad Version

    Facebook Messenger Finally Gets An iPad Version

    Three years after Facebook acquired Beluga and turned it into Messenger for smartphones, its dedicated chat app today got a version specially designed for iPad rather than just running as an enlarged iPhone app. Messenger for iPad features a multi-window interface showing a list of threads and your current conversation at the same time. Messenger had over 200 million users as of April… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Adds Tap-And-Hold Video Sharing, Another Snapchat Feature

    Facebook Messenger Adds Tap-And-Hold Video Sharing, Another Snapchat Feature

    Why tell with text when you can show with video? Facebook Messenger is diving deeper into visual communication with a new option to instantly record and send short videos, similar to Snapchat. The feature comes to iOS today and is rolling out to Android. Messenger added pre-recorded video sharing and a split-screen selfie camera in April, but now you can tap and hold the camera button to fire… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger For Android Gets Improved Photo And Video Sharing

    Facebook Messenger For Android Gets Improved Photo And Video Sharing

    Facebook’s dedicated Messenger app for Android now offers the features that hit the iOS app earlier this week, including quick access to photo and video sharing in the same window as your current conversation. The update also adds quick access to media on your camera roll, as well as single-tap routes to stickers and audio messaging. For more details, check out our longer profile here. Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Adds Video And Quicker Selfies For Snapchat-Style Visual Conversations

    Facebook Messenger Adds Video And Quicker Selfies For Snapchat-Style Visual Conversations

    People love the intimacy of communicating through photos and videos. Snapchat proved that. Now Facebook wants more of these visual conversations happening in Messenger so it’s added video sharing plus faster photo uploads and camera access in an update for iOS today that’s rolling out to Android this week. The new message composer puts the camera, photo reel, stickers, and… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Action Items

    Gillmor Gang: Action Items

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Semil Shah, Danny Sullivan, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — played the latest favorite game of the Mobility Addicted. It’s called Lock Screen, and some of us think it’s where the early adopters meet the great unvarnished Silent Majority. Forget clicks or swipes or doing anything; it’s all about glancing. What this means… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Adds A Dedicated Groups Tab

    Facebook is gradually rolling out an update to its Facebook Messenger app for iOS and Android. Users will see a new dedicated “Groups” tab for group discussions. Instead of mixing one-on-one conversations with group discussions, you can pin permanent group discussions in a separate tab. You can also pin existing group discussions or start a new group from this screen. When you create… Read More