Facebook Messenger gets free calling over WiFi and more in latest update

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Facebook Messenger is receiving a hefty update today that brings few, but wanted features. Instead of having all of your contacts in the same place, groups can now be composed for your favorite people and pictures will remain there. Also, if someone is not in a conversation you are having, forwarding a message or photo is just a tap away. Shortcuts to a conversation are now able to be pinned to the home screen.

Facebook Messenger finally has free calling over WiFi. You can call using your data plan; however, you are using precious data. This puts the application more in-line with others like Skype. The update is live for everyone and does not seem to be taking place with a staged rollout.

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Facebook Messenger update adds in group chat features

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Facebook has updated their Messenger application with a handful of great new features focused on group chatting. Now you’ll be able to create groups for different people you communicate with, and you’ll be able to change the group name, add photos for the group, and manage members of the group. They’ve also thrown in a nifty message forwarding option for people you’re chatting with.

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Facebook introduces beta program for Messenger

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Facebook already took advantage of Google’s beta program with the Facebook app, and now they are including Messenger. This is a good thing since they can get feedback from a lot of users before releasing enhancements to the general public.

If you are already a beta user for the main Facebook app, you still have to sign up for Messenger. The good news is both are independent so you don’t have to be part of both. You can choose one or the other. Hit the break for full instructions for the Messenger beta.

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Facebook Messenger update with refreshed UI now rolling out to all

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facebook_messenger_updateRemember that Facebook Messenger overhall that was announced around two weeks ago? It’s finally rolling out to all users via the Play Store. It was previously only available to a limited number of people, but now that the bugs have presumably been caught, the update with an all-new design and new features is available for everyone.

As a refresher, the updated app has a blue and white iOS7 feel now, along with new chat features, like the ability to message someone with just their phone number, in addition the removal of SMS support. Head past the break for a download link.

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Facebook Messenger update lets you send voice messages via app

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Facebook Messenger got a nifty little update today. The popular messaging app now includes a “voice record” feature. If you’re feeling too lazy to type out a message, you can simply touch “voice record”, hold down the red record button and speak what you want your friend to know. When you’re done recording your message, just let go of the record button and the app will automatically upload your message and send it across the airwaves to your friend’s phone, where they can give it a listen. For now, voice messaging is limited to one minute, so if you’re gonna talk longer than that, you should probably just make a normal phone call (do people even still make those?). If you want to grab the app, use the QR code or download link below.

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Facebook Messenger To Only Require Name And Number To Use Service, Pushes SMS One Step Closer To Extinction

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Facebook’s Messenger app has loosened its chains a little and is on its way to being a viable replacement to standard SMS. Hot off the heels of integrating itself with standard texting, Facebook recently announced that users will no longer need to sign into to their Facebook accounts in order to use Messenger— instead, users will only need to provide a name and a number in order to communicate with their friends— similar to what GroupMe or WhatsApp does already. There seems to be some sound reasoning to this decision as Facebook is looking to compete directly against iChat and BBM users. More importantly– the new Facebook Messenger app will be set up as a more efficient and more compelling alternative to the slow and outdated SMS standard.

While the new advancement of Facebook Messenger is exciting and all— most users probably shouldn’t expect to see the new update at least right away. It’s worth noting that India, Australia, Indonesia, Venezuela, and South Africa are the only countries able to take advantage of the new update for now. Knowing Mark Zuckerberg though– it probably won’t be too long of a wait to see other countries take advantage of this sooner than later.

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Facebook Messenger update brings texting support to select devices

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Today Facebook is introducing texting support for its Messenger application for Android. A thorough redesign has transformed the old, tired inbox into a full-fledged SMS app. As you swipe to the left, a list of available users is given, which will allow you to directly send a message over your carrier’s cellular network. Additionally, you can create groups to message multiple friends at once.

There is a downside however, as Facebook has only made the application compatible with a handful of devices. Currently, the HTC EVO 3D, HTC One X, LG Optimus Black, LG Optimus Hub, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy S3, and Samsung Galaxy Y are supported. If you’re rocking one of the aforementioned devices, be sure to hit the Play Store download link or scan the QR code below.

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