Facebook adds a slew of new features to the Messenger app

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In case you didn’t know, Facebook is hosting their own developer conference this week. It’s called F8, and it will reveal new stuff regarding not only Facebook, but Instagram, Parse, Oculus, and LiveRail too.

On the Facebook side of things, they announced Messenger Platform, which gives the Messenger app its own ecosystem for creating and sharing content. They are launching a Messenger App Store, which will host about 40 new apps that work within the Messenger application. Users will be able to purchase and download these apps from within the Messenger app. These apps will allow you do utilize GIFs, video, audio clips, and more in an effort to enhance your conversations.

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Facebook announces money transferring for Messenger

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Soon, Facebook Messenger will expand to a messaging service that allows money transferring. The social network announced today that users will be able to conveniently and securely send or receive money between friends. Simply add a Visa or MasterCard debit card and setup a PIN to start transferring money. Since security has become increasingly important, especially when it comes to financial items, Facebook says that login approvals can be added for another layer of authentication.

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Pushbullet extends messaging support to Hangouts, WhatsApp, and more

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Without question, Pushbullet is one of the most useful and powerful applications available. Pushbullet is all about convenience. The app seamlessly pushes content and notifications between computers, phones, and tablets. For the last few months, users were able to reply to messages from a mobile device’s stock messaging app. Earlier today, Pushbullet announced the extention of messaging support to some of the world’s best services.

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Facebook testing transcripts for Messenger voice clips

 

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Rather than leaving a message with voicemail, people are sending voice clips. They are quicker to access and easier to manage. Messaging apps want to keep users within the service and adding support for voice clips does just that. To take things a bit further, transcripts of voice clips are gaining traction. Facebook Messenger is rolling out a feature to its users that converts voice clips into a message with text automatically created by the app. Facebook is testing the feature with a very small amount of users at this time so do not be surprised if your voice clips will not convert into transcripts just yet.

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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

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

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

 

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.

source: The Verge