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.
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.
Right now, users of the Google Messenger app are seeing a software update arrive on their devices. The update includes support for animated GIFS and a new widget for placement on the home screen and/or lock screen. Google also made the usual performance improvements to the app while squashing some bugs.
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Despite claims that Google+ is a “dead” social network, it appears Facebook has decided to take a page or two out of Google’s playbook for the holidays. Google+ users are familiar with the goodies that Google makes available for their social platform during different times of year, like virtual snow added to winter pics that are posted. Facebook has released some similar features for their Messenger application.
Google is currently pushing out a much-anticipated compatibility update for its official Messenger application via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings users the ability to assign colors to individual chats, as well as support for emojis, a new search feature and a handful of bug fixes and speed optimizations.
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To add some more Material Design flavoring to your device, go ahead and download Google Messenger. It is a standalone app for sending/receiving SMS and MMS messages. It will replace your existing messaging app. What it will not replace is Hangouts as that remains the go-to for devices connected to a Google account. Google Messenger looks great and functions just as well. It clearly follows Lollipop guidelines.
Here are the key features of Messenger:
- Faster sharing: Select or take pictures and videos directly from the app and share easily. You can even send audio messages to your contacts.
- Easy search: Search through contacts and conversations threads to find exactly what you are looking for.
- Purposeful design: New, fluid, material design that is intuitive and delightful.
- More features: audio messages, emoji support, colored text heads, message archiving and more.
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On many of the press shots of the Nexus 6, there’s a new application in the phone’s dock next to the phone icon. The app is called Messenger, and at first glance, it makes sense to think it’s something that could replace Hangouts and finally merge everything into one single application. However, according to Google, that’s not the case. Not yet, at least.
Facebook’s Messenger application has seen a recent update that’s added in the ability to draw and sketch over your photos before sending them to someone. Since Facebook has made Messenger a mandatory install for anyone that wants to chat through the social network’s IM service, it’s good to see that they’re continuing to add in some features to make the switch worthwhile.
That’s pretty much the only addition in the update, but if you like to draw on your pictures or superimpose text Snapchat-style, it’s worth downloading.
The latest app to add support for Android Wear is a big one – Facebook Messenger. According to Facebook’s Ian Lake, Facebook Messenger v9 adds the ability to respond directly to messages using your voice, as well as send a “like” thumbs up to recipients. You’ll also be able to mute notifications on your phone or Android Wear device.
Aside from Wear support, the update also adds some “improvements to make the app faster and more reliable”. To get this update, head to the Google Play link past the break.
Source: +Ian Lake
Facebook previously announced that they were planning on splitting messaging off from their main application solely into the Facebook Messenger app, and it looks like that day has finally come. Up until now, users had a choice between sending messages through either the Facebook app or the Messenger app, but now users trying to communicate through Facebook will be prompted to download Messenger to continue sending and receiving Facebook messages. Love it or hate it, that’s how it’s going to be moving forward.