Soon, you’ll be able to send messages across Instagram and WhatsApp using just Messenger. There’s also a Messenger desktop client in testing that might roll out later this year.
Apps/Software May 1, 2019
Messenger users can now enable dark mode on their apps without having to send crescent moon emojis. The feature is now part of the regular functions of the app.
Apps/Software April 16, 2019
After spinning it off the main Facebook app in 2014, Facebook might put Messenger back in. The move seems to be part of the company’s plans to unify all Facebook-owned messaging services.
Apps/Software April 13, 2019
Even if Facebook’s Messenger app has a dark mode, the main social networking app will pass on the current tech trend. In fact, the company is taking the opposite approach and is making the Facebook app even whiter.
Apps/Software March 12, 2019
If not by the end of this year, nearly all of major apps owned by Facebook will have a unified messaging system by early 2020. They’ll have end-to-end encryption as well, as so ordered by CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Apps/Software January 26, 2019
Facebook users might finally be allowed to unsend messages. The company is apparently close to rolling the feature out, per the latest release notes of Messenger for iOS.
Internet November 8, 2018
Adding friends on Messenger Kids just got easier. Users can now let parents opt into a new feature that generates a unique phrase that can be sent to other potential friends, and parents of both children must approve the request.
Apps/Software August 14, 2018
Facebook is not asking for your banking data, contrary to what reports claim. Rather, it’s working with banks to bring banking features over to Messenger via a chatbot.
Security August 7, 2018
Facebook is testing a new feature on Messenger that’ll identify fake accounts when they send you messages. The feature tells you in what country the account originates, and whether it was created recently.
Apps/Software July 11, 2018
Facebook owns four of the top five most downloaded iOS apps of all time, according to App Annie. The report, which was released to celebrate the App Store's 10th birthday, also revealed the top games for the operating system.
Apps/Software July 3, 2018
Facebook is radically redesigning its Messenger app to cut certain bloat and make a cleaner, simpler interface. Messenger Lite users, is it time to switch back?
Apps/Software May 2, 2018
In response to controversy regarding its Messenger app, Facebook will now allow users to 'unsend' messages. This comes after Facebook revealed it scans the links and photos of messages and that the company deletes messages by chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.
Apps/Software April 6, 2018
Facebook Messenger has been updated to include admin privileges. Group chat admin can now approve new members, remove them, and promote them to admin status.
Apps/Software March 22, 2018
Facebook confirmed that its Messenger app is about to get a new feature. The company currently calls it 'Your Emoji' and is designed to flaunt the user's mood via icons.
Apps/Software February 9, 2018
A Facebook Messenger redesign is coming this year, as the app was said to be 'too cluttered' by a Facebook executive. Will the new Messenger look more like Messenger Lite?
Apps/Software January 17, 2018
AIM has officially shut down after more than two decades, marking the end of an era. Users can no longer access or sign into AIM services on any platform, and AIM data and Buddy Lists are gone for good.
Internet December 16, 2017
PayPal payments now work on Facebook Messenger, allowing users to send or receive money in a couple of clicks. The integration also brings over PayPal’s first customer service bot to Messenger.
Apps/Software October 21, 2017
Facebook has released Messenger Lite for Android in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Ireland. The app still enables communication among users, but with some features found in the main Messenger app disabled.
Apps/Software October 3, 2017
WhatsApp has now shot to 1 billion daily users, according to Facebook’s most recent earnings report. As its user base across apps grows, however, so will the number of ads.
Apps/Software July 28, 2017
Facebook has announced that it will start showing ads on the Messenger home screen. The move, which comes directly from beta tests performed in Thailand and Australia, is a way to make the platform profitable.
Apps/Software July 12, 2017
Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram are testing a shared notifications feature that will help users keep track of new activity among all three apps. The feature will greatly help users who spend a lot of time on the three Facebook-owned apps.
Apps/Software May 19, 2017
The latest Facebook Messenger update revamped its home screen to simplify navigation within the popular messaging app. The home screen overhaul follows the addition of several new features to Messenger.
Apps/Software May 18, 2017
Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference will be held on April 18 in San Jose, California. Expect a myriad of developments from AR to VR tand from false news to Messenger.
Internet April 18, 2017
Facebook Messenger rolled out the Live Location feature, allowing users to share their real-time location to friends and family members. Here is how to use the tool, which is now available on the iOS and Android versions of the app.
Apps/Software March 28, 2017
Facebook announced that it would discontinue support for older versions of Messenger by March end. The Facebook Messenger app will no longer be supported on devices that run on Windows Phone 8.1 or lower.
Apps/Software March 28, 2017
Facebook has introduced two new features to Messenger that make chats more dynamic and easier to navigate: reactions and mentions. The updates are rolling out now and will be available globally in the coming days.
Apps/Software March 23, 2017
Facebook now allows businesses to post job openings on their Pages in a dedicated tab. This will make it easier for job seekers to find work on the social network, which will now challenge LinkedIn in the job market industry.
Internet February 16, 2017
WhatsApp will not be available to smartphones running on older Android, iOS and Windows Phone mobile operating system after Dec. 31. The move will enable the company to focus on operating systems that are vastly used by smartphone owners.
Apps/Software December 6, 2016
Facebook launched a new feature to a select number of users, and it could make beginning chats way easier. Enter Conversation Topics, a special section that surveys your friends’ activity, which can be either helpful or plain creepy.
Apps/Software October 18, 2016
Facebook finished rolling out full on encryption to the 900 million users of its Messenger app. Users were allowed to tap into end-to-end encryption using the super safe Signal protocol, but there is a catch.
Apps/Software October 5, 2016
According to a TechCrunch report, Facebook is hiding an unreleased feature named Rooms in the source code of Messenger. The feature is similar to the standalone app of Facebook that was shut down in late 2015.
Apps/Software September 14, 2016
Facebook recently allowed users to send and receive SMS through Messenger for Android. However, is the company too aggressive in pushing users to activate the feature?
Apps/Software June 21, 2016
Facebook is now allowing users on the Android version of Messenger to engage in SMS conversations. Users will be able to insert video, audio and images into their text messages, along with emojis, stickers and location sharing.
Apps/Software June 15, 2016
Android device users are seeing notifications on Facebook's mobile web app that conversations will soon be moved to Messenger. It can be ignored for now, but soon, messages will only be accessed through the standalone app.
Apps/Software June 4, 2016
NASA has released new digital models that show various aspects of Mercury. These include the amount of volcanic activity on the planet as well as its geological history. Data for these maps were gathered by the MESSENGER spacecraft.
Space May 10, 2016
A Brazil judge ordered local mobile network carriers to block WhatsApp for 72 hours, Folha de S.Paulo newspaper reported. This is the second time in less than six months that WhatsApp has been blocked in Brazil.
Apps/Software May 3, 2016
Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps have begun rolling out to Windows 10. Users can now use these Facebook apps without the need for a browser.
Apps/Software April 30, 2016
Facebook messenger users, you might still be missing a few other messages in your inbox. Here are detailed instructions on getting to those hidden messages inside your Messenger app, for both Android and Apple users, as well as Messenger.com.
Apps/Software April 6, 2016
BlackBerry's latest update brings free access to the previously subscription-based Retract and Timer privacy features for its BBM app users on iOS, Android and BlackBerry 10.
Apps/Software April 4, 2016
Video and screenshots of Messenger for Windows 10 have leaked, and Microsoft has confirmed the legitimacy of the app. The features of the upcoming communications app were also revealed.
Apps/Software March 11, 2016
Lyft revealed that Facebook's Messenger is its newest marquee partner, in addition to launching the Lyft Developer Program. The program calls for developers from all over the world to use the Lyft API within their apps.
Apps/Software March 8, 2016
Users can now share songs and playlists on Messenger, thanks to Spotify integration. The feature is currently being rolled out to the iOS and Android versions of Facebook's messaging app.
Apps/Software March 4, 2016
With ads coming to Messenger sooner rather than later, will Facebook's other messaging platform - WhatsApp - share the same fate? More likely than not, yes - WhatsApp may be opening up business channels for companies and users to communicate with one another.
Apps/Software February 20, 2016
Facebook is now testing an SMS integration feature for Messenger for Android, and it could soon enable users to send out text messages to their friends. The company has likewise added in multiple account support.
Apps/Software February 12, 2016
Facebook wants its Messenger app to be a one-stop-shop for all other apps. By using threaded conversations not just with friends and family but with other businesses and services, Facebook intends to be the only app people will ever really need.
Apps/Software November 16, 2015