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
Facebook has made some efforts into improving its Messenger app recently, but it's apparently far from done. According to the company, Messenger is just one percent finished at this time, as it will someday become the one-stop-shop for everything.
Apps/Software October 13, 2015
Facebook Messenger has finally landed on the Apple Watch. The new Facebook Messenger update also incorporates support for iPad multitasking features in iOS 9.
Wearable Tech October 9, 2015
Pro.com has partnered with Facebook in launching the Text-a-Pro service. Through the service, one can already hire a home service provider via Facebook Messenger.
Apps/Software October 8, 2015
Kylie Jenner now has an app to her name and it seemed like it’s been doing really well in the iTunes sales charts. The app reportedly went all the way to the number one spot just one day after it launched.
Apps/Software September 20, 2015
Facebook is reportedly testing a new GIF button feature for its Messenger as it continues to push better multimedia content.
Apps/Software July 7, 2015
Facebook's decision to not require Messenger users to have accounts on the social network could signal a future direction that would further separate Messenger from Facebook.
Apps/Software June 25, 2015
Facebook Messenger will now let users sign up with only a phone number, not a Facebook account.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech June 24, 2015
Facebook's Messenger has now become part of the exclusive group of apps with over 1 billion downloads on the Google Play Store. The milestone is especially significant considering the initial negative reaction against the app.
Apps/Software June 10, 2015
Facebook's peer-to-peer payment system has been updated to make it easier to use the service as it expands to New York City.
Apps/Software May 30, 2015
A new Google Chrome extension has been released that allows users to track all their Facebook friends' locations through tracking in Facebook Messenger. The app highlights the growing concern for privacy in the digital world.
Apps/Software May 28, 2015