Facebook sees Messenger as a primary way for people to communicate with friends and family, or even acquaintances, and apparently a little friendly competition isn’t off the table, either.
It’s no secret that the official Facebook client for Android (and iOS) is a very resource hungry app that can greatly affect the battery life of your device. Almost a year ago, tests conducted by various Redditors and other publications showed that uninstalling the Facebook app was enough to increase the battery life of their device and its performance by a significant margin.
Facebook is absolutely not a stranger to launching standalone apps for features that have been baked into its stock app for years. And now there’s one more.
Facebook has launched a new app called Messenger Lite that is specifically designed for entry-level Android devices with low memory. The “slimmed down version of Messenger” is ideal for users who live in areas where data connectivity is slow.
Earlier this year, Facebook confirmed that it was testing the ability to send standard text messages through its ridiculously popular Messenger app.
Facebook Messenger which started as an online messaging service offered by Facebook and slowly morphed into a stand-alone app, has now gone a step ahead and has gained the ability make group voice calls.
So far, the app was constantly playing catch-up to other messaging and calling apps, and this is the first time it has overtaken its competitors: WhatsApp (the one that killed SMS), Viber (the prodigal child) and Skype (the one that started VoIP). None of the others offer free group calls on mobile platforms as a part of its feature roster.
Taking on Twitter’s Periscope and YouTube’s live streaming service, Facebook today announced an update for its app with focus on videos — both live and recorded. Replacing the Messenger tab, the new Video tab in the Facebook app will now allow you to quickly access (live) videos from your friends and pages that you follow.
David Marcus from Facebook today announced on Twitter that the company will start rolling out a new version of Facebook Messenger for Android starting from today that will come with a brand new Material Design.
Streaming live video is a thing that many people like to do, and even more people like to watch, and Facebook is finally bringing that functionality to Android handsets.