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Facebook To Release Stand Alone Mobile Messenger For Android And iOS (Updated)

Looks like there is finally some useful development happening over at Facebook HQ, as they have begun announcing their newest creation. Anyone in need of a stand alone mobile instant messaging application for all smart phones? Sorry BlackBerry, they’re still working on yours.

Lately, Facebook has combined your regular messages with the IM’s you receive on the site into the same category, so it makes complete sense to simplify all your messages into a single app. FB is also reporting that the people you text or IM don’t even need to be your friends on Facebook, but even a contact in your phone’s address book will work.  

The application isn’t just a messaging app, either. There is a group feature where you can even share your location with all your selected friends thanks to good ‘ol mobile tracking. Release is expected sometime today on the Android Market, but rest assured that as soon as this application drops, we will let you know. Is everyone looking forward to another poorly supported app, or is Facebook going to change their tune and make this one actually work properly?

Update:  Here is the link to the market to download it.

For more info on it’s release, check out their Facebook Page.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/wallcouldtalk Fernando Landaverde

    Oh cool, you can Facebook message your contacts. Oh wait, that sucks for anyone with a Nexus phone or, I believe it was 2.3.2 that took away syncing Facebook friends to your contacts? Myuh, I barely check Facebook as it is now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bryanpwilliams Bryan Williams

    I really believe the “normal” smartphone user likes to see how much crap they can load on their phone to try and impress their friends with a lighter on their phone or some random useless sound.

    This is how apps like this get designed.  Hey, lets make an app that people can message friends with but can’t tell if they’re online or not when they send it….but still eats crap out of the battery.  Yeah, that sounds like a great idea!

  • Anonymous

    I just paiid $21.86 for an i P a d2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her

    Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.74 there arriving tomorrow

    by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again.

    Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $658 which

    only cost me $62.80 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from,
    http://EgoWin.com

  • Scull314

    its not even an IM client, it sends the person youre talking to a message, not an im. flawed app is flawed.

  • Anonymous

    Poor Facebook, trying so hard to not become the next Myspace.

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  • Akowal

    I’m not sure how i feel about it… I love the idea of having my mobile FB chat actually working (in-app and go chat have stopped working for me) but this app seemed shitty. If im on my PC, i dont want a notification on my phone about a chat message, and what bugs me more, is that the chat window on the pc hides itself when it knows im on the phone. Do not like that.

  • Validoption

    This is just so they can justify the purchase of Beluga.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

    Horrible

  • http://www.facebook.com/michaeljmcgrath Michael McGrath

    all the reviews said it sucked… you guys agree?

  • Utsav Shrestha

    why can’t i see it in my phone’s market app. got a HTC Inc S..on the computer, says not compatible..

  • http://twitter.com/kirilv Kiril

    Wait, this does what again? Am I supposed to be this confused?

    • Anonymous

      Its a copy of BBM or Google+ Huddle. Nothing new its already built into the regular Facebook App.

  • Anonymous

    My problem with this is now when I get a message it shows up in messenger, Facebook chat, and Facebook messages. I basically get three notifications for 1 message. its also more mess to clean up if you want to delete the conversation afterword. The Facebook app should be able to detect is this is installed. Also I can’t understand why Chats show up in messages on the Facebook App. Facebook still has a lot of work to do.

  • Lars Nørgaard

    Someone post the .apk ?

  • Hank

    Sorry FB, we got tired of waiting. We’ve already moved on.

    • Marques Williams

      EXACTLY

      • Adam Elghor

        G+ FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    This is a way for FB to get at your Google contacts via native apps since Gmail won’t share them!

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    this app is complete horsecrap

  • Djlowproz

    Oh i thought this was some sort of Ad on FB

  • Anonymous

    Now I get double notifications for Facebook messages…. ugh

    • http://twitter.com/genetic_bloom genetic_bloom

      So turn off notifications in one of the apps just like you would if you downloaded another text messaging app.

  • snacknuts

    I’m guessing this is the result of them buying Beluga?

  • James Jun

    Looking at the market comments……..this app is the equivalent of crap. 

  • Ian Wilson

    It’s OK guys, this app is special… it takes pictures of your face and then uses facial recognition to get you to chat with people who are highly likely to S your D

    • Anonymous

      I just paiid $21.87 for an iPad2-32GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://to.ly/aUlw

      • Adam Elghor

        fake and gay!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      I just paiid $21.86 for an i P a d2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her

      Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.74 there arriving tomorrow

      by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again.

      Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $658 which

      only cost me $62.80 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from,
      http://EgoWin.com

  • Anonymous

    Only works for 2.2+ devices folks…
    But I hope that it has realtime notifications like PUSH notifications. Because that “blackberry” trick that Androidcentral” posted just locked my synching up..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AI3BHGGJBP6GJNSDFSMWTZFRAI Dominooch

    How dare you show a pic of the iphone here

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1603800094 Cody Clay

      How dare you say that word

      • Guest123

        Nigga please!

      • http://www.facebook.com/michaeljmcgrath Michael McGrath

        no reason to innovate without competition, bro

  • http://twitter.com/mutinymanx Tyler Spurgeon

    My thought is why didn’t they just incorporate this into the Facebook app and force everyone to have it. I for one am glad they didn’t because I don’t want some of the people I have as friends be able to contact me 24/7. On the other hand, the majority of people that I do talk to have Facebook, so having another way to contact them instantly anywhere I am would be a plus.

  • Anonymous

    YAIMAIDN  – Yet Another Instant Messaging App I Dont Need. 

  • Anonymous

    works fine here.. doesnt complete a “messenger” style app tho, no list to tell whos online or away…

  • Davros

    Am I the only person who takes advantage of having flash and uses the real FB instead of an app?

    • Adam Elghor

      pshhhh…flash that was sooo android 2.2

  • Jesusmacabee

    Sounds like the equivalent of Google+ Huddle 

    • Nex

      Yup sounds like Facebook is hearing those G+ footsteps getting louder and louder

  • Peter Bartholomul

    No thanks. I have Trillian on my phone which I bought for $4 when it was first released and have no ads in my version. and it has aim, facebook chat, and almost every other IM service all together. No need to have an app for only facebook chat

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, has that since beta. Works will for me

    • Anonymous

      I just paiid $21.87 for an iPad2-32 GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://to.ly/aUlw

    • http://www.facebook.com/michaeljmcgrath Michael McGrath

      i bet your productivity is at an all time high

      (aka read 4 hour work week, skippy)

  • http://twitter.com/tylergold tyler gold
    • http://twitter.com/john_ecko js

      doesn’t work

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Sosa/635420640 Kevin Sosa

    Available now.  Installing…and done.  It looks as if they pulled your messages tab from the Facebook page right to the app.  Location is on by default.  Will have to see how well it works (Gtalk is my main messenger).

  • Veracity

    Oh, a Facebook app… I hope this one force closes and/or constantly reloads thus making it inoperable. They’ve got to remain consistent in their terrible application builds.

  • Michael Fagan

    It is released! Another IM client to use!

  • Brent Farago

    Depending on how well this is done, it could be a solid competitor to BBM and whatever Apple has coming out with iOS 5.  I’m on board.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

      Google is smart enough to know that people don’t really want apps that people can only use with people on a certain platform… Even Apple does, allowing people to facetime people not on iPhone 4′s I believe.  Seriously, do you know anyone that switched to Lackberry after the rise of Android because of BBM?  Exactly, people want things they can talk to ALL of their friends on, and I don’t want something that’s only Android to Android.

  • Jason Purp

    Another web-embedded app? Sign me up!