Facebook Messenger Gets Video Calling

Video calling is now a part of Facebook Messenger, the social giant announced this morning. Available on both Android and iOS today in Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the UK, the US and Uruguay, you can call someone via video with the touch of a video icon at the top of your conversations.

Once you have the latest update, which again, should be out today, you should see a video icon at the top of your individual conversations that lets you know if the person on the other end is ready to take a call. Calls can also be made between Android and iOS devices.  (more…)

More GIFs Please: Facebook Intros Entire App Store Just for Messenger

Facebook is going all-in on Messenger. Today at its F8 developer conference, the company introduced an entire platform for developers to create standalone applications that integrate with Messenger.

Created to help people enhance their Messenger experience with images, GIFs, and videos, developers will upload these apps to a dedicated Messenger store. From there, users will be able to install these additional “experience enhancing” applications, then enjoy them with friends.  (more…)

Facebook Introduces Payments in Messenger, Available in “Coming Months”

Facebook introduced a new feature for Messenger users this morning – the ability for you to pay friends directly through the messaging service. Say your friend needs you to pay him/her back for the lunch they bought you yesterday. Once the service is available, you can link up a Visa or MasterCard to your account and quickly pay them back.  (more…)

Facebook Messenger Updated to Version 5.0, Brings New Multimedia Features

If you are big into chatting with your friends over an instant messaging service, but prefer the non-textual aspect of things, this new Facebook Messenger update will please you. The update to version 5.0 of the app includes a new selfie mode built right in, video upload support, and much more.

First and foremost, sharing “photos, voice messages, and more” has been made simpler by the Facebook team in the new update. You can also now send videos straight from the gallery on Android 4.3 and above, and play it them without moving to another app.  (more…)

Updated Facebook Messenger With Refreshed UI Now Available to More Users

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Back in October, Facebook launched an updated and sexified version of its Messenger app. The update was only available for a small amount of test users, and even for some that did get the update, it was later updated yet again to remove the improvements. It was a sneaky and upsetting move to users, but Facebook was clearly looking out for its users’ best interests.  (more…)