Facebook has a brand new messaging app called ‘Messenger Kids.’ As its name implies, the client has been designed with kids as the primary audience. The application just made its way to Apple’s App Store on iOS, but will soon release on Android.
Facebook Messenger has received a steady stream of updates over the past few months. If features like ‘Instant Video’ and mobile games haven’t convinced you to spend more time using the app then maybe a shiny new native camera with art and 3D special effects might just do the trick.
Facebook Messenger now lets you launch and play mobile games with your friends right in your conversations. The latest feature known as ‘Instant Games’ began to roll out on Tuesday and allows users to challenge friends in top titles such like Pac-Man, Galaga, Space Invaders, Track & Field, Words With Friends, and several other competitive score-based games. All games can be launched directly from Messenger without having to download or install them first.
Google’s plain Messenger app, not Allo, nor Hangouts, now supports RCS or Rich Communications Services messaging. In a new partnership with U.S. carrier Sprint, Android users with this app will get an enhanced messaging experience.
Facebook has become the king of social media over the years with over a billion users. As the company’s dominance has increased many users have turned to Facebook Messenger as their IM client of choice. However, many users live in developing countries and use low-end or older Android devices with low bandwidth connections to access the service. This can lead to a less than optimal experience on these devices.
Facebook has added a feature known as ‘Instant Video’ to its Messenger app, which allows users to view and share a video feed during a chat session. Although Messenger already has a video calling feature, Instant Video is designed for quicker access to video sharing during a text conversation as opposed to dialing a number for a longer video session.
Facebook Messenger has now reached over 1 billion people. Facebook reported just minutes ago that its popular Messenger app surpassed 1 billion monthly active users worldwide. This is quite an achievement, one that companies can rarely celebrate due to the hardness in achieving it.