Facebook Messenger app for Android added the ability to use Messenger without a Facebook account by simply using a name and phone number. These changes are intended to allow Facebook Messenger to compete against similar mobile messaging platforms such as WhatsApp as an alternative to text messaging. Later updates added the ability to use Facebook Messenger as a replacement text messaging client on Android, and added “Chat Heads”, an overlay chat system originating from Facebook Home
While Facebook for Android is the one-stop place to control a Facebook account, sometimes users just want to just talk directly with their friends without working through the whole app. Facebook introduced their standalone Facebook Messenger app that focuses on contacting your friends directly.
Reach friends right on their phones
Now you can send messages directly to your friends on their mobile phones, so you stay in touch no matter where you go. Message friends or anyone in your mobile contacts.
Get and send messages fast
With the new standalone Messenger app, now messaging with friends is faster than ever. Messages are delivered instantly, and they’re always just a click away.
Make plans with groups on the go
Group conversations make it easy to message everyone at once and see where your friends are. Don’t want to share your location? Turn it off with one click.
More of the same
The update to include Chat Heads does not add any different functionality to the app. The inclusion of Chat Heads makes it easier to communicate with Facebook and SMS contacts, but the majority of the app is the same.
Chat Heads is great because the notifications will sit above any running app. If you used Facebook Messenger before, the only noticeable difference is Chat Heads.
Worthwhile to replace the standard SMS app
Facebook Messenger does a great job in allowing you to communicate with friends on Facebook along with using the app as the primary SMS app.
Chat Heads adds a great new function by making notifications more transparent. If you communicate with friends through Facebook a lot, the app is worth downloading so you do not have to open the full Facebook app. Connecting your SMS contacts also makes Facebook Messenger also increases the usability.
THE GOOD FACTOR : With the addition of Chat Heads, Facebook Messenger makes it even easier to chat with Facebook contacts, even outside of the app. It can also act as the primary interface for your text messages as well (if you let it).
THE BAD ONE : No voice or video calling. No switching between SMS and Facebook chat in the middle of a conversation. And no search function.
AND THE BOTTOM LINE : It may not perfectly integrate SMS just yet, but Facebook Messenger is still the best way to chat with Facebook friends from your Android device.
Whats New in Facebook Messenger 2.7.1 :
– Some stickers are now animated in messages
—see Pusheen, Beast and Anooki wave, dance and wiggle! (Android 4.0.2 and higher)
– Plus, the app is available in more languages: Croatian, Hungarian, Slovakian and Traditional Chinese- Bug fixes for reliability
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