Facebook launches instant messaging mobile App

Facebook has launched a instant messaging mobile app for smart phones to allow users to message on the go in what they claim is a "simpler and faster" way to communicate.

The app, called Facebook Messenger launched yesterday in the US. It integrates Facebook service Messages and aggregates a user’s chat, email and texts into a single, continuous thread. This enables users to send messages to friends or contacts in their phonebook in either a text or notification form while photos and locations can also be added to messages.

Unlike Blackberry Messenger and Apple iMessage, the new app will be compatible with Google Android platforms and Apple’s iOS, however, a date for UK launch has yet to be announced.

Writing on the social media site's blog yesterday, Facebook engineer Lucy Zhang said: "More and more of us rely on our phones to send and receive messages. But it isn't always easy to know the best way to reach someone on their phone. We think messaging should be easier than that. You should be able to write a message, click 'Send' and know that you will reach the person right away."

The new app is not enabled for video chat, instead Facebook are launching a partnership with Skype which aims to address this.

 

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