From the start, Facebook Chat was baked into the social network on the desktop or Web, and it worked inside the Web browser, with no separate software required.In 2010, Facebook unified the real-time chat and asynchronous messaging features, so text messages sent via either method could be stored and viewed from the same inbox.Send free one-on-one and group texts to your friends anytime, anywhere!
Any can download the messenger and use it on an Android phone; it's tied to the phone number rather than to a Facebook user name or email address.
Also in December, Facebook released a revamped version of its Poke feature, turning it into a standalone mobile app that lets people send disappearing messages, making it similar to Snapchat.
New features included the ability to see the location of a message sender and to see when people had viewed a message, as Facebook continued to add bells and whistles try to become a more central part of people's communication habits on mobile phones.
In November 2012, Facebook announced a deal with Mozilla's Firefox to make Facebook Messenger integrated directly into the popular Firefox browser so people can use Facebook's live chat feature on desktop computers without having to go to
So they DO count toward any Internet data use allowance the user has, but DON' T consume any of the SMS messaging quota or voice calling minutes.
Depending on the version installed, Facebook Messenger can also switch between SMS text messaging and Facebook messaging, making it versatile and increasing the likelihood of the recipient receiving the message in real time.Kakao Talk (Japan), Line (South Korea) and Nimbuzz (India) are a few popular mobile messaging apps that have been trend-setters. Other big communication platforms and apps that compete, of course, include Black Berry Messenger and Apple's i Message for texting, and Apple's Face Time for video calling. And Microsoft's Skype provides VOIP voice calling and would be a competitor, except Skype partnered with Facebook to help provide video calling on the social network's platform.Other standalone mobile messaging apps catching on in the U. Messaging has been one of the most popular features of Facebook's social network for years, and it's undergone all kinds of name changes and user interface changes as the company poured energy into updating it.Called "Facebook Messenger for Windows," it's basically the same thing as the mobile messenger redesigned for desktop computers running Windows.Yes, it's confusing, but the idea was that some people might want a standalone messenger while they're computing on the desktop, and without this app, they'd have to have the Facebook website open in a tab of their Web browser in order to use Facebook's messaging capability.In December 2012, Facebook signaled what would become a major push of its messaging apps into the Android operating system by releasing yet another version of its Messenger app.This version of Facebook Messenger for Android phones marked its sharpest separation from the social network that gave birth to the messaging app: The app does not require an account with Facebook.Poke never really caught on and Facebook eventually stopped promoting it.In early 2013, Facebook added free voice calling to its mobile messaging app, first on the i Phone version and then on the Android version, though it did not roll out in all countries for the Android right away.The mobile Facebook Messenger app puts that function front and center on their phones, without other distracting features like Facebook's news feed or ticker.Facebook's regular mobile app had built-in instant messaging capability for a long time, but in 2014 Facebook announced it was phasing out that messaging capability and requiring users to download Facebook Messenger if they wanted to do mobile instant messaging.