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Android and iPhone users will no longer send messages via Facebook. Instead, they will have to download the standal...
Android and iPhone users will no longer send messages via Facebook. Instead, they will have to download the standalone app Messenger if they want to continue chatting with their friends. While Facebook users will have to shift its messaging feature to another mobile app, Windows Phone, Paper, iPad, and desktop users can still use Messenger as usual.
Facebook rolled out the Messenger switch in Europe a few months ago, and since it saw great engagement, the social network decided to apply the same decision globally. Facebook told TechCrunch that users would reply 20% faster on Messenger, and both Facebook and Messenger would become better apps if there aren’t multiple versions of mobile chat.
Originally, to chat on Facebook, mobile users would use the smartphones' apps and converse using the Messages tab. Now, to download Messenger, the Messages tab opens a notification that asks users to move to the Messenger app. If iPhone and Android users don't switch to Messenger, Facebook chat will stop working eventually.
Messenger is seen as a simpler and quicker way to chat. For the experience to be more fun, Facebook has also added a recorded video sharing with which users can take selfies and send them with a tap. The social network reckons more photos, audio clips, and stickers are sent using Messenger, creating an even better messaging experience.
With 200 million users sending 12 billion messages a day, according to TechCrunch, Facebook wants to set up a separate app, and not develop a code for an app within an app.
The change is inevitable, but not all users will be happy with Facebook's decision. On one hand, the social media giant wants to provide a better user experience for its users, but on the other hand, users will clutter their interface with another app, which is frustrating.