Yesterday, Facebook announced and released their new app Facebook Messenger. It is avaliable for iOS (App Store) and on Android (Android Market). This app is free, and is the 2nd mobile app to the Facebook family. However, this new service does look a lot like the “message tab” in the Facebook app for iOS.
First off, Facebook Messenger is designed for the “Message” service on Facebook, which can be used to email and chat to your friends. According to Facebook’s own words, “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.”
Now, I believe this app was set out to challenge the new iMessage service coming out for iOS next month. According to Wikipedia, Facebook has 750 million users as of July 2011, and that’s only in USA. With the amount of people having Apple touch devices and Android, this
is a great way for people to message each other. It pretty much has the same features, such as group chatting. It however does not have the feature to show if the other person is typing a reply. You can only get that on the desktop version of Facebook.
But on the other hand if you have a iPhone or Android Phone with 3G support, this could cut your texting bills down to $0. With the economy on the downturn, you need to save money. This could be a great way, because Facebook doesn’t overcharge you for messaging or chat. Most likely, your friends are one of the 750 million, so this would be a great solution. Plus, you get push notifications for a new chat or email, just like when a text comes in.
So this will be interesting to see how this service will turn out, and how it will compete against eBuddy and Meebo.
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