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Facebook promises to declutter Messenger app in 2018

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Facebook caught some heat for pushing people to use the Messenger app a few years back, but that may actually have been a kindness. Messenger was a much better app than the main Facebook client. Although, over time Messenger has become rather bloated and clunky in its own right. The head of Messenger now admits the app is too cluttered, and changes are on the way.

Facebook's plans for Messenger in the coming year are detailed in a new post by Messenger chief David Marcus.

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Facebook promises to declutter Messenger app in 2018 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Hands-on] Facebook Messenger Kids comes to Amazon’s Fire tablets

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

Facebook has released its new Messenger Kids app to the Amazon App Store, making the service available to owners of its Fire line of tablets. So I grabbed one of the Fire 7 tablets we have for our kids and installed the app to see what it was all about, and just how well it works on Amazon's lowest-end hardware.

Because here's the thing: These tablets are slow. Really, really slow.

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[Hands-on] Facebook Messenger Kids comes to Amazon's Fire tablets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook’s Messenger Lite app hits the 100 million installs milestone

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Many who've used Facebook's main or messaging apps over the years will be acutely aware of how resource and data-hungry they can be. Messenger Lite was a welcome addition when it was released on the Play Store back in October 2016, as it promised to solve both of those issues. The only problem at the time was that it was only launched in emerging markets.

Facebook expanded the app's reach to most of the globe, before eventually giving in and releasing it in the US and UK just a couple of months ago.

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Facebook's Messenger Lite app hits the 100 million installs milestone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook Messenger payments are now available in the UK and France

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Facebook Messenger users in the United States have been able to send money to each other from within the app for quite some time, and that same functionality is now finally making its way to other territories. If you're lucky enough to live in the UK or France, the Send Money feature should be available to you soon, rolling out over the next few weeks.

It's unclear why it's taken the Facebook Messenger team more than two years to launch these P2P payments outside the US, but at least they're here now.

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Facebook Messenger payments are now available in the UK and France was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook releases Halloween effects and mini-game for Facebook and Messenger apps

Friday, October 27th, 2017

More than carving pumpkins or gobbling down candy or dressing up in costumes, Halloween is a great excuse to set free your inner dad and go all out on bad puns and cheesy jokes. Facebook is obviously no stranger to a well-placed corny joke, so it's announcing a bunch of "spook-tacular" new effects for the Facebook and Messenger apps that'll help users get into the Halloween spirit.

In the camera on both apps, you'll be able to add effects when taking a photo, including Halloween-themed masks, stickers, and frames directly from the camera.

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Facebook releases Halloween effects and mini-game for Facebook and Messenger apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: APK Download] First look at WhatsApp Business: Android app, landline number registration, and multiple accounts options

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Although we've been hearing about WhatsApp Business forever, the service was officially announced one month ago and if you paid close attention to the FAQ page, you would have seen a survey where you could sign up to test WhatsApp Business.

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[Update: APK Download] First look at WhatsApp Business: Android app, landline number registration, and multiple accounts options was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

First look at WhatsApp Business: Android app, landline number registration, and multiple accounts options

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Although we've been hearing about WhatsApp Business forever, the service was officially announced one month ago and if you paid close attention to the FAQ page, you would have seen a survey where you could sign up to test WhatsApp Business. I totally missed that, but reader Hüseyin Filiz applied and thanks to him, we have our first look at WhatsApp Business.

The service is still in testing, so WhatsApp is asking for feedback from early testers regarding account setup, data migration from their existing WhatsApp app, automatic responses, and analytics.

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First look at WhatsApp Business: Android app, landline number registration, and multiple accounts options was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook launches the data-sipping Messenger Lite in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, and Canada

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

To call the Facebook suite of apps a bloated mess would be an understatement, most especially the ever-growing Messenger — I think I've used it once, after which I uninstalled it. However, in a surprising turn of events, Facebook has launched the "lite" version of the app in North America, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. 

Rarely do we see this sort of thing in the developed world, since applications that are slimmed down to consume less bandwidth are targeted for developing countries and regions.

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Facebook launches the data-sipping Messenger Lite in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, and Canada was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

IFTTT adds applets for Facebook Messenger

Friday, September 15th, 2017

IFTTT is a powerful automation tool that can link together many of the popular services we all use every day. The possibilities are almost endless with a bit of imagination. The platform has had a bunch of Facebook applets for some time, but the same couldn't be said for Facebook Messenger, until now.

There's certainly an audience out there for Messenger related applets, as this Reddit post proves. A Facebook Messenger page on the IFTTT site has now been put together that offers exactly that.

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IFTTT adds applets for Facebook Messenger was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Messages v2.3 update that adds ‘Mark as Read’ button in notifications is now available for all [APK Download]

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Android Messages v2.3 was introduced with Android O Developer Preview 3 back in June, and it brought a small yet powerful thing: a 'Mark as read' button in notifications. This was something that many people were glad to see, but it was only available in DP3. Now, Android Messages v2.3 has rolled out to all devices, meaning that all of you can now experience what a wonderful feature this is.

Sometimes you just want a text message that you've received to be marked as read without having to open it.

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Android Messages v2.3 update that adds 'Mark as Read' button in notifications is now available for all [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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