Facebook Messenger started in 2011; however, it was not until 2014 that this app reached the Windows Phone platform.
The idea behind coming up with Messenger was to make the use of Facebook easier than before. The application is now compatible with a number of mobile platforms including the major ones, Android, iOS and Windows Phone. This is one thing that has contributed to the current more than 700 million users that the app already has. Another thing that is behind this huge number is the fact that all the app requires is for you to be a Facebook user and as you all know, Facebook has more than 1.3 billion users.
Facebook Messenger can be termed as a one-stop shop for all your communication needs. You can use it to share photos, videos, texts as well as make free calls, both voice and video. The app gained even more users when it launched the voice and video calling services, all of which are available at zero costs.
However, you must have an internet connection, be it Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G. Connecting on 2G networks can be a little tricky, but at least you can still message on such poor networks.
Why the latest version of Messenger is a must have for all users
The latest version of Facebook Messenger is a must have for all the users of this app. It’s not just about the new features that the app comes with; however, it has more to do with the ease of use the app offers. Furthermore, Messenger comes with a very clean and uncluttered UI, presenting everything in an organized manner and thus makes everything as far as using it is concerned, extremely easy.
In fact, the Messenger interface is almost similar to what you see in the chat section of the desktop client. However, the phone app is equipped with more features than what the chat section of the PC client offers. You will never miss messages on this app as it comes with push notifications that ensure every alert is delivered immediately you reconnect to the internet. You can change these settings and many others by tapping on the cog icon.
Stiff competition from WhatsApp, Viber and LINE
Facebook Messenger is not the only app providing its users with instant messaging services. In fact, it is just one among the many apps that do so. Some of the major competing ones are WhatsApp, which is also owned by Facebook. This messenger has over 800 million users, but it lacks all the features that Messenger has. However, since they are both owned by one company, it is likely that we’ll see lots of the features available on Messenger being rolled out to the WhatsApp users as well over time.
Other players like LINE and Viber are equipped with better services that can really shake Facebook Messenger. However, the Facebook app has a better chance of survival thanks to the fact that its father is already the leading social networking network with a user base of over 1.3 billion, all of whom are eligible to join and use the Messenger platform.
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