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Facebook Messenger’s chat heads switch to Android 11’s bubble notifications API

Google introduced the new Bubbles API with Android 10 Beta 2 back in April last year. The API was initially offered as an opt-in feature for developers, with Google urging them to test the API in their apps so that the supported apps were ready when the feature finally rolled out in a future Android...

WhatsApp adds a shortcut to Facebook Messenger Rooms for video calls

Facebook has started rolling out yet another messaging service: Facebook Messenger Rooms. The premise of Messenger Rooms is simple: Many of us are under stay-at-home orders so meetings, be it work or social, need to go virtual. Most people jumped onto platforms like Zoom, so Facebook wants a piece of this pie which is why...

Facebook Messenger Kids expands to over 70 new countries

Towards the end of 2017, Facebook introduced a new chat app aimed at kids called Messenger Kids. The new parent-approved app was essentially a kid-friendly version of its popular Messenger app which was designed to help children safely message friends and family members. The service was initially launched in the US and it soon made...

Facebook releases a Messenger desktop app for Windows and macOS

Now, perhaps more than ever in human history, people are relying on technology to communicate. The internet is making it possible for people to work, see their loved ones, and attend virtual events while staying at home. There are a plethora of options when it comes to online communication, but Facebook Messenger is one of...

You can no longer use a phone number to sign up for Facebook Messenger

In a bid to bring more users to the platform, Facebook has now removed support for phone number logins on Facebook Messenger. According to a recent report from VentureBeat, the company now requires users to create a Facebook account in order to use Messenger. In an email to the publication, a Facebook spokesperson wrote, "If...

[Update: In Beta] Facebook tests a screen sharing feature in its Messenger app

Facebook Messenger has been the standalone app for chatting on Facebook's primary social media platform, so much so that even the primary Facebook for Android app does not even let you converse with people privately without redirecting you to install Messenger. Messenger has its own merits and demerits, but Facebook is constantly exploring new ways...

Facebook Pay is a new payment system for WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook

Facebook's plan to assert greater control over its company's sprawling divisions is no secret, as was first reported back when talks of unification of the messaging infrastructure of WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger first emerged. The company then went on to make its branding very prominent within these services, to really remind users of the...

Facebook paid third parties to transcribe users’ voice messages

The latest news that shocks us - then makes us stop and wonder why we were shocked in the first place - comes in the form of allegations that Facebook has been spying on users' voice messages. The allegations say that the social media giant paid third-party contractors to transcribe audio clips taken from Facebook...

[Update: Huawei’s casual response] Facebook apps will no longer be pre-installed on Huawei phones

The U.S. government's ban has been very damaging to Huawei. Since the executive order by the Trump administration prohibits companies in the U.S. from supplying anything to buying anything from the Chinese company, many software and hardware giants, as well as telecom operators, have been forced to cut ties with the company. Arguably, the biggest...

The Facebook app is getting a new design while Messenger will get a desktop app

Facebook apps may not be the most popular in terms of likability, but they are used by millions of people every day. The company's Android apps have been criticized for being poorly optimized and bloated in the past. Thankfully, Facebook Messenger recently received a big update and the company isn't done yet. During Facebook's annual F8...

[Update: Rolling out globally] Facebook Messenger’s Dark Mode can be enabled by sending a 🌙 moon emoji

Facebook Messenger is one of the most popular IM apps, working off the main social media platform to allow connected users to conveniently message each other. While other IM platforms exist, including Facebook's own super popular WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger has its own draws because of its tight integration with Facebook which allows the internet giant...

Facebook may bring back Messenger chat support in the main app

Instant messaging was an unwavering part of the initial Facebook experience. But with the rise in the popularity of smartphones, Facebook started recommending users to install Facebook Messenger for a smoother and more winsome experience. With certain updates, it even took the liberty of installing Facebook Messenger on Android phones without seeking any permission from...