Facebook launches Messenger for iPhone and Android

Facebook's revamped messaging system today received a new boost in functionality with a separate mobile app. Messenger is available for iPhone and Android, and makes use of the device's location and camera features to enable users to share additional data with each other. The app's main goal is to simplify mobile messaging by bringing together multiple methods into one single interface.

Messenger brings together Facebook friends and text messaging contacts from your address book into one list. Messages get sent to both Facebook and mobile phones, with the idea that people will be able to see the message much quicker. Multiple people can be added into a single conversation, and if participants approve it, the members of a chat can all be plotted on a map. Potentially, the group chat map will solve the issue of trying to arrange an outing by giving the user an immediate overview of where everyone currently is.

Members of a chat can also share photos with each other. The example given by Facebook is a friend telling everyone in a group chat that he is at the aquarium by sending a photo of one of the dolphins to everyone present. Photo sharing is nothing new to Facebook, but being able to share photos in a much faster way is sure to resonate with fans.

Facebook Messenger can be downloaded here. Currently, the app is only available in the US and Canada.

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The market page opens but on clicking 'install' I get the message: "This item cannot be installed in your device's country".

I installed the apk from the link you provided. it installs fine. But when I try to send a message to an India number I get a error message saying not available for this country/ region (or words to that effect, dont remember the exact message).

Never mind. FB will expand this service to other regions gradually. Thanks for the apk link.

paraman said,

The market page opens but on clicking 'install' I get the message: "This item cannot be installed in your device's country".

I installed the apk from the link you provided. it installs fine. But when I try to send a message to an India number I get a error message saying not available for this country/ region (or words to that effect, dont remember the exact message).

Never mind. FB will expand this service to other regions gradually. Thanks for the apk link.


Doesnt happen to me and Im not in any of the supported countries.

bluefisch200 said,
For what? Facebook chat is in the Facebook app itself...also i don't need this...WhatsApp all the way...

Yes; however, this app allows for easy access to messaging (as well as added functionality). Aside from Facebook Places, I don't think you can see the location of your friends. The group location feature makes it easy to see where your friends are.

bluefisch200 said,
For what? Facebook chat is in the Facebook app itself...also i don't need this...WhatsApp all the way...

It is trying to get some of the group and 'ongoing' conversation functionality to iPhone and Android users, as it is important to facebook with 'circles' sounding more magical than groups.

Also this is inherent functionality in WP7, so it brings the facebook side of the concept to the iPhone and Android.

Steelyuhas said,

When Mango drops, this functionality is already built into the messaging of the OS itself.


That's pretty nifty but will it offer group chat?

Anaron said,

That's pretty nifty but will it offer group chat?

What part of 'the functionality is already built into' does not make sense?

WP7's Mango update supports groups inherently, not only facebook, but even your own Live groups or ones you create as a group of your contacts that can be people on facebook, messenger, sms, and other services, and it will send the message as the person is 'best' able to receive it at the time.

thenetavenger said,

What part of 'the functionality is already built into' does not make sense?

WP7's Mango update supports groups inherently, not only facebook, but even your own Live groups or ones you create as a group of your contacts that can be people on facebook, messenger, sms, and other services, and it will send the message as the person is 'best' able to receive it at the time.


Actually, it was "this functionality is already built into..." Also, "this" made it sound vague. I don't use Windows Phone 7 so I don't know the extent of Facebook integration. Will it allow you to see where your friends are on a map?

bjoswald said,
Because nobody has a Blackberry anymore. Didn't you hear? It's all about Android and iOS now.

Based on what? And no, I didn't hear that.

Anaron said,

Based on what? And no, I didn't hear that.

Sadly they're still pretty popular here. Although Android and iOS are better platforms

bjoswald said,
Because nobody has a Blackberry anymore. Didn't you hear? It's all about Android and iOS now.

not here at least...

revanmj said,
It's in the Android Market and App Store, but it says to me, that's this app is available only in US ...
I've got it on Android in Canada.

Except it's not out just yet "Messenger will be available soon. Please check back later." is all that's on the website at the moment.

neo158 said,
Except it's not out just yet "Messenger will be available soon. Please check back later." is all that's on the website at the moment.
I have it on both iOS and Android. In Canada, though.

Make it a BlackBerry app and I'm sold.

Not because I use a BlackBerry, but because everyone else I know seems to.

Simon said,
Make it a BlackBerry app and I'm sold.

Not because I use a BlackBerry, but because everyone else I know seems to.

You seem to know a lot of women

JTaylor69 said,
I wonder if this will help fuel the UK Riots too?

Not currently available for UK users though! - Just US & Canada right now