In a string of app updates that include Drafts, Pocket and others, Facebook Messenger got updated for iOS 7 with two classic changes: the first is the interface which now mimics iOS 7 in theme and style. The second one is the ability to text contacts from your phone that aren’t on your Facebook contacts list.
The interface-level changes were quite expected and so far, there haven’t been any widespread errors downloading or updating the app.
A few days back, we wrote about rampant issues with Facebook’s recent update (6.7.1). While some users are still at the receiving end of that disastrous update, Facebook pushed an update to its less-frequently-used Messenger app. In more ways than one, the Messenger app was quite redundant of the built-in chat function of the Facebook mobile app.
With the update, though, things might change a bit.
The updated Facebook Messenger app brings one extra feature that will mostly be missing in the default app. In Facebook Messenger, you can send messages to your Facebook friends and also send messages to contacts who aren’t even on Facebook. Basically, Facebook Messenger is adding a SMS-over-data feature to the app. May be they’re hoping to catch up on lost users or this is a new acquire-strategy but whatever it is, it’s fancy and might prove to be useful for people who spend a lot of time on Facebook.
The iOS 7-esque redesign is cool and fortunately, there are no lags or bugs accompanying the update.
Facebook Messenger being a standalone app does not require you have the main Facebook app. The Messenger app, however, adds every little feature that the chat (both on the desktop and mobile platforms) function has. You can send photos, check whether people have seen your messages, send voice recordings, stickers and whatnot.
You can also see who’s active right now. The Messenger will also sync information to your Contacts if you let the process happen. Additions to the message screen (like photos, timeline, call, mute) etc. make managing the chat in context very easy and very friendly. Ability to mute individual conversations just like how it’s on Whatsapp make managing chats cooler.
You can download Facebook Messenger from the app store for free.