Facebook Messenger is an instant messaging service and software application which provides text and voice communication. Integrated with Facebook’s web-based Chat feature and built on the open MQTT protocol, Messenger lets Facebook users chat with friends both on mobile and on the main website.
One of the benefits of the app is it allows you to mobile-message people instantly who may be connected to you on Facebook, but whose contact details you might not have otherwise.
Facebook is testing a service that will allow users of its Messenger app to hail Uber rides directly from the app, without leaving a conversation or downloading the ride-hailing app. Uber is the first partner for the Transportation on Messenger service, which will be available to select users in locations where Uber operates in the United States. This service provides a “huge market place” for Uber.
Facebook has been aggressively working to boost the appeal of its messenger service, including making it mandatory last year for users to install a separate app to send and receive messages. Since then, Facebook has steered up the app’s features by allowing users to send and receive money through Messenger.
Facebook is looking at this as a way to make Messenger more attractive.
Facebook has also launched the update for Messenger which will now allow it to work on Apple watch.
The app will allow the users to send voice clips, likes, stickers and more according to the app description. The users Messenger contacts and conversations will now appear directly in iPhone’s native search results. Messenger has been updated to support the iPad’s multitasking features in iOS 9, so the users can keep conversations going while browsing the web. The new version of Messenger is available now in the App Store.
This is another major step for Facebook Messenger as it looks to expand beyond simple messaging. Facebook is looking to bring more capabilities to the Messenger app, like booking flights and concert tickets.
Facebook Messenger is following the footsteps of Asian messaging apps like WeChat, Line, and KakaoTalk, which integrate a bunch of services—from games to e-commerce—to become a vital part of everyday life for mobile users.