Facebook states that, for the next few days, it will be alerting people that if they wish to continue sending out mobile message, they'll need to download the Messenger app.
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" As we've stated, our objective is to focus advancement efforts on making Messenger the very best mobile messaging experience possible and prevent the confusion of having different Facebook mobile messaging experiences," a Facebook spokesperson said Tuesday in a composed statement.
" Messenger is used by more than 200 million individuals every month, and we'll keep working to make it a much more appealing method to get in touch with individuals."
In April, Facebook announced the modification was coming. It has been presented to Android and iOS users in parts of Europe and elsewhere ever since, and is now pertaining to the United States.
In November, after Facebook introduced Messenger 3.0, the business stopped messaging in the core Facebook app for individuals who already had Messenger.
The excellent news for people still utilizing simply the Facebook app is that they'll be able to message pals in much the exact same method they do now. Once both apps are set up, tapping the "message" icon on the Facebook app will just send out the user to Messenger. They'll have the ability to return via a "go back to Facebook" icon.
The popularity of apps like Messenger and WhatsApp, which Facebook acquired in February, are assisting alter the rules for texting. Wireless plans that charge for texting are ending up being a distant memory in the United States, though they stay the standard in places like India, South America and Africa, where WhatsApp has ended up being a popular, nearly complimentary option.