Facebook states that, for the next couple of days, it will be informing people that if they desire to continue sending mobile message, they'll need to download the Messenger app.
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" As we have actually said, our goal is to focus development efforts on making Messenger the very best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences," a Facebook spokeswoman stated Tuesday in a composed declaration.
" Messenger is used by more than 200 million people every month, and we'll keep working to make it an even more engaging way to get in touch with people."
In April, Facebook announced the change was coming. It has actually been presented to Android and iOS users in parts of Europe and elsewhere ever since, and is now concerning the United States.
In November, after Facebook launched Messenger 3.0, the company ceased messaging in the core Facebook app for individuals who already had Messenger.
The bright side for people still utilizing simply the Facebook app is that they'll be able to message buddies in similar way they do now. Once both apps are set up, tapping the "message" icon on the Facebook app will merely send the user to Messenger. They'll have the ability to return by means of a "return to Facebook" icon.
The appeal of apps like Messenger and WhatsApp, which Facebook acquired in February, are assisting alter the guidelines for texting. Wireless plans that charge for texting are ending up being a thing of the past in the United States, though they stay the norm in places like India, South America and Africa, where WhatsApp has ended up being a popular, nearly complimentary alternative.