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Facebook Tests Messenger Version for Android

Nov 03, 2013 12:38 PM EST

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Facebook recently announced the testing of a“faster, reliable and lightweight” Facebook Messenger version for Android. With the new version, Facebook Messenger will bring Android users its same functionalities.

“For the mobile-to-mobile experience, it’s important that we’re fast, reliable and dependable,” Facebook product manager Peter Martinazzi stated in a recent interview.

Android users will be able to message both Facebook friends and non-Facebook friends. The new features for Android proposed a future update that will connect users even more through using Facebook and mobile devices.

The mobile to mobile Android version will use the Facebook app, which includes the Messenger icon. Facebook is testing the New Messenger Experience next to the person’s name. When the user sees the friend's name on the Messenger icon, it indicates that friend is also active on Facebook Messenger app followed by a user notification. Friends who are on messenger will be indicated by a blue messenger badge. Friends who are on chat will be on a separate Active tab. Notification setting are also available and can be adjusted.

Facebook Messenger for Android

Facebook Messenger for Android app offers a tabbed user interface. Users can use swipe movement to scroll left and right. Messaging and setting can also be viewed. Avatars with Chat Heads are also included with Facebook Home for select Android devices. The new user interface is more convenient and simple navigation.

Mobile Messaging

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Facebook stated it will be testing this new experience with a limited number of people using Messenger for Android. We are all eager to see how the outcome will turn out with the application’s potential to be offered to all Android users and platforms. SMS messages will also be removed with the new update. Facebook Messenger launched last December. The Messenger was available to Android users in South Africa, Indonesia, Australia, India and Venezuela. Messages had been delivered via the Facebook recipients messages inbox without mobile installation.

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Facebook Messenger Version for Android can be found at the Google Play Store.

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