Facebook messenger Android

While the cool kids are off doing their group huddles on Google+, Facebook keeps plugging away, and a new dedicated group messing app apparently is in the works. Hardly a surprise, given that Facebook bought Beluga earlier this year. And judging from Facbeook's placeholder page for the mobile messenger, it's pretty much the same thing. Simple, easy to use group messaging.

So let's see. One app for IM. One app for Facebook. Another for Google+ huddles. Text messages. E-mail. That about cover it? 

Download links are after the break.

Source: Facebook, Facebook blog; Thanks, Milad!

 
There are 33 comments

HondaCop says:

FIRST POST! *giggling*

I think it's awesome Android is getting it's own FB app. +1

gordol says:

Read it again. There has been a FB app for Android for a long time. This is a FB /chat/ app.

McPlot says:

I use IMO which connects to facebook, Google chat, my space, yahoo, and all, the Skype, and msn, etc. Nice program. I would use it over a facebook only app

sremick says:

imo stopped connecting to Facebook months ago. Some common bug... the comments for the app are full of people complaining. I even emailed them directly several times about it with no response... so I decided to ditch imo for Trillian. I sort of like imo better interface-wise, but Trillian works (and gets updates) until the imo team decides to fix their app (which it seems they've abandoned).

sunyata says:

Huddle FTW!!!

arundc says:

Being connected is good but this is freggin ridiculous... One super app would be nice.

AndyCouch says:

Don't forget this is also in addition to SMS alternative apps, such as my personal favorite, Kik!

technomom says:

A complete waste of bits.

Do not want.

PHADE says:

So true, the only reason I'm keeping this app is because I already uninstalled the Official Facebook App and I can move this to my SD Card!

It's actually availabe in the Market, as I have it downloaded on my phone (HTC EVO 4G, running CyanogenMod).

This is the Android Market link:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.facebook.orca

And the iPhone App link, for those of you who have family and friends who don't know any better ;)

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/facebook-messenger/id454638411?mt=8

chrisains says:

What's the bet that it only works on Gingerbread, so Xperia X10 users like my, stuck with good old out of date Android 2.1 cant get it?!?

Directly from the Android Market link: REQUIRES ANDROID:
2.2 and up

Sorry.

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.facebook.orca

Cares says:

And what's wrong with integrating it into the already existing app? I don't want to clutter my phone with extra apps!

sremick says:

Because the main app is a slow, cumbersome, bloated lagging beast from hell? That constantly disconnects from IM?

I won't be using this either, though. I already use a multi-client IM app that connects (and STAYS connected) to FB and everything else.

coraphise says:

Considering the facebook app previously hasn't done well for chat or messaging... what makes this different?

I agree with previous posters. Do not want / I don't want another app on my phone

Vagrant_1 says:

Agreed don't want another app. Don't see why they just don't fix and add this to the fb application.

Dark_Blu says:

More Facebook? God help us all. I'm just getting round to Google + and liking it so far but sooner or later, we'll all start drowning in a bunch of pointless news feeds....

Milad6923 says:

This is the exact UI the original Facebook app should have , I wish the Facebook app was as polished and smooth as
this messenger app!!!

Doesn't seem to be working in the UK

wryun says:

Is *anything* working in the UK right now?! LOL

LOL! Nope!

turg says:

What is this, 2006? Nobody uses facebook anymore.

wryun says:

Why do we need a separate app to do what the Facebook app already does??? This app is pointless, IMO.

baltien says:

Good. Now how about making the official Facebook app suck less for Android? And if you're feeling really ambitious, selective posting (to certain groups) would be nice too.

Facebook is definitely worried about Google +.

ren0vat0r says:

after having used it once i can safely say that it's got enough features to stand alone as a separate app.

and in terms of functionality, FBM is way closer to BBM than Huddle is. all my friends who're using huddle that have never used BBM before are like "wow this is the greatest thing ever! its like BBM but better because its google!" Huddle is just a basic chat room compared to this.

i think the reason why FBM is a separate app is because they're trying to compete with the likes of Kik, LiveProfile, BBM, and to a lesser extent, Trillian.

kaufmansm says:

i dont see a reason for another app. It should be intergrated into FB app. I already deleated it.

xploPR says:

....

callofduty4 says:

Can somebody tell me how to make it so i dont get spammed with messages on my phone, when im talking to someone via chat on my computer. I dont need to get the notifications twice. Any way for facebook to realize im signed in on two places.

CaCHooKaMan says:

What is the point of this since you can't even see who is online? Just fix the chat that's already included in the actual Facebook app instead of wasting time with a stand alone version.

iynfynity says:

What the heck is wrong with facebook?

First they made the sidebar on the web makes you see friends who are offline then this? A chat that won't let you know who's online? What's next?

luv u

love