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    Facebook Messenger

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    • Vendor: Facebook
    • Version: Varies with device
    • Price: Free

    Facebook Messenger is the stand-alone app used by mobile devices for chatting with friends on Facebook. It was first published as an optional app, but Facebook in mid-2014 made it mandatory for using its chat service on phones and tablets — no more chatting from within the Facebook proper app.

    The Facebook Messenger app has been hit with a bit of misguided criticism over the permissions it requires, starting with a poorly written Huffington Post article in December 2013. That outdated (and not so good in the first place) story gained traction as the Messenger app became mandatory. But as Android Central showed in its detailed look at the permissions, it's not doing anything that you wouldn't expect from a chat client. Apps such as Google Hangouts share many of the same permissions.

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    Facebook Messenger

    Facebook announces payment services through Messenger

    Facebook has announced a new feature for its Messenger app that will allow users to send and receive money from their friends. While the code for the payments feature was first discovered in October, today is the day that Facebook decided to turn the switch on the service. People who want to...
    Facebook Messenger

    Facebook successfully makes over a half-billion people download Messenger app

    Over 500 million people have now downloaded the standalone Facebook Messenger app since it was first made available in 2011, and it's likely that it has seen a surge in users since Facebook removed the messenging features from its main app several months ago. The company didn't offer a...
    Pushbullet

    Pushbullet now offers desktop replies for Whatsapp, Hangouts, and more

    The Pushbullet notification synchronization tool now lets users compose and send replies via five different messaging apps. Those apps would be WhatsApp, Telegram, Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, and Line. Pushbullet picked up text message reply support several months ago. Four of those...
    Messenger Platform lets developers hook their apps into Facebook Messenger

    Messenger Platform lets developers hook their apps into Facebook Messenger

    Facebook has announced Messenger Platform for developers at their F8 developers conference. The platform allows developers to tie their apps into Facebook Messenger. While using Facebook Messenger, users will be able to find new apps to use with the service by tapping the three dots in the...

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    Messenger Platform lets developers hook their apps into Facebook Messenger

    Messenger Platform lets developers hook their apps into Facebook Messenger

    Facebook has announced Messenger Platform for developers at their F8 developers conference. The platform allows developers to tie their apps into Facebook Messenger. While using Facebook Messenger, users will be able to find new apps to use with the service by tapping the three dots in the...
    Facebook Messenger

    Facebook announces payment services through Messenger

    Facebook has announced a new feature for its Messenger app that will allow users to send and receive money from their friends. While the code for the payments feature was first discovered in October, today is the day that Facebook decided to turn the switch on the service. People who want to...
    Pushbullet

    Pushbullet now offers desktop replies for Whatsapp, Hangouts, and more

    The Pushbullet notification synchronization tool now lets users compose and send replies via five different messaging apps. Those apps would be WhatsApp, Telegram, Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, and Line. Pushbullet picked up text message reply support several months ago. Four of those...
    Facebook begins testing sound clip transcription in Messenger

    Facebook begins testing sound clip transcription in Messenger

    Facebook's David Marcus took to his, well, Facebook page today to detail a new voice transcription feature that the company is testing for Facebook Messenger. The feature will take any sound clip that you send or receive and transcribe its contents in text below the voice clip itself. Marcus...
    Facebook will now let you put stickers on any photo

    Facebook's new Stickered for Messenger will let you slap stickers onto any photo

    If you've not had enough of stickers inside Facebook Messenger, get ready for stickers on your photos. Facebook's Stickered for Messenger does just that — it lets you place stickers on photos and send them via Messenger. Not only can you slap on whatever sticker you like, you also will get to use...
    Facebook Messenger

    Facebook successfully makes over a half-billion people download Messenger app

    Over 500 million people have now downloaded the standalone Facebook Messenger app since it was first made available in 2011, and it's likely that it has seen a surge in users since Facebook removed the messenging features from its main app several months ago. The company didn't offer a...
    Facebook Messenger and Google Hangouts

    Facebook Messenger vs. Google Hangouts: A side-by-side look at permissions

    We put Facebook's much-maligned messaging app permissions up against Google's Hangouts app Not to belabor the point — because I think most everyone who read our takedown of all the FUD and confusion surrounding the ill-informed stories about Facebook Messenger got it — but here's an interesting...
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    This week's sidebar poll: Did you uninstall the Facebook Messenger app?

    Permissions can be scary Facebook had a pretty rough week. If you weren't paying attention, the Huffington Post used Facebook Messenger for Android as an example of an app with some crazy-scary permissions back in December of last year (that post has been updated, by the by) and it got picked up...
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    Facebook finally puts up a page explaining Messenger permissions

    Fear over the app's features was unfounded in the first place Now that folks have freaked the eff out over the permissions declared in the Facebook Messenger app, Facebook finally has added a page to its help section explaining what's going on, and why the app uses the permissions that it does....
    How to keep Facebook Messenger from sharing your location

    How to keep Facebook Messenger from sharing your location

    Keeping your location a secret in Facebook Messenger is easy to do, but you still have to do it We've explained how Facebook Messenger isn't anywhere near as evil as a recent spate of ill-informed stories would have you believe, but that doesn't mean there aren't features you can't take control...

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    I have a Samsung Galaxy Note running Android 4.1.2 and the latest Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps. In Facebook, I click on the Message icon at the top, which, as expected, brings up the list of people with whom I have recently exchanged messages. Next, if I click on one of them, I expect to see the dialog I recently had with that person. But as likely as not, after the name briefly highlights, NOTHING else happens at all. The list of names remains on the screen, and I cannot select any of them or do anything else with that screen until I hit the Android "Back" icon in the lower-left corner of my screen, which takes me back to the "live" list of names. I can select any of them, but no matter which one I choose, it does the same thing: highlights briefly and then locks up the screen until I hit the Android "Back" icon again.

    I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling Facebook Messenger, to no avail.

    Any other suggestions?

    - Rich

    Hi i have a samsung galaxy 3 10 in tab....my problem with messenger is that i cannot succeed in sending a voice message as well as a camera pic.when i click on either icon the screen does a 90 degree flip and then returns.it wasn't always this way and i believe an update is the cause.any help will do as i cannot message on android without messenger and i will not use it until this is fixed
    thanks Tim

    Me too i was using facebook camera and video clip then one day it just stopped workin does a flip then freezes app would appreciate any help