Category: Communication

    Facebook Messenger

    (11) Members who recommend this app:
    Show All 
    • 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 That outdated (and not so good in the first place) story gained traction as the Messenger app became mandatory.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.

    Facebook Messenger - Featured Articles

    Facebook Messenger permissions

    Facebook Messenger permissions: Not as scary as the stories might have you believe

    The FUD is fierce as a 9-month-old story paints a scary — but not really correct — view of Android permissions You can't swing a dead cat on the Internet these days without running into yet another misguided story about how scary Android is, and about how apps have access to do all sorts of...
    Facebook Messenger

    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...
    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...
    Facebook

    Facebook moving users to dedicated Messenger app to chat

    It was a few months ago that we reported that Facebook would be killing in-app messaging. Facebook instead prefers users to chat with the dedicated Facebook Messenger app. Facebook is now notifying users that transition will happen over the next few days. Facebook hasn't posted an announcement...

    Screenshots

    Facebook Messenger - Photos

    Facebook Messenger RSS Feed
    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...
    Facebook Messenger

    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...
    Facebook Permissions

    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...
    Facebook Messenger permissions

    Facebook Messenger permissions: Not as scary as the stories might have you believe

    The FUD is fierce as a 9-month-old story paints a scary — but not really correct — view of Android permissions You can't swing a dead cat on the Internet these days without running into yet another misguided story about how scary Android is, and about how apps have access to do all sorts of...
    Facebook Messenger on Android Wear

    Facebook Messenger adds Android Wear notifications, voice replies

    If Facebook Messenger is your preferred communication app and an Android Wear device is your preferred wrist companion, today's your lucky day. With the latest version of Facebook Messenger for Android, you can now view message notifications and like or reply to messages right from your wrist....
    Facebook

    Facebook moving users to dedicated Messenger app to chat

    It was a few months ago that we reported that Facebook would be killing in-app messaging. Facebook instead prefers users to chat with the dedicated Facebook Messenger app. Facebook is now notifying users that transition will happen over the next few days. Facebook hasn't posted an announcement...
    Facebook Messenger

    Instantly share videos and 'big likes' in latest Facebook Messenger update

    Facebook has rolled out another update for its Messenger app on Android. The social network has implemented instant video sharing and the ability to send 'big likes' to friends in the conversation, just in case you happen to really like something. This latest update brings the app up to version 6...
    Facebook Messenger updated with improved video and photo sharing

    Facebook Messenger updated with improved video and photo sharing

    Facebook Messenger has been updated with video sharing, faster photo sharing, and sticker shortcuts. The update to version 5.0 doesn't bring any of the visual changes you might expect with such a version bump (Messenger hit 4.0 just a month ago), but it does bring the app in-line with is iOS...
    Facebook Messenger

    Facebook to kill in-app messaging in favor of using dedicated Facebook Messenger app

    Low-end devices with constrained resources can keep using in-app messaging Facebook is working on transitioning users somewhat forcefully to using their dedicated Messenger app. Warning messages have been sent out to some European users that in about two weeks time, they wouldn’t be able to use...

    Pages

    1 comment

    Reader comments

    Facebook Messenger

    1 Comment