A new Facebook Messenger update is rolling through the Google Play Store right now. Listed a v4.0, it features quite few changes over the last update, though some were previously available on the beta. If you weren't part of that, the update brings along groups, forwarding, conversation shortcuts and adds a free calling over Wi-Fi feature.

  • Groups: Now you can create groups for the people you message most. Name them, set group photos and keep them all in one place
  • Forwarding: Want to send a message or photo to someone who isn't in the conversation? Just tap to forward it on
  • Conversation Shortcuts: Create a shortcut so that you can get to any conversation right from your home screen
  • Free Calls: Talk as long as you want and stay in touch wherever you are. (Calls are free over Wi-Fi. Otherwise, standard data charges apply).

The update is live now, so everyone should be seeing it. If you haven't already grabbed it already, you can hit the Play Store link above to get it downloaded to your device today.

 
There are 18 comments

RichieB07 says:

Am I the only one who thinks that now that FB Messenger has the WiFi calling, that THIS would have been the time for them to introduce their phone? I mean, can you imagine having a tag line of "Hey, guess what? You have free texting and calling over WiFi!"?

That would have been a good move on their part. Alas 'twas not the move they made.

one80oneday says:

Can fb WiFi calling be set as default for all incoming calls even if they're from people not on fb?

I am not a fan of FB; I may go on there once every few months.
However, I think this is great. Anything to lessen the control that the carriers have on our ability to communicate is a good thing.
I really hope Google adds something similar to Hangouts via Google Voice really soon.

Andro10 says:

FREE WIFI CALLING SO THEY CAN HARVEST PHONE #'S ASSOCIATED WITH FB ACCOUNTS!

I never updated their app when they started asking for access to text messages. And for not having updated, they aren't allowing me to hide posts when I want. I still won't update. FB has gone to far with privacy. They're hipocrites too trying to look good by whining that the NSA has been requesting account information, when FB violates our privacy as well!!

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Razieltov says:

If you have the Facebook app on your phone they already have your phone number.

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inzane says:

Still can't turn off notifications completely. Sorry but what happens in Facebook is not that important, thankfully I can turn them off via the OS

bagarwa says:

Wi-Fi calling to - 1) Any number? 2) Any US number? 3) Only FB messenger users?

StuartV says:

Yeah, this. Is there an Android news site somewhere where we can read about this update that covers important details like this?

djbradster says:

It would be great if someone would answer this!!!

What happen if i am not in proximity with wi-fi hot spot.

TheIowaKid says:

It says "This person cannot be called right now".

daves221 says:

It uses your data plan

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The article addresses this:

"Free Calls: Talk as long as you want and stay in touch wherever you are. (Calls are free over Wi-Fi. Otherwise, standard data charges apply)."

ki11ak3nn says:

This sounds really good to me. The only reason I go with T-Mobile branded devices is for the wifi calling. If I use Facebook Messenger for calling and Google Voice/Hangouts for texts I'll be all set. I'll be able to get the Sony Z2 and bring it over to T-Mobile!!! I'll have to update so I can see how well it works.

machzk says:

I used this two weeks ago to call from my iPhone to my wife's Android phone, so as to avoid roaming charges. Why is it only now being highlighted in this update?

one80oneday says:

It actually works on my wifi at work that normally blocks all VOIP! Hope Google Hangouts uses the same method and can also be used for incoming calls

bar_ranae says:

New here...just wondering if this app allows you to chat/message someone else in FB without you having to be logged in to FB?

Thanks!