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.

 

Reader comments

Facebook Messenger updated to v4.0, brings free Wi-Fi calling

18 Comments

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!"?

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.

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!!

Posted via Android Central App

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

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

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)."

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.

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?

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

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!