Posts tagged with: Facebook Messenger
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    It took less than a month for Facebook to integrate Apple's new interaction medium, 3D Touch, into its iOS app. It has taken Menlo Park ten months to do the same for its Messenger app. You can now give a hard tap to contact icons for a quick peek at their digits, screennames and addresses. You can also preview conversations, enlarged photos and moving videos, stickers, links and locations. It took Facebook some 34 whole-point revisions to its app in order to make 3D Touch happen. Just as a matter of curiosity. Download: App Store Via: The Verge

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    Smartphone users today have more opportunities to try out in-development software than ever before. From Apple's public iOS betas, to Android's developer preview for Nexus hardware, to the Microsoft Insider program, users who aren't afraid of dealing with a few rough edges can check out the latest software well in advance of any wide release. Sometimes the inevitable beta bugs are minor, and while the user experience may be a little wonky, everything's ultimately still functional. Then again, sometimes things are so thoroughly broken that using the software at all becomes an exercise in ...

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    "I'm gonna Facebook you" probably doesn't mean you're going to make a voice call to a person, but Facebook is still trying to make that happen with Messenger's new group calling feature. Facebook initially said that there was no limit on participants, corrected itself by admitting a limit of 12 ... and then changed the number again. As with any call already, you can hit up to 50 of the 900 million-plus Facebook users out there for a call. Those receiving a call, but miss the initial join-up will be able to tap the Phone icon in the group chat to barge in. You can also invite other people ...

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    In was back in the early days of the summer of 2014 when we were first introduced to Google's new look for Android, as the company unveiled the Material Design style that would define the look that made Lollipop and Marshmallow what they are. With a clean, bold layout and tasteful use of transitions and shadows, the Material Design language worked its way through Google's stable of Android apps, and over the months that followed its introduction, we saw Google revamp the majority of its software offerings with the new look. Third-party developers followed shortly thereafter, and their work ...

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    The world’s largest social network continues to compete against itself as far as instant messaging services are concerned, with both WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger constantly improved and boosting their popularity edge over Skype, Viber or Google Hangouts. After picking up its own digital assistant, ditching mandatory Facebook accounts, and expanding to the Apple Watch last year, FB Messenger is ready to bring back SMS functionality to Android devices, as well as let you seamlessly switch between users without ever signing out. The latter feature must have been in testing for a while ...

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    The smartwatch app ecosystem is currently in an uncertain stage. How much functionality you can get off of a screen with a diameter of less than two inches can be seen as a challenge to pursue or a limitation to work around. If you have the YouTube app for Android Wear, you know which train of thought you're on. But now, if your milieu puts you in need of Facebook Messenger while your phone's out of reach, don't worry. If you have an Apple Watch with watchOS 2, Messenger's now on it. And you have a vast suite of reply mediums to use while occupied with your wrist: you can send voice clips, ...

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    It seems the space race of tech giants has been to create a virtual assistant of their own. Apple started it off with Siri, Google followed up without much hesitation with Google Now, Microsoft then released Cortana... and now it seems like Facebook is about to get into the game (oh, and let's not forget SoundHound's Hound app – which we found to be pretty useful in our testing). According to a report out of The Information today, a virtual assistant codenamed Facebook Moneypenny right now could be making its way to the company's hugely popular Messenger communication application. A ...

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    Facebook Messenger is much more than a convenient way to get in touch with your friends while you're busy wasting time on Facebook, and has evolved into an important communication tool in its own right. We've known that Facebook has grand plans for the service, and have already seen some big improvements this year, like the arrival of mobile payments and video calls. The next major change for Messenger concerns how users access the service, giving them the ability to sign up without the need for a full Facebook account. Starting in the US, Canada, Peru, and Venezuela, users can register ...

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    Facebook is doing its best to make its proprietary social platforms bigger and better. Services like Facebook Messenger have grown significantly in popularity, but not at the same speed as services like Whatsapp, which Facebook also owns. Today Facebook has just launched a new service that betters the existing Whatsapp offerings, but not for everyone. Facebook Messenger now supports video calling in a very similar way to what we see with Apple's FaceTime or even Skype's video calling. The roll out happens today as an app update for iOS and for Android, and there's even a video explaining ...

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    What stock software on your Android smartphone do you end up replacing? The browser? Sure, there are plenty of good alternate options out there. The launcher? A bit more in the power-user camp, but sure – why not? Some of us even see fit to replace the dialers on our phones, and today we see the arrival of a new option for those who choose to do so, as Facebook releases Hello for Android. Hello's big selling points are the degree of control it gives you over screening calls. By connecting to your Facebook contacts it can not only identify callers, but remind you of relevant events going ...

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    A little later on today, Facebook is set to start streaming its presentation from the F8 dev conference, revealing some of the next big projects to come from the social media giant. While we could wait patiently to learn what's going to be announced, the cat may already be out of the bag, as users report receiving premature notifications from the conference's official app that name a few of the topics on today's agenda. Making reference to a hands-on demo area, this notice was presumably intended to go out immediately following today's announcements, but instead was inadvertently triggered ...

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    How do you send money to your smartphone-using friends? Go old-school with PayPal? Send it through Google Wallet? Are you a Venmo convert? There's no shortage of options out there, and today we're adding another to the mix. Last fall, evidence emerged that Facebook appeared to be developing a peer-to-peer payment system that would work through its Messenger app. Today the result of that project goes live, as Facebook announces just such a money transfer feature arriving for Messenger. As you'd expect, it's quite straightforward: during a conversation with a friend you need only tap a ...

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    Facebook hasn't been quite successful with its attempts to branch out into different services. So far the company has only found success in services it has acquired, like WhatsApp with 700 million users, and Instagram with 300 million users. The only in-house service that has found parallel success to Facebook is its Messenger service, which currently has 500 million active users, and to which the company is already planning major improvements. David Marcus, Facebook’s vice president of messaging products recently spoke at the Digital Life Design Conference in Munich. He detailed the ...

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    Facebook has been in the news a lot lately for its decision to spin-off its chat and messaging features as their own app. The Facebook Messenger app has actually been around for a long time, but just recently Facebook has decided to force it on its users and remove the private messaging capability from the primary Facebook app. Previously, we figured it was just a waste of time, especially on Windows Phone where Facebook chat was both integrated with the Messaging hub and it could be pinned as its own live tile from the Windows Phone Facebook app. Back in 2011, I actually hailed Facebook ...

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    Updated with high-quality audio and links to download and stream below! Enjoy! Round smartwatches, roundly terrifying TOS agreements, and roundtable smartphone discussion: 'round here, it doesn't take much more than that to get a mobile podcast together, and –assuming the Hangouts gods will it– we'll be proving it to you in less than four hours. On today's episode, we're returning to a new favorite in the segments list, plumbing the depths of the podcast inbox to let you know what phone you should buy. We'll also tell you who won last week's smartphone giveaway and surprise you with ...

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    For those of you who rely on Facebook's offering to keep in touch with friends, family, co-workers, etc. via instant messaging, there's a new option of sharing whatever it is that you want to share. In addition to bringing even bigger thumbs-ups, the latest iteration of Facebook Messenger gains the ability to share videos. The Facebook Messenger video sending feature adds an extra way of sharing stuff, in addition to pictures and voice. The way it works is easy: tap the camera icon, hold the Send button, and either send the short clip, or record another one. Both the iOS and Android ...

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    So far, Facebook's given smartphone users two primary ways to access instant messages sent over its service: you could either receive and respond to messages from directly within the core Facebook app, or you could fire up Facebook Messenger for a pure messaging experience. Apparently that's all about to change, however, and The Verge has just confirmed with Facebook that an effort is in the works to move all IM traffic over to Facebook Messenger. You'll still be able to see messages in the main Facebook app, but tapping on one of those messages to start interacting with it will instead ...

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    Just over one month ago, the incredibly popular chat application WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for over $19 billion in cash and stocks. Why did the social media giant want WhatsApp? It's no secret, honestly – to break into emerging markets and capitalize on WhatsApp's popularity in the eastern world. The question now is, which of the two chat services is better? WhatsApp or Facebook? How do they differ and how are they alike? Most importantly, which one of Facebook's two chat services should you be using? We aim to answer those questions and more in this WhatsApp vs Facebook ...

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