Hit: Facebook Messenger
In 2011, Facebook unveiled Messenger, a standalone messaging app that gave you a dedicated space to chat with your Facebook friends from your smartphone. What started as a simple app where you could send messages via email, text, or through Facebook to your friends has transformed into both a text-messaging client and Facebook messaging.
A later version of the Android app added Chat Heads, a feature from Facebook Home that alerts you about new messages (both texts and those from the social network) with tiny pop-up alerts that appear wherever you are in your phone, not just in the app. That means you can reply to messages quickly and go back to what you were doing.
In October 2013, Messenger got a makeover with a new clean design and features that make it easier to use.
February 1, 2014 5:15 PM PST
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