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Facebook to drop messaging from main mobile app

29
Jul
2014

Following what the company describes as a successful trial in Europe, the worlds largest social network is going to confine the ability to message Facebook friends solely to the dedicated Facebook Messenger app. Over the coming days users of both the Android and iPhone versions of Facebooks mobile app will discover that when they receive a message from a friend — be it a straight text, a selfie or a video — rather than being able to read it within the app, they will get a notification that a message has arrived and that in order to view it they will have to install Facebook Messenger. Facebook is yet to take to its official blog to announce this global mobile migration but, when pushed, it did release an official statement to the media, saying: In the next few days, were continuing to notify more people that if they want to send and receive Facebook messages, theyll need to download the Messenger app. As weve said, our goal is to focus development efforts on making Messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences.

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