Messenger app can now be used without Facebook account

Facebook no longer requires users of its standalone Messenger app to have a Facebook account. Instead, they can sign up with a name, phone number and photo. The feature is only available in Canada, the US, Peru and Venezuela for …

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Facebook launches video calls for Messenger

Facebook’s Messenger already had a voice call option, and now it offers video calling too, available on both iOS and Android, as the social media giant looks to expand its standalone apps. “Video calling will expand Messenger’s real-time communication features,” …

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Facebook testing Messenger voice-to-text feature

Facebook is trialing a new feature for its Messenger app that enables voice messages to be converted into text. Messenger already has a feature enabling people to send voice clips to their friends as an alternative to having to type. …

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WhatsApp reaches 700M active users

WhatsApp, the messaging app acquired by Facebook for $22 billion last year, now has 700 million monthly active users, according to a post by the company’s CEO on Facebook. Jan Koum also noted that users send more than 30 billion …

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Groups becomes Facebook’s latest standalone app

Facebook added another standalone app to its roster to help users manage the groups that they are part of on the social networking site, as well as to find and create new ones. Facebook Groups, created by Facebook Creative Labs, …

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Facebook kills app messaging in Europe to push standalone Messenger

Facebook has been warned it risks alienating users as it seeks to grow the reach of its Facebook Messenger app as a platform for communications, content and commerce. The company has decided to remove its mobile app’s messaging capabilities in some European markets so that users have to download Facebook Messenger instead.