Goodbye SMS, BlackBerry Messenger and everything else as Facebook launches its Facebook Messenger [download]. That is exactly what the hype is all around though I doubt this messenger ousting any of the existing instant messaging apps on a mobile device. Had it been that way, many other apps would have already got a better chance to oust these mobile applications.
The social network had been planning this release for quite some time, though it wasn’t always made obvious. Today however the largest social network launched its Facebook Messenger for the Android smartphone devices and my first experience; there is a lot of scrolling to do on it. Maybe that’s because they have resorted to displaying all the messages in your Facebook account history, which by every mean isn’t a pleasant sight, at least it drove me off the first time I logged in. But going in a bit deep, it wasn’t this bad at all.
The Facebook Messenger lets you:
- Add location to the conversations you have. You can always turn the location feature off or on as per your needs.
- You can set alerts for messages; these could be a blinking light, a notification sound or a vibration, pretty much the same features you have for your other smartphone features.
- Message friends, groups of friends or anyone in your mobile contacts
- Snap and share: take photos on the go and share instantly with your friends and contacts.
Of course there are other messaging services like GroupMe and Kik doing the same, but with Facebook in the game with the social network’s 750 million plus user base, their job is going to get a bit tough. They do stand out with a lot of other features, but this difference will soon be overcome by Facebook (do you really think it will wait long before it introduces Video chat as well to the Facebook Messenger?). It will be interesting to see its progress in the next few months and I bet this will improve significantly in a short span of time.
SMS killer, I doubt it is and a lot depends on the users and their locations/regions. Not everyone is hooked to Facebook, not everyone owns a smartphone and if many have both the Internet connection 24/7 is not really available [I will speak about Pakistan for sure over here]. While it will prove to be a very handy application, calling it an SMS killer is just too early.
So when is this coming to the iPhone?