Last December, Facebook began prompting users of its flagship iOS application to download its Facebook Messenger app, and the social network also began prompting mobile users to encourage their friends who had not yet downloaded Messenger to do so. Soon, according to reports by TechCrunch and The Verge, Facebook mobile users who wish to chat will not have a choice, as messages will no longer be available in its iOS and Android flagship apps.
Facebook Messenger for Android became the latest application to get the beta-testing treatment, as the social network announced in a post on its engineering blog that the Facebook Messenger for Android Beta Testers program is now live.
Android update week continues, as Facebook followed updates of the Android applications for its WhatsApp cross-platform messaging service and its Instagram photo- and video-sharing network with a new version of its flagship app. The new features mostly involve photos.
WhatsApp, the cross-platform mobile messaging company acquired by Facebook in a $19 billion deal last month, attempted to quell fears over a security loophole in its Android application discovered by tech consultant Bas Bosschert, but Bosschert claimed that the loophole still exists despite the update to the Android app released earlier this week.
Zynga is introducing some of its most popular games to iOS and Android in a few select markets before officially launching them at the end of June. The social gaming developer is playing catch up with competitor King.com, which got into the mobile space sooner.
Android updates are in fashion Tuesday at Facebook-owned companies, as Instagram joined WhatsApp in updating its Android application, saying that the app now loads twice as quickly and takes up half the space.
Cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp, which was acquired by Facebook in a $19 billion deal last month, sneaked a unique way to potentially grow its user base into the update to its Android application.