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Facebook launches messaging app for iPhone / Android

Category: Stay Social, Release Date: 10-Aug-2011

Today Facebook launched a standalone messaging app for iPhones and Android devices that taps into their messaging system and helps connect you with people inside AND outside of the facebook ecosystem. The app, called simply Messenger, is now available in the iTunes App Store and the Android Market.

Born from the Beluga team that Facebook acquired back in February, this group messaging app allows you to group contacts together and carry on a group conversation with people from your phone contact list and your facebook friends. If someone is not on you Facebook friends list, it will send your message via SMS.

Today’s launch is also interesting because this is the first time Facebook has released a standalone app for one of its products. Generally they have all been features under the main Facebook app. This may well foreshadow more standalone applications, like the secret Photos app that is apparently in the works.




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