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Review Facebook Messenger
Facebook instant messaging and WiFi calls
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 18 Jul 2014, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Interesting functionality, stylish design
Needs to be elaborated, glitches, is lagging
Facebook Messenger for Android is this social giant’s effort at joining the world of instant messaging. The app functions fairly well, but has some serious glitches at this time.
Facebook Messenger is just a natural progression for this social media behemoth. The app offers all of the connectivity and brand presence of Facebook and combines it with powerful instant messaging capabilities. I don’t use Facebook much, but from my limited exposure, I always found their messaging to be needlessly cumbersome. This app should help remedy that by adding the ability to easily communicate with all of your friends and followers with ease; or at least that’s the promise.
The best feature here, by far, is the innovative ‘chat heads’ which allows you to multitask and use other apps while still communicating live with friends. You can even make free phone calls over WiFi to any of your contacts. This all kinda points in the direction of Facebook mobile, and I’m guessing the company will soon branch out into mobile devices.
The app functions ok, but is definitely bogged down by glitches and hangs. I had problems logging in, right from the word go; the app said it couldn't establish an internet connection, then outright crashed. However, once inside the app, you can create groups based on categories like family, friends, coworkers, etc. However, push notifications don’t always appear right away and chat heads often boots you off while multitasking. But this app is still relatively new, so it’s going through some growing pains.
Facebook Messenger will undoubtedly become a cornerstone app. If you are a heavy Facebook user, I don’t see how you can avoid this one. The app is glitchy, but all that will be ironed out soon enough. And what we’ll be left with, is a highly powerful messaging app that integrates the whole of Facebook on your gizmo; complete with instant messaging, phone calls and free privacy invasion. Enjoy!