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Old 04-07-2012, 04:57 PM
Brendan Hugo Brendan Hugo is offline
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Default Facebook updates its Android Messenger app—can anything best it?

If chatting all day on Facebook is your thing, then your thing has gotten much better this week. The app was updated on Thursday, and brought several improvements. First off the app looks a bit nicer. Nothing massive was changed visually, more like a light application of makeup.

The mechanics of the app did change significantly, however. First of all the app runs a bit faster while sipping less battery, both always-welcome changes. Where you would have previously clicked in the upper right corner to start a conversation, the message icon is now a plus sign. Clicking this will take you to your top chatted friends, with your online friends below that. Topping it all is a button to create a group message at the very top. Group messaging is probably the one thing that has benefited most from this update, now being perfectly integrated with standard messaging.

Android apps these days almost always contain an update pertaining to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and this one is no different. We don’t know what exactly was changed, but the app now has “better support for Ice Cream Sandwich.” Version 1.6.003 also brings us the ever-ambiguous “bug fixes” line item, whatever that means.

I have always been a subscriber to the “every tool is a muti-purpose tool” mentality, and have had little time for single-purpose applications. But I don’t know of any third-party apps that work as well as the in-house Facebook Messenger does for Facebook chat. In fact it is the only single-purpose messaging app on my phone. Does anyone know of a good multi-purpose app that includes Facebook chat? Or do you all feel that the Messenger is as good as it gets, and worth its own space on my smartphone?

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