Introducing Facebook Messenger for iPhone

Introducing Facebook Messenger for iPhone

Facebook has introduced a second app for iPhone, a dedicated Facebook Messenger client to help you get your IM on. Sadly, it's not a universal binary so you're limited to chunky double fuzzy on iPad (same as the regular Facebook app... until they finally launch Facebook for iPad). Still, for hardcore Facebook Message users on the , this will no doubt be appreciated.

Details and screenshots after the break.

[Free - App Store link]

Facebook Messenger is a faster way to message. Reach friends right on their phones, get and send messages fast, message everyone at once and more.

Top Features:

  • Message friends, groups of friends or anyone in your mobile contacts
  • Map your location, find your friends and make plans on the go
  • Get mobile notifications so you never miss a message
  • Include photos so friends can see what you're doing

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Rene Ritchie

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CD says:

push alerts don't work. Wouldn't expect anything more from FB - it's as bad as FB chat.

johncblandii says:

LMBO. Rene you never cease to amaze me but I'm learning what you're about slowly but surely. :)
"Sure it works fine on the iPod touch but incredibly Google’s “iPad support” comes not in the form of a universal binary with proper, native iPad UI, but simply the ability to now install the Google+ iPhone app on the iPad and run it either windowed or in fuzzy 2x mode. Such a disappointment!"
But for Facebook [this post]:
"Sadly, it’s not a universal binary so you’re limited to chunky double fuzzy on iPad."
Nice. I see what you did there. :-D Simple and straight w/ Fb...drama w/ Google.
I promise I don't look for this stuff. It is just blatant when it happens. :)

kawz says:

i dont see it in the app store.....

fastlane says:

If you go to the Social Networking category, then tap 'Top Free', it's there.

Mike Henriquez says:

Not available outside the US ( here in El Salvador) as usual.

johncblandii says:

Seriously? Fb is "sadly" but Google is "Such a disappointment!" after a full blurb about how it is not "proper", etc and how it isn't properly done. I'm reaching? Hehe. Ok. :-D

Volcomfever says:

You can't see who's online on facebook chat. Doesn't that defeat the purpose of the app if you can't even see who is currently online? At least in terms of fb chat.

Jas says:

You don't need to see who is on chat! Even if they are not online they will get the message on their phone if they download the app.

Ern says:

You must be on crack. I just tried to install it and its a no show in the app store!

Jas says:

It's in the app store, just scroll down farther. It's about the 20th one for some reason

MPIIIMan says:

BeeJive and Trillian already connect to Facebook, keep you connected, and provide notifications. No need for this one.

johncblandii says:

It just jumped out at me since the other post made me laugh at his characterization of how seemingly awful it was for Google not to do a full iPad app.
All good though. Just a great laugh for today. :)

johncblandii says:

LOL. What bend?
Isn't the above a different app?
It is funny you can't see your obvious bias and disdain but no worries...I'll be here to help you. :-D

Dumbledorf says:

It seems Rene Ritchie has a fan. :)

johncblandii says:

I like Rene but a fan I'm not. I'd sit with him and talk tech any time.
Consider this a public service to help improve a blog I enjoy reading. ;-)

fastlane says:

Using different sentences, to comment on apps not being universal binary, is biased... and showing distain?
Yes, reaching.

Chris says:

Clearly you never used the "im on facebook"

Chris says:

spending too much money on starbucks I see...

ckalli says:

I can't seem to download the app in India. Us only app?

Vox says:

I guess it's US only…not in the Mexican store either.

Noel Hibbard says:

What about FB IM is broken? I use it all day without a problem. What am I missing? I installed this new App and so far I like it. It looks like notifications only come to the iPhone if you don't have FB up in your web browser. And the person typing a msg to you sees a msg saying something like, "This message will be delivered to Noel's iPhone". The startup time is very good too. Much faster then all the other IM clients. I have tried them all.

johncblandii says:

Not biased. I just don't care for the way you slant the views of your readers under the guise of being unbiased. When I see it, I call it out [here and elsewhere].

Liam330 says:

This is not in the uk App Store :(

Whiny Pants says:

I'm a fan of keeping it simple. If the original facebook app is lacking in it's features, why not make it better. We don't need another app to download to our iphones, which will now send us two notifications or none at all. I understand facebook is feeling the pinch (thanks to google +), but I don't think creating a whole new app will solve their problems.

Jilltwieder says:

I can't figure out a way to delete the messages!

Forfb2000 says:

Did you find the how to delete the messages?

Tashi says:

How does one delete messages from the Facebook Messenger on the iPhone! Gosh am breaking my head over this one! Help!

Tashi says:

Wow!! Finally figured out how to delete messages from the Facebook Messenger!
U go to yr Facebook page/ click on the icon of messages on that/ then the window wid all the messages shows up. Delete each conversation :-) yayaeee! Free finally! :-)

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