Facebook Messenger updated with native Apple Watch app, split-screen multitasking, more

Facebook has pushed out a new update to its Messenger app for iPhone and iPad, finally bringing along a few notable features. First and foremost is that you can now use Messenger on your Apple Watch thanks to a native watchOS 2 app. Facebook has also added in support for split-screen multitasking on iPad, and Spotlight integration in iOS 9.

You can now use Messenger on watchOS 2! Send and receive voice clips, Likes, stickers and more. With iOS 9, you can now find Messenger contacts and conversations from your phone's search screen, and access Messenger from the list of multi-tasking apps on your iPad.

Overall, this is a pretty great update if you find yourself constantly inside of Messenger, and it's good to see the native Apple Watch app finally arrive after being teased on stage in early September at Apple's "Hey Siri" event.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster