Facebook's child-friendly Messenger Kids app launches on Amazon Fire tablets in the U.S.

Facebook’s Messenger Kids app, which launched on iOS in December, is now coming to the Amazon Appstore in the U.S. Messenger Kids, as the name implies, is aimed at children under the age of 13, and features a variety of parental control options that allow parents to supervise the online interactions of their children. 

The app is a standalone experience that doesn’t require phone number verification or even a Facebook account to work. The only Facebook account needed is that of the parent who is going to set up the app and have access to their …


BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) now offers Uber integration to all users

BlackBerry has just announced that it has partnered with Uber to bring BBM users around the world access to the ride-on-demand service through its application. BBM Messenger users on both the Android and iOS platforms will now be able to book an Uber ride via the dedicated icon in the BBM Discover menu.

More importantly, you’ll be able to call your Uber without leaving the BBM application or having to install the dedicated Uber app on their smartphones. When the new Uber service is launched from the Discover menu, the service will ask users to sign in with their …

Facebook Messenger introduces World Effects – augmented reality 3D objects – to rival Snapchat

Facebook just one-upped Snapchat by introducing World Effects – augmented reality 3D world objects on its own. The social giant’s popular messaging app, Facebook Messenger, has just scored a trove of new effects that let you add various objects to your pics and videos and send them to your pals or post them on your Facebook wall. Unlike the already-present camera filters that let you put on different masks and effects on your selfies, the new additions to the app allow you to throw in a dynamic object that sticks to an augmented plane and gives the impression of intelligently following a predefined …

Facebook Messenger now allows you to send and receive high-res, 4K images

Facebook just announced that starting today, millions of iOS and Android users of its ultra-popular Messenger service will be able to send and receive high-resolution 4K images between one another. The first wave of users that will be able to benefit from the new feature are avid Messenger users located in the US, Canada, France, Australia, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea. The implementation of sharper, richer image content will definitely benefit the user experience in a major way, Facebook says, admitting that the support for sending and receiving …

More than half this country apparently uses Facebook's Messenger

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Messenger sure is popular Down Under.

Facebook revealed its first country-specific stats for the instant messaging platform, claiming 13 million Australians use Messenger each month. 

That’s more than half the country’s population, and 80 percent of smartphone users, according to data from Statista.

The popularity of Messenger in Australia is why Facebook has identified it as a key market. It’s why it’ll be one of the first countries outside of the U.S. to launch the Discover tab on Messenger, which puts bots from businesses and publishers within reach on the app. Read more…

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You can now send money in Facebook Messenger with PayPal

Skype and, now, Facebook Messenger are just some of the chat services that allow users to send money. However, the option is only enabled for users in selected markets. PayPal allowed Messenger users to shop and pay using its money services since last year, but the option to send money to family and friends wasn’t available until today.

Over the weekend, Facebook and PayPal announced that they have added the latter as a funding source for P2P (peer-to-peer) payments in Messenger. If you’re using Facebook chat service, you’ll now have the options to send and request …

Facebook Messenger gets Apple Music integration, check out all the new features

Music fans, rejoice! Apple Music has been integrated as a bot in Facebook Messenger, which will allow users to do some pretty cool things. 

If you happen to be an Apple Music subscriber, you will be able to stream full songs within Facebook Messenger, a first for the popular chat app. Meanwhile, non-paying users can listen to 30-second song previews and share them with their friends. You can try it out right now, as the integration doesn’t require you to download any updates. 
In order to do so, open Messenger …

Facebook Messenger Lite now available to save data on stateside Android phones

Considering that Facebook Messenger Lite has been available only in developing countries, what is Facebook saying about wireless service in the U.S. now that the data saving version of the app is offered in the states? With some of the data munching features like Messenger Day and selfie lenses absent from the app, users are less likely to consume obscene amounts of data while using it.

Actually, Facebook really isn’t making a statement about U.S. wireless service. It merely is offering up another option for those Android users who need to stay connected using a messaging app, but …

Spotify now lets you create Group Playlists in your Messenger app

David Marcus, VP of Messaging Products at Facebook, said at the F8 developer conference back in April that “Music on Messenger is going to be a good thing this year.” Expectations were that Apple Music and Spotify would be integrated with Facebook’s app and allow users to share music in different ways. Well, it seems that the statement bore truth, as Spotify has recently launched a feature in Messenger that allows you to create and share playlists with friends, while you chat away on the messaging app.

Group Playlists is a lovely new feature for anyone in all sorts of ways. Say you are …

It's not you, it's Facebook: Messenger is down in many parts of the world

Facebook Messenger, the instant messaging platform used by over 1 billion people monthly, is currently down in many areas around the world. 

Some users can’t access, send, or receive messages regardless if they try this in the Messenger mobile app, or on a computer (via Facebook’s website). 

At this very moment, it looks like Messenger is down for most users on the East Coast of the US and in Europe, as well as for folks in Canada.

Facebook has yet to comment on the matter, but it certainly seems that the company is dealing with some serious issues right …