Facebook’s iOS app will soon get rid of Messaging for good


Are you game?
Are you game?
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For at least the last year, rumor has had it that Facebook would soon require anyone who wished to message a friend through its official iPhone app to install a tertiary app, Facebook Messenger, instead.

Up until now, Facebook has held off on that threat. But as the social networking giant tries to spread its services across an entire ecosystem of apps, it looks like the House that Zuckerberg built might finally make good.

According to a new report from Techcrunch, Facebook will soon remove all messaging capabilities from the main Facebook apps.

As you probably know, you can currently message your Facebook friends on iOS through both the main app and Facebook Messenger, the social network’s dedicated messaging app.

However, do so too much, and it will try to redirect you to install the Messenger app. And if you have both apps installed, any Facebook Messages received will switch over to the Messages app to chat.

But Facebook doesn’t want to have to support messaging through two apps anymore. In a statement, Facebook said this:

“In the next few days, we’re continuing to notify more people that if they want to send and receive Facebook messages, they’ll need to download the Messenger app. As we’ve said, our goal is to focus development efforts on making Messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences. Messenger is used by more than 200 million people every month, and we’ll keep working to make it an even more engaging way to connect with people.”

Keep in mind, Facebook recently purchased WhatApp. There’s a bigger game afoot than just Facebook Messages, but to become the next default messaging platform, proper. Like AIM though — which once was America Online Instant Messenger — Facebook needs to split off its messaging app from the rest of its service to do so.

We’ll see how that works. I don’t like being messaged through Facebook period, so I will never install a dedicated Message app. But I may well be in the minority. What about you?

Source: Techcrunch

  • dcj001

    Facebook did not recently purchased WhatApp.

  • Kr00

    Bye bye Facebook app. You won’t be forcing me to do your bidding. Since when is forcing people to use multiple apps to use your ad service a plus for me, you must think I’m as stupid as you are.

  • ANoneeMouse

    As the FB app always seems to have lots of negative reviews, I use FB within Safari on my iPad. You can certainly use the messaging capability that way. And I occasionally use the FB Messenger app.

  • Tomas Feuillet Vila

    In Panamá the default messaging App is Whatsapp. So we do use a separate messaging plataform.
    Let’s see what happens with this split app from FB
    Foursquare has also splitted its App and so far I HATE Swarm.

  • Kr00

    The deal was agreed in February. I’d call that recent.

  • thatboy

    All Facebook apps uninstalled and now my experience is much better. I just use mobile Safari and that version can actually do more than the apps.
    What is this obsession of theirs with redundant apps!!