Gradually entering a level on a par with BlackBerry Messenger and Appleâs iMessage,Â Facebook MessengerÂ has just been updated with some neat additional features.
Facebookâs dedicated messaging app for iPhone, which is independent of the official Facebook app, has gained the ability to display read receipts. In one-on-one messages, the app displays âSeenâ followed by the time when the message was read. In group chats, it displays the same plus the names of the ones in the group who have read it.
But unlike iMessage, which offers read receipts as an opt-in feature,Â FacebookÂ Messenger provides no way to opt out of them in case you donât want others knowing exactly when you youâve read their messages. In line with this, the app has also replaced its three-dot real-time typing symbol in group conversations with as simple as the name of the person currently typing a reply. The updated app now also attaches location data to each message, provided that the sender has granted permission for the app to do so. Hereâs a screen shot:
Notably absent in the update is the long overdue support for video chat. Upon itsÂ launchÂ in August last year, a âhiddenâ video component was discovered in the app. That component remains untapped. Rest assured that video chat is underway, along with anÂ iPad versionÂ of Facebook Messenger.
The free Facebook Messenger is available in the App Store.Â Now that itâs enhanced with more features, do you see any clear advantages of using Facebook Messenger over working with messages in the all-inclusive Facebook app?