Criticized Facebook Messenger Stands Second In App Ranking
Facebook has taken the world by a storm and there’s no denying that. Even when facing charges for privacy breaches and worldwide criticism on enforcing the suspicious Facebook Messenger on every user which turns on the microphone and camera when running, it has still managed to make headlines – in a good way.
App Annie Index, which analyzes trends in the app market according to categories, showed in July that the category of “communications” is at the top of index of iOS and Google Play combined. At the moment, Viber and Facebook Messenger are among the top messaging apps which are gaining popularity based on growth in emerging markets and releases on additional platforms.
However, Facebook clarified these user permissions in a blog claiming that these features were only installed for the user’s experience and convenience.
However, beating all odds, the Messenger app saw one of its largest rises by standing second place in the ranking. This has mainly been achieved due to a dedicated iPad app being released for this purpose solely. The top five rankings are in the following order:
App Annie’s release explained:
United States iPad downloads started strong and then skyrocketed in late July, when parent company Facebook made the strategic decision to move all worldwide messaging functionality from Facebook into Facebook Messenger. This follows the initial test rollout of separating Facebook Messenger from Facebook in Europe early April.
This forcing of Facebook to use Messenger is being made because Facebook believes that separating the messaging part from the rest of the service allows faster and more dedicated communication which is obviously what we want while talking to someone.
Peter Martinazzi, who works for Facebook on the Messenger team, wrote in a blog post:
We’re committed to providing a fast, reliable and fun messaging app that anyone in the world can use to reach the people who matter to them. That’s why we’re focusing just on Messenger and moving messages out of the Facebook app. People usually respond about 20% faster when they have Messenger, and we think they’ll find both apps useful in different ways. We hope you’ll try out Messenger and enjoy everything else you can do with the app, like chatting with groups and sending stickers.