Facebook Messenger Joins ‘exclusive Android 1 billion+ downloads club’
Downloads of Android version of Facebook Messenger app have exceeded the eye-popping figure of one billion, the company proclaimed Tuesday.
“Happy to make it to the very exclusive Android 1 billion+ downloads club,” the head of the Messenger team David Marcus said in an online post.
Other than Facebook and WhatsApp, only Google’s apps, Gmail, YouTube, Search, and Maps, are present in the one billion download club.
Since Facebook has separated the Messenger from the main app, it has become a welcome service among the users, who get the facility to share content via mobile devices along with prompt texting. Messenger now claims more than 600 million users.
Facebook keeps adding and updating its features periodically. In April, it released video calling that allows, like Microsoft’s Skype, Google Hangouts and Apple’s FaceTime, users to establish face-to-face conversations. More recently, the app’s map and location sharing functionality was overhauled.
Other features such as VOIP, stickers, voice clips, peer-to-peer payments, location etc are enticing ones too.
Messenger has made free calling possible. That is, users just need to have data connections for making unlimited calls.
Facebook is reportedly planning to monetize Messenger.
“And Facebook’s secret weapon in the messaging wars is that chat isn’t where it makes its money. Rather than having to cram Messenger full of ads or convince you to buy Sticker packs, it just has to tie people closer to its big brother Facebook where lucrative mobile ads earn enough money to provide for the whole family,” TechCrunch notes.
It’s peer-to-peer payments has the potential to get big as an an e-commerce platform.