Users in India are reporting they can now access Facebook’s Messenger app on their Android smartphones. Facebook Messenger will rival other mobile IM services as it not only allows users to chat with others who have Messenger installed on their phones but also with their friends who are online on Facebook. It also supports group chats, sending pictures and locations in chat as well as sending a text message if the other user is not online (send as SMS is available in select countries). Google last week had updated its Google+ app on Android and iOS that renamed its IM service as Messenger too. With RIM expected to launch a limited BlackBerry Messenger app on Android and iOS and Apple’s upcoming iOS 5 launch that will introduce iMessage, this space is only going to get more competitive. In the end, we believe that the messaging platform with most number of users and available across operating systems and devices will be the winner. And in this case, it increasingly looks like Facebook. We will keep our eyes peeled if we can download the Facebook Messenger app. Do keep us posted if you can access it in India. Also Read - Facebook to soon allow Messenger users to directly chat with WhatsApp users on the platform
UPDATE: We too can access Facebook Messenger on Android Market but it is yet to appear on the App Store. Also Read - WhatsApp: Over 1.4 billion video and voice calls made on New Year's Eve globally
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