Facebook Messenger is the popular social networking site’s standalone messaging app optimized for iPhone. It lets you send messages to a select group of Facebook friends or start a private conversation with just one.
One clear advantage of using the app is that you get to have access to Facebook’s messaging capabilities on your iDevice as well as on your computer. Also, since it’s an app dedicated to messaging, said access is made easier than in the main Facebook iOS app.
To be sure, this most recent update to Facebook Messenger pales in comparison to the app’s last couple of updates. Through those updates, such useful enhancements as read receipts and in-app notifications were introduced to the app.
That is not to say, though, that this current update is by no means useful.
Aside from bringing the obligatory bug fixes and an improved “new message” sound, the new version of Facebook Messenger delivers several new features.
Facebook Messenger now supports the insertion of smileys, hearts, and other emoji in messages. Just tap the plus button to access the app’s collection of special symbols.
Also in the new version of Facebook Messenger, clicking your friend’s name at the top of your conversation lets you view his or her Facebook Timeline. As well, the app now allows you to see who’s active, letting you and your friends know how soon to expect a reply.
Let’s hope the next version of Facebook Messenger finally brings native iPad support and video chat, among others.