Facebook’s messaging platform was once the butt of just about every jock around. Notoriously unreliable (as weird as that seems for a messaging service) and fraught with problems ranging from usability to actual delivery speed. The social media giant has come a long way since yesteryear though, and its latest plan gives the impression it wants supplant texting and other mobile-to-mobile messengers entirely.
Just yesterday the company released the latest iteration of its messaging app for Android, promising faster, more reliable service and clean, modern interface.
Some updated features include the ability to confirm your phone number and let users that aren’t your friends send you messages on your mobile device and be notified as if they were texts.
While only a limited number of users have received the messenger update so far, this roll out strategy tends to match up pretty well with their typical MO, sending out updates in batches. If you're interested in the full press release, you can check it out here.
This updates comes is the latest effort by Facebook to combat other platforms like WhatsApp which now boasts upwards of 300 million users.