With Facebook’s messaging app getting an update, other IM services such as WhatsApp and Kik need to kik (see what I did there?) it into high gear if they want to remain competitive with Facebook.

Facebook 1.8 has a lot of new features that make the app easier and more appealing to use, such as a new online buddy list and revamped push notifications.

Other new features  and improvements in Facebook 1.8 include:

  • Quickly switch between multiple conversations with in-app notifications
  • Include friends of friends in conversations
  • Swipe to delete individual messages from conversations
  • See who’s available when you start a new conversation
  • Share bigger photos, tap for full screen and pinch to zoom
  • Faster app loading, navigating and sending
  • More-reliable push notifications
  • Bug fixes

The biggest reason that the Facebook messaging app is more successful than other IM platforms is that it has around a billion active members since it integrates the chat client with its social media platform, something that other cross-device IM services are lacking.

Those who are interested in getting the new Facebook messenger can check it out or download it from the App Store for free.

Source: App Store via ModMyi
Image Credit: NDTV Gadgets

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