Facebook Plans to Strip Messaging from Android, iOS Core Apps

Posted by at 12:02 am on April 10, 2014

Facebook has confirmed plans to remove Facebook Messenger functionality from within the Android and iOS mobile apps for smartphones.

Facebook hopes users will instead use its stand-alone, dedicated Facebook Messenger application. Messaging will remain within the Windows Phone Facebook app, and tablet versions of the Facebook app.

Further, Facebook told The Verge that low-end smartphones with memory constraints may still be able to run Facebook with Messaging intact. Facebook said this change will happen across all countries in the near future, but didn’t spell out exactly when.

Facebook believes the stand-alone app provides a better messaging experience.

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