Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger
Facebook Messenger logo.svg
Developer(s) Facebook
Initial release August 9, 2011; 6 years ago (2011-08-09)
Stable release(s) [±]
Android 148.0 / January 9, 2018; 44 days ago (2018-01-09)[1][2]
iOS 148.0 / January 10, 2018; 43 days ago (2018-01-10)[3]
Windows 139.0 / January 6, 2018; 47 days ago (2018-01-06)[4]

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Preview release(s) [±]
Android 147.0.0.25.86 / December 16, 2017; 2 months ago (2017-12-16)[5]
Development status Active
Operating system Android, iOS, Web, BlackBerry OS, Windows Phone, Tizen
Type Instant messaging
License Freeware, proprietary
Alexa rank Positive decrease 200 (As of December 2017)[6]
Website www.messenger.com

Facebook Messenger (sometimes abbreviated as Messenger)[7] is an instant messaging service and software application. Originally developed as Facebook Chat in 2008, the company revamped its messaging service in 2010, and subsequently released standalone iOS and Android apps in August 2011. Over the years, Facebook has released new apps on a variety of different operating systems, launched a dedicated website interface, and separated the messaging functionality from the main Facebook app, requiring users to use the web interface or download one of the standalone apps.

Users can send messages and exchange photos, videos, stickers, audio, and files, as well as react to other users' messages and interact with bots. The service also supports voice and video calling. The standalone apps support using multiple accounts, conversations with optional end-to-end encryption, and playing games.

After being separated from the main Facebook app, Messenger had 600 million users in April 2015, growing to 900 million in June 2016, 1 billion in July 2016, and 1.2 billion in April 2017.

  1. ^ "Facebook Messenger". APKMirror. Android Police. January 14, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Facebook Messenger for Android". January 15, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Facebook Messenger". App Store. Apple Inc. January 10, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Facebook Messenger". Microsoft Store. Microsoft. January 6, 2018. Retrieved January 6, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Facebook Messenger". APKMirror. Android Police. December 16, 2017. Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Messenger.com Traffic Statistics". Alexa, Inc. October 8, 2017. Retrieved December 10, 2017. 
  7. ^ Stenovec, Timothy (August 13, 2014). "The Real Reason Facebook Is Forcing You To Download Messenger". The Huffington Post. AOL. Retrieved March 24, 2017. 

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