Facebook to kill in-app messaging in favor of using dedicated Facebook Messenger app [Update]
Facebook is working on transitioning users somewhat forcefully to using their dedicated Messenger app. Warning messages have been sent out to some European users that in about two weeks time, they wouldn’t be able to use the core Facebook app to do their chatting. Though this change will be rolling out globally, there will be exceptions in place for lower-powered Android devices that apparently can’t handle the Pure Awesome of the Facebook Messenger standalone app, and for Facebook’s relatively fresh news app, Paper.
Though this means you’ll need to install and manage two apps, hopefully it will result in greater performance individually. What do you guys think of the change? Do you already have Facebook Messenger installed, or would you rather keep your Facebook chats bundled in the core experience?
[Update] The Verge has since updated their post to state that Windows Phone and 'tablet' users will continue to see messages inside their Facebook app. Their initial report did not specify that Windows Phone users would be exempt. And life goes on. - Sam
Source: The Verge
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In separate news yesterday it was finally reported traced to the Facebook app on iPhone as the reason for killing its pathetic battery.
So the whole of the rest of world has to move to separate messenger system to spare Apple's blushes.
Ha, ha, ha...
Why I was pinning secondary tile before? Quick access to messaging. As simple as that. And if FB Messenger is loaded quicker (since it doesn't need to load the whole Facebook features), that it should be better :)
Also I really like the native unified msg on WP, hate to separate it
1) I'd rather everything be in one place, because I don't use Facebook extensively, nor do I not use it at all.
2) I cba to find a place to put the messenger app on my start screen xD
I want to skip the news feed..
Windows phone is the only phone architecture currently which can handle the Facebook messaging app without having to write special lightweight apps.
That's because Facebook messaging is embedded natively into WP OS messaging through back end. Your Facebook account is linked to your MS account on the Windows servers.
On iPhone and Android the app is simply a bolt on and has to poll constantly, killing the battery.
Ha, ha, ha.
WINDOWS PHONE IS THE ONLY PHONE WHICH CAN HANDLE FACEBOOK.