Facebook had released a mobile app “Facebook Messenger”
which allow iPhone and Android mobile users to send instant messages to individuals and to groups.
The app is free, available for the iPhone through the App Store, and for Android via the Android Market.
Messenger is a separate app, so it only takes one click to get to your messages or send a new one. Messages are delivered through notifications and texts, so your friends are more likely to get them right away.
You can use Messenger to reach all of your friends — whether they’re on Facebook or in your phone contacts. All you have to do is type the person’s name.
The Messenger app is an extension of Facebook messages, so all your conversations are in one place, including your texts, chats, emails and messages. Whether you’re on your phone or on the web, you can see the full history of all your messages.
Group conversations make it easy to message everyone at once and see where your friends are.
If you don’t want to share your location, you can turn off it by one click.
The new standalone Messenger software is a cornerstone for Facebook’s ambition to become the communications hub on phones.
Apple plans to bundle a mobile app called iMessage into iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, which can bypass cell carrier infrastructure granting free text messages to other users of Apple devices.
Similarly, Research in Motion(RIM) has BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). And Google provides two services: Huddles, which is part of the Google+ social network, and Google Voice.