Facebook Releases Facebook Messenger – Standalone Messaging App For iPhone

Facebook Messenger

Facebook has just released a new messaging app for the iPhone called Facebook Messenger in the App Store.

It is a little intriguing that Facebook decided to launch a standalone app for messaging instead of integrating it with Facebook for iPhone app. We wonder if it has anything to do with Apple launching iMessage – its new messaging service that comes bundled with iOS 5 that will be released later this fall.

Here’s a brief description of the iPhone app from the App Store:

Facebook Messenger is a faster way to message. Reach friends right on their phones, get and send messages fast, message everyone at once and more.

Facebook Messenger includes the following top features:

  • Message friends, groups of friends or anyone in your mobile contacts
  • Map your location, find your friends and make plans on the go
  • Get mobile notifications so you never miss a message
  • Include photos so friends can see what you’re doing

You can checkout the screenshots of the iPhone app below:

You can download it for free from the App Store using this iTunes link.

Update 1:

It looks like Facebook Messenger is currently available only in the U.S. Readers KL, Dee and Lim via email (thanks guys) have pointed out the app is not yet available in Denmark, UK and Singpore respectively. We’re not sure if it is restricted only to U.S. or the app is currently in the process of being rolled out in other App Stores, but when you try to download it from App Store other than U.S., you get an error message saying “The item you’ve requested is currently not available in the UK App Store, but is available in the U.S. App Store”.

Update 2:

Lucy Zhang, Beluga Co-founder and Facebook Engineer has provided some more information on how the app works and the reason for launching a standalone messaging app on their blog:

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.

 Make plans with groups

When you’re on the go, coordinating a bunch of people can be tricky, especially if plans change at the last minute. With Messenger, you can quickly start a group conversation and message everyone at once.

If you choose to add your location, the people you’re messaging with can easily find each other on the map. You can also attach photos, so everyone else can see and comment on what you’re looking at.

Zhang hasn’t mentioned anything about the app being limited to the US App Store only, so it should be available in your countries App Store eventually.  So do let us know if you can download the app and from which country for the benefit of fellow readers.

As always, please drop us a line to tell us what you think of Facebook Messenger in the comments section below.

Hat tip to TechCrunch!

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  • KL

    Only available for the US? Link doesn’t work for me.. And I can’t find it at the app store..

    I come from Denmark

  • Dee

    Doesn’t work in the UK either!

  • George

    Link doesn’t work in Germany

  • comtrak

    yep not working in UAE

  • Meh


  • G+

    Just use Google Plus

  • Cookie Monster

    Google+ or Beejive for FB Chat are better.

  • JP

    Why won’t Facebook take a few minutes and change back their superbly crappy online chat application. Why, again, would I want to online chat with people WHO AREN’T ONLINE???

  • Kiwiholden

    Not in australia!
    @G+ everyone has Facebook and next to no one has google+.
    I’m still waiting for a invite and I know that no one I know will ever use anything other than Facebook

    • mtealo

      Kiwiholden give me your gmail email and i will invite you

  • Nathan

    has nothing to do with apple but everything to do with Huddle

  • KillerPubes

    I have a book with faces in it, I call it my facebook. It’s pictures of celebrities I’d really like to make sex with. I’d do a sex piss on their faces and theyd be like ‘Nooo, KillerPubes, that tastes too good’ and then their heads would fucking explode and I’d writhe around on my back in the sticky goo that was left. I do not think I can instant message on my facebook, plus I like the foreplay first, who wants it instant? I also like dogs but they are afraid of me. I only want to be friends but they are like ‘No, woof, fuck off, woof’. It makes me sad and I cry.

  • Coolwave

    You can download it in Canada

  • Coolwave

    how can you get an invite in google+ would love to try it out

  • mommy o

    release worldwide asap!

  • crazy asylum

    I’m on a Japanese carrier and was able to download it straight to my phone.

  • fas

    Now this is a sure shot reply by Facebook to our dear Google Plus

  • Tim

    No luck in Australia on the 11/08/2011:(((

  • Just an app for messaging? I guess it’s simple, to the point- not sure if it really needed to be a separate app

  • btw, luckily I did’t get two push notifications 😉

  • thanks…nice app