Facebook Messenger has been seen by some as just “that other app by Facebook”. At its core, Messenger seeks to streamline your Facebook chat experience when on mobile. However, Facebook has been recently launching some radical improvements to Facebook Messenger that has the extreme potential to edge out the competition and dominate the major mobile platforms.
From an oft ignored app, Messenger has somehow integrated sharing pictures and smileys easily without causing too much of a ruckus. A recent update has added the powerful voice messaging in the slew of Messenger features. With an intuitive user interface, voice messaging is a step forward in the right direction for the Messenger app.
Amazingly, Facebook doesn’t stop its streak there. Just this week, it has now launched VoIP capabilities for Messenger users in the United States and Canada. This update allows Messenger users to place calls to other Messenger users without incurring separate carrier charges apart from the data charges from the Internet connection. In other words, it maximizes one’s Internet capabilities by providing an alternative route for phone calls and messages.
All of these updates, combined with the 1 billion strong active member count of Facebook’s social network may ultimately make Facebook the powerhouse of the mobile wars. The best part is, it didn’t even need to delve into the hardware industry. Time may yet come when you’ll be using your Android phone or iPhone to make Facebook calls, send Facebook messages, play Facebook games, and use Facebook apps. Looks like CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to stay out of the smartphone industry is a well-calculated move.
Do you think Facebook may yet become the most dominant force in the mobile scene? What advice or suggestions can you give to Facebook? Leave your comments below and let’s speculate together.