Facebook already offers a number of ways to converse with your friends online - chat, messages, wall posts and comments - and Facebook Messenger has been released to make it easier than ever to keep in touch with people while you are on the move.
Facebook Messenger comprises a single unified messaging view that displays all of your current chats and messages. It can be used to send messages to your online friends, but it is also capable of sending to text messages to non-Facebook contacts. The ability to send maps and photos is handy when it comes to arranging meetings, but it is the overall ease of use and uncluttered nature of the app's interface that impresses the most.
The app is a great supplement to the main Facebook app and is ideal for anyone who has started to use the social network for keeping in touch with others. The single purpose nature of Facebook Messenger means that as an app it is far more lightweight, is not cluttered with unnecessary features and is far less prone to crashing.
While Facebook Messenger can be used on Android devices as well as iPhones, iPods and iPads, the real benefits come when used with a phone as this makes it possible to communicate with people who do not have smartphones or do not use Facebook apps on their device. The app is a very simple idea, but it has been well thought out and well executed, making it a must-have installation.
Facebook Messenger is currently only available in the US.