News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday April 09, 2014.
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The Facebook Messenger app will soon be a requirement for anyone wishing to communicate with Facebook friends on a mobile device. In two weeks, Facebook will remove the messaging functions from its Android iOS apps, forcing users to download the Facebook Messenger app in order to continue to sending or receiving messages. Though a messaging button will remain in the apps, users will be transferred into Messenger or told to download the separate app when it is pressed. The move will take place first in a few European countries before it becomes a nearly global requirement.
The Verge has received confirmation from Facebook that it will make the new messaging switch in almost every country in the "near future." Facebook will make some exceptions only users who fall into the following categories:
- Windows Phone and tablet users will still be able to use messages within the Facebook app
- Low-end Android phones with low memory will still be able to use messages because their hardware doesn't support Messenger
- The Paper iOS app will still have messaging support, but it's unclear for how long
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.