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April 10, 2014

Facebook to remove chat service on mobile app

Facebook has confirmed that it will soon shutdown its chat service on its Android and iOS app, forcing users to download and use its dedicated messaging app, Messenger.

A Facebook spokesperson has confirmed that the online social networking company will soon remove the built-in chat service found on their Facebook mobile app and require users to download and use Messenger, instead. Excluded from this rule are low-end Android devices with limited memory.

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Removing the chat service from the main app will certainly irk some people especially those who find using a separate messaging app an inconvenience. However, Facebook highlighted that Messenger provides a better experience as it is faster than the one built into the Facebook mobile app and has the ability to make free voice calls.

“We have built a fast and reliable messaging experience through Messenger and now it makes sense for us to focus all our energy and resources on that experience,” Facebook said in a statement.

Users from several European countries have already been notified of this change which will happen in the next couple of weeks, to be followed by other countries in the near future.

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7 Responses to “Facebook to remove chat service on mobile app”

  1. Hen-Sheen says:

    The Beginning is The End. Must be a bad dream, I want to wake up from it!

  2. EL says:

    This is facebook’s way of entering the messenger apps business. From a business perspective, it makes a lot of sense since they will have an instant massive user base that can challenge skype, bbm, viber, etc.

  3. ariel says:

    i rarely use my yahoo messenger sa mobile, parang napaka inconvinient maglog on log on ka di tulad sa fb na the moment nakafb ka pede ka na agad makapagkwentuhan sa mga kaibigan mo online, pag nangyari to baka unti unti mawawalan ng gana ang mga tao na mag fb nyan…sooner or later baka matulad to sa friendster na namatay in the long run..

    • rockz says:

      Messenger is a stand alone app just like Viber and BBM. Once you’re logged on you’re already logged on to your FB messages.

      So what’s the hassle all about?

  4. JP says:

    This is not a good April Fools Day joke. Oh wait, it’s no longer April Fools Day anymore. :(

  5. RJ de Leon says:

    Para daw ‘yan ‘di ma-take advantage ng mga tao ang Free FB promos ng mga networks for free instant messaging… Baka daw mabawasan ang bilyones na kinikita ng mga networks dahil ‘di na nagte-text ang mga tao at dinadaan na lang sa instant messaging via Free FB.

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