Facebook is now forcing its users to download the messenger app; if they want to chat in their smartphones. It has already started sending the notifications to the Android and iOS platform users to install the messenger, since the chat option will no longer be available in their Facebook app in a few days. That means, Facebook in near future will make its messenger app compulsory, if the users want to chat.
Upto now, in almost all the OS platforms, Facebook has a full-fledged chat option in its main application. In some parts of Europe the messenger is already made mandatory, and its now the turn for the rest of the world to suffer. In the primitive periods, the users could chat with any of the app they preferred and then later, if the users had both the Facebook app and messenger apps installed in their smartphones, the Facebook app used to direct the users to the messenger whenever they tried to send message through the main app.
Checkout the official statement of Facebook for this matter:
“In the next few days, we’re continuing to notify more people that if they want to send and receive Facebook messages, they’ll need to download the Messenger app. As we’ve said, our goal is to focus development efforts on making Messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences. Messenger is used by more than 200 million people every month, and we’ll keep working to make it an even more engaging way to connect with people.”
We can realize that Facebook is doing this to make the users hang on to their own applications or sites for the more time, as they have lately launched a new short videos and images sharing app- Slingshot. This decision of Facebook to make the messenger app compulsory to chat, however, is sure to make some users angry, since it will require two apps of the Facebook only, each to chat and to see the updates. Good luck Facebook!