Facebook Messenger for Mac App in Development

Facebook Messenger for Mac App in Development: Report

Facebook is building an as-yet-unreleased Facebook Messenger app for Mac desktop that would help Apple users to instantly access it straight from the dock, a media report said.

Instead of getting buried in one of many Web browser tabs that users have to switch to so they can text friends, the dedicated Messenger desktop app would be instantly accessible from the dock present on desktop, TechCrunch reported on Saturday.

The news portal said it has obtained photographic evidence and an eyewitness report that Facebookemployees are working on Facebook Messenger for Mac.

According to the eyewitness account and the photo, the app used by the employee included the Messenger logo as the icon in the app dock, and was named Messenger in the menu bar.

In the photo, it can be seen that the employee was working on app that includes a navigation tab bar in the bottom left. It matches the tab bar options in official Messenger for iOS mobile app, including “Recent, Groups, People, and Settings” menu.

The report said unofficial apps for desktop, of which several are available, lack this tab bar that’s also seen in the official Messenger for iOS app.

TechCrunch added that sources said the employee was logged into Facebook’s “internal portals and VPN”, further confirming the screenshots were from an official Messenger for Mac app that’s not yet available to the public.

Meanwhile, Facebook responded to TechCrunch’s requests for confirmation by saying, “We do not comment on rumour or speculation.”

To recall, Facebook launched the Messenger for Web client back in April, with the launch of the Messenger.com website. The social networking giant had previously separated Messenger on Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices from the main Facebook app, and made it mandatory for all users to download the Messenger app to continue to enjoy messaging services on mobile.

Facebook Messenger Now Has Over 800 Million Monthly Active Users

Facebook Messenger Now Has Over 800 Million Monthly Active Users

Facebook announced Thursday that the number of people using its Messenger application monthly has shot past 800 million, with more features on the way to win even more fans.

“The Messenger team’s mission is to make Messenger the best place to communicate with all the people and businesses in the world,” Facebook head of messaging products Dave Marcus said in an online post.

“I’m happy to report that we’ve made a good step in that direction, and toward the end of 2015, we crossed the milestone of 800 million people using Messenger every month.”

He maintained that while the number was impressive, it was still “early days” for Messenger.

Improvements to the smartphone messaging application last year included ramping up speed, making it easier to send photos, adding video calling, letting businesses use it for customer service and adding the ability to send money to friends.

Facebook also began testing on weaving its “M” digital virtual assistant into Messenger. The test of enhancing Messenger with artificial intelligence is “going well,” according to Marcus.

Uber alliance
Facebook last month announced an alliance with Uber that lets people in the United States summon cars from the ride-sharing service using the Messenger application.

The partnership was a major move for both California firms, further expanding Facebook’s stand-alone messaging service beyond simply communicating and putting Uber in touch with a huge user base.

Uber was described as the first partner in the launch of “transportation on Messenger,” leaving the door open to add Uber rivals as options for users of the smartphone messaging service.

“You can expect us to keep trying new things, too,” Marcus said.

“There will be more innovative developments to come from Messenger this year.”

Connecting with businesses
Plans for this year include doing more to enable businesses and services to connect with people using Messenger, according to Facebook.

Messenger is working with players in e-commerce, travel, aviation and other industries to test modes of interacting with people on the service, Marcus told AFP in an interview here.

He said that people appreciate being able to easily interact with companies in conversational manners on Messenger.

Messenger is also keen to play a role in e-commerce globally, considering it a natural fit for the service but noting that international payments systems face “complications.”

The ability of one person to send money to another using Messenger, however, is being developed country-by-country and will take “a little time,” according to Marcus.

Facebook holds another messaging application, WhatsApp, which had more than 900 million users as of late last year.

Marcus said that Messenger and WhatsApp operate “fairly independently.”

Facebook Messenger, Snapchat Decline in Popularity in US

Facebook Messenger, Snapchat Decline in Popularity in US: Survey

Facebook and Instagram still reign supreme among top apps, even as Messenger and Snapchat are losing steam with young users in the US, a recent study says.

Wayup, a startup that connects college students with local job opportunities, queried 1,000 US college students about their favourite apps and found that Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, free digital wallet Venmo were the top three apps on decline, VentureBeat reported.

The survey was sent out five times throughout 2015 in an effort to suss out larger mobile app trends. The study found that Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, and Venmo were mentioned less and less over the course of a year.

However, the list is a little deceiving. For instance, banking apps en masse saw a decline from September through December of 2015. “Venmo is the clear favourite among payment apps, cited five times more frequently than the next most listed app, PayPal,” the study noted.

Also, it’s worth noting that Snapchat was on the rise until September hit, when it started to drop off, according to Wayup.

Facebook Messenger saw a slight increase in popularity from February to September, but then it declined twice as much as Facebook from September through December. Facebook is also six times as likely to be listed as a favorite app than Messenger.

The study, however, shows a silver lining for Messenger. The app was mentioned more by freshman than seniors, which means it has an opportunity to capture Generation Z as they age. Messenger’s recent partnership with Uber could also possibly reverse its declining trend.