Facebook has revealed plans to make real-time chatting on your smartphone an exclusive feature of Facebook Messenger.
Users might have noticed that you can pick up your conversations from both the Facebook mobile app and the Facebook Messenger app since the latter’s launch. In the company’s eyes, this doubling up of content has gone on long enough and so it has decided to remove the messaging element of the standard Facebook mobile app altogether.
A spokesperson for the company stated, “Today we are starting to notify people that messages are moving out of the Facebook app and over to the Messenger app. To continue sending messages on mobile, people will need to install the Messenger app.”
Set to affect iOS and Android users (no word on Windows Phone when we asked), from now on, logging into the standard app will spur periodic prompts, reminding you of the impending change and suggesting that if you don’t have it already, you might want to download Facebook Messenger.
For some, updating to the latest Facebook app removes the messaging option altogether, so if you’re wondering where your messages are you’ll have to pick up Messenger now.
Facebook’s decision to splice off the messaging function into a standalone app comes as yet another play to its multi-app ecosystem. Attempts with the Facebook Camera app in the past didn’t work out so well, but the sheer prevalence of Messenger should guarantee its success.
In Facebook’s eyes, Messenger offers a faster, better experience for handling messages on the go and it means that the respective development teams can better work on their distinct experiences.
What do you think? Is having two apps for one overarching service a hassle, or do you like the ability to jump to a dedicated experience? Let us know in the comments.