Facebook Messenger users top 200M, says Zuckerberg

More than 200 million Facebook users are regularly using Facebook Messenger, the social networking site's mobile texting app for Android and iPhone, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in the firm's quarterly earnings conference call on Wednesday, Re/code reports.

Zuckerberg said he expects WhatsApp, which Facebook is buying for $19 billion, and Facebook Messenger to not compete directly because they "serve different use cases." WhatsApp's messaging app recent hit the half billion user mark.

According to a report by CNET, Zuckerberg explained on the conference call: "Facebook historically has focused on friends and public content. Now with Messenger and WhatsApp, we're taking a couple of different approaches to more private content as well."

This is the first time Facebook has shared user numbers for Messenger, which the company often cites as one of its most successful apps.

Facebook said it is taking the Messaging feature out of its smartphone apps in the next few weeks, requiring users to download the standalone app instead. "If you want to message people on Facebook from a smartphone, now you'll be forced to download the app," explains Re/code.

For its first quarter financial results, Facebook reported earnings of $885 million, or 34 cents per share, on revenue of $2.5 billion, beating analysts' estimates of 24 cents per share in earnings and $2.36 billion in revenue, USA Today reports.

The strong financial performance is coming from mobile ad revenues, which now make up nearly 60 percent of total ad sales. "Mobile is a strong driver for us," Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg was quoted by USA Today as saying in the Wednesday conference call.

For more:
- read the Re/code report
- see the CNET article
- check out the USA Today article

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