Facebook adds SMS support to Messenger for Android

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Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has released an overhauled version of its Messenger for Android standalone messaging app as well as a new edition of its Facebook for Android social networking service.

Facebook Messenger for Android 2.0 enables users to send and receive SMS messages from directly within the app, guaranteeing that all texts and Facebook messages are together in one place. "Any text you receive gets delivered to Messenger in addition to your core SMS client," a Facebook spokesperson told The Verge. The app also boasts a UI redesign that makes it easier to follow conversations as well as a new feature enabling users to swipe their finger to determine which of their contacts are currently available.

Many of Facebook Messenger's new features are also integrated into the newest version of Facebook for Android. In addition to a new News Feed button showing users who's available for messaging and a redesigned conversational flow, the app also touts security and reliability enhancements, including bug fixes for errors during multi-photo selections, device restarts and push notifications.

Facebook recently rolled out an updated version of its Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS app, opting for a fully native experience instead of embedded HTML5. The company has also vowed to improve its Android offering, and last month confirmed reports that executives have ordered employees to dump their iPhones in favor of Android devices, maintaining that employees will only fully comprehend the failings of the existing Android app if they are forced to grapple with the Android user experience on a daily basis.

For more:
- read this Facebook Newsroom post
- read this Verge article

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