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Facebook Messenger Lite is finally rolling out to the US

Facebook Messenger Lite is finally rolling out to the US

Better late than never, right? Almost exactly a year after it was launched, Facebook is now making its standalone, data-saving Messenger Lite Android app available in the US, UK, and Canada. Not exactly markets you'd think are in dire need of data-saving features. That, of course, might be an unfair assumption so to keep things fair, Facebook is spreading the love to everyone. Well, except for iOS users who still won't have a Messenger Lite version.

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Facebook Messenger ads enter beta testing worldwide

Facebook Messenger ads enter beta testing worldwide

Over the past few years, Facebook has turned Messenger into a really popular app. Sure, it did that mostly by turning off Facebook messaging capabilities for mobile users and thereby forcing them to install Messenger, but the fact remains: Facebook Messenger is now home to more than 1 billion users. That's a massive userbase to be sure, but Facebook has had issues monetizing the platform.

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Facebook Messenger features want you to do more than just chat

Facebook Messenger features want you to do more than just chat

A little over five years ago, communicating with someone over the Internet meant lines of text and a few ASCII-based emoticons to express emotions that words can't easily say. These days, not only have we gone into audio-visual Internet communication, we have gone beyond them as well. Take, for example, Facebook's latest update to its Messenger chat app that brings all sorts of whimsical expressions, from animated emojis to masks. Because sometimes, a sticker just says its better.

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Here’s how to create Spotify’s new group playlists in Facebook Messenger

Here’s how to create Spotify’s new group playlists in Facebook Messenger

Creating playlists with your friends can lead to the discovery of a lot of great music, and today Spotify is trying to make that process even easier. Spotify announced today that it has given Facebook Messenger users the ability to create group playlists in-chat. The process of creating a group playlist seems pretty straightforward, as it centers around using Spotify's own Messenger extension.

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Five cool things you can do with Facebook Messenger

Five cool things you can do with Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger is no longer the mere secondary app you have to use to send your friends messages on mobile. The company has grown its messaging app into a standalone product, one that doesn't even require a Facebook account, and it is slowly expanding it with a wide array of features not limited to just chatting. You can do all sorts of neat things with Messenger, perhaps more than you realize, and we've selected five of the best.

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Facebook Messenger design update brings tabs to the home screen

Facebook Messenger design update brings tabs to the home screen

Facebook Messenger is on the receiving end of an update that brings with it a redesigned interface, one that breaks the home screen up into tabs that, overall, offer better organization. These tabs, as one example, isolates users who are active that moment, making it easier to find who is online versus those who aren't currently available. The update will be pushed out to Facebook Messenger users across the globe on both iOS and Android; the update is rolling out this week.

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How to play Facebook Messenger Instant Games on your phone (2017)

How to play Facebook Messenger Instant Games on your phone (2017)

As we reported earlier today, Facebook Messenger's games are now available to users around the world, giving everyone a chance to play. The existence of these games -- which Facebook calls Instant Games -- is still relatively unknown, though, and even those who know about them may not be sure how to actually access them. That's where this guide comes in. Fortunately, playing Messenger Instant Games is pretty simple, and it takes less than a minute to get started.

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Messenger’s Instant Games roll out to reclaim Facebook’s crown

Messenger’s Instant Games roll out to reclaim Facebook’s crown

Once upon a time, Facebook was the king of casual gaming, with titles like FarmVille and Candy Crsh Saga causing not a few to lose their productivity. Since then, however, mobile games have snatched the crown away from Facebook but the social network giant is ready to take it back with a vengeance and a twist. It has just loudly proclaimed the global rollout of its Instant Games on mobile devices, but you'll need to have both a Facebook account and Facebook's Messenger to play them.

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Facebook Messenger is bringing Spotify and Apple Music directly to chats

Facebook Messenger is bringing Spotify and Apple Music directly to chats

Facebook has announced a bunch of new and upcoming features for Messenger, arguably chief among them being the ability to share bots directly within group chats via 'Chat Extensions.' Several brands are already available under this feature, including Spotify, which enables users to share a particular thing (a song, in Spotify's case) with an entire chat stream of people. Facebook's messaging app is also getting a new Discover tab, 'Messenger Codes,' and more.

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Facebook Messenger update: Live Location is now watching you [APK download]

Facebook Messenger update: Live Location is now watching you [APK download]

Live Location is now part of Facebook Messenger whether you want it or not - whether you’re all about seeing where your significant others are at all times, or never wanted to know that information in the first place. For those that do not yet have access to this feature, we’re running down the ways in which it can be accessed on both iOS for iPhone and iPad and on Android for a wide variety of devices. This update is live server-side, now all users need to do is update their apps to make it happen.

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Facebook Messenger update changes how I chat [APK download]

Facebook Messenger update changes how I chat [APK download]

Starting this week, users of both Android and iPhone (or iPad) devices will see a change in Facebook Messenger. In the app they'll be able to converse with their friends and associates in a brand new way. While before, Emoji icons were allowed to be plugged in and seen, now Reactions are available too. Mentions are also about to become available to the masses - just in case I'm speaking about someone that I need to link to.

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Facebook Messenger Day lifts another Snapchat feature

Facebook Messenger Day lifts another Snapchat feature

Facebook seems to be taking quite a few pages out of Snapchat's book lately, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that Messenger's newest feature seems awfully familiar. Dubbed Messenger Day, this new feature allows you to take photos and videos you share within Messenger discussions and add them to collection that your friends can view. In other words, this is Facebook's version of Snapchat's Stories, right down to the 24 hour time limit.

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