I know, you were really hoping for that extra special upgrade that Zuckerberg has been teasing ever since he admitted that HTML5 was a mistake. This should be a nice little improvement, though. Now, no matter which app you do your Facebook messaging from, whether it's messaging in Facebook, or via Facebook Messenger (confused yet?), you'll be able to see which of your friends is online, whether they're mobile, and even pin select friends that you talk to most to the top of the list.

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There is also a new, somewhat familiar look to the threads themselves. Additionally, you can "try texting with Messenger" which is a feature that is only available on some phones it seems. It's a little unclear on how to accomplish this. Also among the weird quirks is that now, in the Messenger application, you can swipe to the left to reveal the users list. However, this same action from the Messages section in the Facebook app will not work, despite having virtually the same UI in every other way. We'd suggest Ron should take a crack at Facebook next, but we're not sure there's enough space on the internet for what he'd find.

Still, it's a mildly nicer Messaging experience than we've had before. Hopefully this will keep us satisfied until this mythical new Android app finally appears.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • ProductFRED

    Then why should I care?

    (not about your article)

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexslx Alexandre Leites

    Too many "Messaging" apps on my drawer...

  • http://ridukkokun.wordpress.com/ Dukkokun

    Just reporting that Messenger has become unavaible for Nexus 7.

  • http://twitter.com/Ricksta760 Ricardo

    it might not be a native app but it sure seems to run and load much faster on my galaxy nexus. Plus i'm getting notifications MUCH quicker.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678937465 Michael Quinn

      Same here

    • Manny


  • http://www.facebook.com/bankschris Chris Banks

    I wish that they would just combine the messenger app with the main app. Seems stupid having two ways to message people.

    • Darkbotic

      Some people use Facebook for messaging only.
      Also, the Messenger app push notifications are faster and better than FB app.

  • Hal Motley

    Nice to see Emoji in there.

  • http://twitter.com/vinceklein Vince Klein

    Nice step in the right direction, I like.

  • Glenn

    If the Facebook Messenger update has taught me anything, it's that clearly, SMS/MMS app integration is not that hard if Facebook devs have included it. And hopefully that means Google will get their act together and merge Talk with Messenger soon, because that app is worlds ahead of stock Messaging app.

  • thewafflehouse

    I've tested the new update on 3 different devices so far, an Atrix running 2.3.4 Stock, a SGSIII Running CM10 and a SGSII Running CM10. On both CM10 devices it was able to integrate texts to the messenger software. On the Atrix, it wasn't. I suspect when I put the Atrix on CM10 tomorrow, it will work fine.

    The reason for this could be Facebook may run into issues with non-stock Text Message software, or it could be something involving ICS/JellyBean. I'll need to do more testing to find out, I'll start with the Atrix with CM7 and see if it integrates, then do CM9, and finally CM10.

  • Mike

    Love the new update !!!