Facebook's Messenger app for Android has been updated, and here's the changelog:

  1. Now it’s even easier to reach groups of friends on the go:
  2. Text everyone for free, using your existing data plan
  3. Reach friends wherever they are now – on their phone or the web
  4. Know who’s seen your message, and who hasn’t
  5. See where friends are messaging you from

Now, you're probably wondering what Facebook means by "texting" - they mean the app will send SMS notifications of your messages to people who aren't using the app but are on your friends list, and have their mobile phone number listed on their profile. And they have to opt in to this feature in the first place. Which, honestly, seems utterly useless. Really, it sounds more like they're just calling using Facebook Messenger "texting" in order to confuse / lure the less technically inclined into using it. Shady much?

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And, of course, you'll still have two Messenger icons, one for the standard Facebook app's Messenger, and one for the standalone Messenger app. Gee Facebook, thanks for clogging my app drawer.

Basically, all you need to know is that Facebook Messenger now has a feature that shows you if someone has read messages you've sent them - that's really all that's changed. And they're trying to trick your mom into thinking it's equivalent to SMS messaging with the new description, and by placing it right next to the stock Android Messaging app. Thanks, Facebook - you stay classy.