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Facebook Messenger becomes the third non-Google app to reach 5 billion installs on the Play Store

Facebook Messenger becomes the third non-Google app to reach 5 billion installs on the Play Store

With the popularity of Android, plenty of applications have managed to cross over the one billion installs threshold on the Play Store. It's a lot more selective in the five billion-plus club, which only two non-Google apps have ever succeeded in joining. You can finally bump that count up to three, as Facebook Messenger achieved a new milestone for installs just this week.

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Don't expect Facebook Messenger or Instagram Direct to add end-to-end encryption anytime soon

Don't expect Facebook Messenger or Instagram Direct to add end-to-end encryption anytime soon

End-to-end encrypted conversations aren't just for whistleblowers and government officials. These days, more users than ever before are aware of how vital it is to keep conversations away from prying eyes. Apps like Signal and Telegram gained huge new followings earlier this year after WhatsApp botched a privacy policy update, calling attention to the importance of implementing extra security for communication tools. Today, Facebook recommitted to bringing end-to-end encryption to both Messenger and Instagram Direct, but it could take longer than some users are willing to wait.

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Signal updates open-source server code after it failed to for nearly a year

Signal updates open-source server code after it failed to for nearly a year

Signal has always been heralded as the security-aware alternative to WhatsApp and Co. due to its open-source nature, but the nonprofit behind the chat app hasn't always stuck to its original open-source promises. While it regularly publishes the code of its client apps, Signal failed to update the Github repository for its server for almost a year, as reported by German publication Golem — though earlier today, the company pushed out an update with a more recent release.

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Signal starts catching up to WhatsApp by adding custom wallpapers and animated stickers (APK Download)

Signal starts catching up to WhatsApp by adding custom wallpapers and animated stickers (APK Download)

With WhatsApp's recent Facebook-induced privacy woes, Signal and Telegram are enjoying their time in the spotlight. Signal's privacy focus has specifically appealed to a lot of users who decided to switch away from WhatsApp, with the app seeing unprecedented growth and topping global app charts worldwide. But many of those newly-acquired users have quickly noticed Signal's limited feature set, forcing the app's devs to rush and try to plug some holes to keep everyone hooked. A few new features were promised two weeks ago, they showed up in beta last week and are now live in the latest stable version of the app.

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Instagram's integrated Messenger gains vanish mode, chat themes, and Watch Together

Instagram's integrated Messenger gains vanish mode, chat themes, and Watch Together

Facebook promised that it would make messaging easier across all of its apps last year, and we've already seen evidence that the company was working on integrating Facebook Messenger with Instagram. The company made that move official at the end of September, introducing what it's calling a new Messenger experience on Instagram. And now, Instagram is adding a few more of the features initially promised, like Watch Together, chat themes, and vanish mode.

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Instagram and Messenger jump on the ephemeral chat bandwagon with Vanish Mode

Instagram and Messenger jump on the ephemeral chat bandwagon with Vanish Mode

Everyone wants to disappear sometimes — or at the very least, make some embarrassing comment of theirs disappear. Facebook is making that a bit easier by borrowing a feature from Snapchat that makes it possible to send messages that don't stick around. The new "vanish mode" for Messenger and Instagram promises to make messaging a more "spontaneous" experience, and it's starting to roll out now.

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WhatsApp is rolling out peer-to-peer payments in India

WhatsApp is rolling out peer-to-peer payments in India

WhatsApp has been working on a mobile payment solution in India for a long time, with the first test runs starting all the way back in 2018. After this extensive period of trials and an unrelated (attempted) launch of the feature in Brazil, the time has finally come — Facebook has announced that it's launching Payments on WhatsApp in India.

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WhatsApp launches disappearing messages

WhatsApp launches disappearing messages

Telegram and Signal have had disappearing messages for a long time, and even Facebook's own Messenger lets you set delete timers on messages in secrets chats. Now WhatsApp has announced that it's joining its competitors — ephemeral messages are rolling out to the stable version of WhatsApp today.

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Facebook Messenger attempts to keep things fresh with new logo and smattering of features

Facebook Messenger attempts to keep things fresh with new logo and smattering of features

Facebook has been working on unifying Instagram's messaging system with its own Facebook Messenger app since earlier this summer, and now the company is announcing a refreshed look for Messenger complete with new chat themes, custom reactions, and a more colorful logo.

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Facebook Messenger's Watch Together will let you — do we really need to spell this out?

Facebook Messenger's Watch Together will let you — do we really need to spell this out?

We're all trying to feel more connected online these days — the loneliness is strong. Sometimes the group chats and video calls aren't enough, and you wish you could just sit back and watch videos with your friends. Luckily for you, Facebook is continuing its trend of personal connection updates with the launch of Watch Together, a feature that will allow you to view videos simultaneously with a group.

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