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Facebook Messenger is getting swipe-to-quote replies

Back in October, Facebook finally granted WhatsApp users on Android the ability to swipe on a message to reply to it. Although this let us enjoy something iOS users had for a while, the company's Messenger platform still didn't allow users to quote a particular message to reply to it. However, the social media giant is working on making its messaging services more consistent with each other. Indeed, after allowing you to unsend messages, it's now bringing the swipe-to-quote feature to Messenger as well.

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[Update: Facebook confirms] How to manually enable Facebook Messenger dark mode

Facebook has been teasing the highly-requested dark mode in Messenger since last year's F8 conference, but so far it was only tested in a few countries. It looks like the feature is now available for all Android users — all you have to do is send someone a moon emoji!

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Facebook adds un-sending to Messenger, embracing the revisionist history it wants so badly

In today's world of constantly sending messages on whatever platform you've chosen, you're bound to make a mistake (or several). Whether that's sending something to the wrong person or later regretting that little outburst, there's something to be said for the ability to unsend that message. Now, Facebook is implementing an undo send feature into Messenger.

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Facebook working on unified, encrypted backend for Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp, also considering cross-platform chat

According to a report in the New York Times, Facebook is in the early stages of merging the backend of its three popular messaging apps. WhatsApp and Instagram — both acquired by Facebook after independent success — and the separated Messenger app will share the same infrastructure by the end of 2019 or early next year.

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[Update: Screenshots] Facebook Messenger is testing dark mode, but only in some countries

Facebook has been experimenting with (and subsequently reverting) changes to its Messenger UI over the last few months. All throughout this testing, the most vocal demand we've seen from our own readers was for a dark mode to better supplement the blinding white design. Now, according to famed social app teardown expert Jane Manchun Wong, Facebook Messenger is finally starting to test a dark mode — but only in some countries, and it's still incomplete. 

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Allo, is anybody out there? A brief history of Google's ill-fated messenger [Updated]

Back in April, it was revealed that development for Allo was temporarily suspended while Google redoubled its efforts at spreading the gospel of RCS. At the time, the company reassured consumers that it was still committed to supporting Allo, but the recent news of it's expected shutdown, paired with a total absence of updates for the last ten months, casts those earlier statements into severe doubt.

While Allo's fate hangs in limbo, let's take a look back at the service since its announcement, and speculate a bit on how it got here. 

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Facebook Messenger has finally added an adaptive icon

Sometimes we report ground-breaking, interesting, and engaging news here on Android Police, but you all know that we don't shy away from the fluff either. And in that vein, we're here today to discuss a small, but very significant(TM) change in the Facebook Messenger app: following Instagram, it now has an adaptive icon too. It only took one year!

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Facebook speech recognition software 'Aloha' revealed, 'Portal' confirmed as name for smart speaker/display

After an unsuccessful first attempt at a digital personal assistant inside its Messenger app, Facebook is giving it another go. This time around, the company is focussing its efforts on speech recognition to create a product called Aloha.

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Facebook Messenger Kids lets children add their own friends — with parental oversight

Facebook is currently rolling out a new passphrase feature to its Messenger Kids app, allowing children to send and accept friend requests on their own. Before anyone freaks out, it's important to note that both sets of parents still need to approve the connection.

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Facebook Messenger Kids getting new features focused on being nice, coming to Canada and Peru

Facebook's Messenger Kids came to Android early this year. The app is meant to provide a safer experience for children 13 and younger, having parents more involved in their online communications than they would otherwise be. If you were ever a child, though, you may remember that kids can be pretty mean. Evidently aware of this, Facebook has announced that Messenger Kids will be getting a number of features that encourage nice behavior.

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