Facebook Messenger goes universal with new iPad-optimized version

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in iPad edited July 2014
Social networking behemoth Facebook on Thursday released a new version of its Facebook Messenger application for iOS that brings with it a new user interface optimized specifically for the larger screens found on Apple's iPads.




With the update to version 7.0, Facebook users will no longer have to make do with a stretched version of the iPhone user interface when messaging friends on one of Apple's tablets. On the iPad, Facebook Messenger sports a split view with the contact list on the left-most third of the display and the conversation pane on the right, like most other messaging applications.

The iPad version retains much of the functionality of the iPhone variant, including sticker packs and voice calling. Video messaging -- added with the version 6.0 update in June -- appears to be missing, however.

Along with the universal layout, Facebook promises bug fixes and more reliable voice calling. The company also says changes were made to its backend services that will allow users to more quickly determine which of their friends are currently online.

Facebook Messenger version 7.0 is available now as a free, 39-megabyte download from the App Store.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    applezillaapplezilla Posts: 941member

    Just like Foursquare's 'Swarm' app, I don't care.

     

    Stop pushing these junior apps on us.

  • Reply 2 of 9
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,654member

    So now they're even conducting "social" experiments on their dumb users.<img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

     

    No Facebook anything will ever be installed on any devices or computers that I own. Hell no.:no:

  • Reply 3 of 9
    manfrommarsmanfrommars Posts: 104member

    One version of the app sends only sad messages, the other one only happy messages.  Enjoy!

  • Reply 4 of 9
    darklitedarklite Posts: 229member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AppleZilla View Post

     

    Just like Foursquare's 'Swarm' app, I don't care.

     

    Stop pushing these junior apps on us.


    See, I'd be inclined to agree with you, except for one key fact: the Facebook Messenger app is substantially better and quicker than the actual Facebook app. It's so different it seems like it's by a different company.

  • Reply 5 of 9
    freerangefreerange Posts: 1,587member
    No thank you! I value my privacy!
  • Reply 6 of 9
    freerangefreerange Posts: 1,587member
    darklite wrote: »
    See, I'd be inclined to agree with you, except for one key fact: the Facebook Messenger app is substantially better and quicker than the actual Facebook app. It's so different it seems like it's by a different company.

    But in fact it's from the same scumbag company - the one that invades your privacy...
  • Reply 7 of 9
    TOTALLY agree
  • Reply 8 of 9
    philboogiephilboogie Posts: 7,438member
    That is one fugly way to display an iPad. So ugly it isn't even that recognisable, with the overly rounded corners.

    Facebook. What a sad company, with sad customers.
  • Reply 9 of 9

    I'm actually enjoying the Facebook Messenger app for my iPad. The Facebook site messaging feature is horrendous.    

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