Facebook Messenger for Android: need a Facebook account to use

Facebook has enjoyed a new update of its Messenger application for Android to announce an interesting change: it is no longer necessary to use a Facebook account to use the instant messaging service. One possibility that will continue to evolve.

“Starting today, you can create a Messenger account with just your name and phone number, and start conversations with your contacts on your mobile,” says Facebook in a short announcement published Tuesday on its platform. In other words, the Facebook account is now optional to use Messenger on mobile, Android only for now.

For now, the update is not yet available on Google Play and, according to SlashGear, the feature will be available first for some countries – India, Indonesia, Australia, Venezuela and South Africa – to be proposed in the rest of the world in the coming weeks. Facebook gives no details of the places targeted, but said that “Messenger accounts will be available in the coming weeks”, suggesting that new features will arrive shortly.

If this novelty will probably allow Facebook to expand its instant messaging service on mobile, and nibble the popularity of SMS, register with his mobile number rather than his Facebook account still may limit the scope contacts: in fact, will appear in the list of connected that mobile users who also use this same method of connection to Messenger, and whose phone number is stored in the user’s address book. It will therefore get the message to contacts … via Facebook, perhaps?

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Edited on 05/13/2016 at 10:13

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