One of the biggest reasons for which smart phones have taken over so easily is because of the ability they grant you to be able to talk to anyone, anywhere, as long as you have internet. Messengers are some of the most used smart phone apps, with Facebook Messenger being one of the biggest players on the market. According to a number of new reports, the company has made SMS support and multiple accounts available for Facebook Messenger.
First things first, Facebook has started working on re-implementing the SMS feature for its Messenger app. Still in development, and only available to select United States users, the SMS feature was present before in the app, but the company removed in 2013 after deeming it underused.
However, now that the social media conglomerate is pursuing its plans of eliminating phone numbers, the once removed feature is of utmost importance to the company. For starters, the changes will only occur for Android users, as the feature needs to be very well integrated with the OS.
People were speculating that Facebook had pulled the SMS feature because they wanted users to focus more on the Messenger app itself rather than on SMSs, but with over 800 million current users, there will most likely never be a better time to bring it back.
The feature will work pretty much like the current Facebook app, only with a few exceptions. You will receive notifications called “Message requests”, which will come joined by some information about the sender. You will not have to be friends with the user in order to send him a “message request”, and thankfully the sender will not be able to see when the receiver has read the message.
Second of all, Facebook is going to add a new feature to its app, supporting multiple accounts for the same user. According to the company, this is because of the surprisingly large number of cases in which two or more users share the same account.
With the new feature, multiple users will be able to use the same account on the same device, each of them protected individually by different passwords in order to maintain privacy. Although, in my opinion, if you share your Facebook account with somebody, you’re already far beyond the need for privacy.
As the company moves on with its plans for the future, Facebook is partnering up with more and more companies. Uber and their rivals, Lyft, are some of these partners, with the company making the payments viable through Facebook Messenger alone.
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