Facebook takes aim at SMS with Messenger update

Facebook takes aim at SMS with Messenger update'

As the humble SMS – short message service – celebrated its 20th birthday earlier this week, its future is far from certain. Facebook today released an update to its Messenger app for Android that allows users to message each other without the need for a Facebook account – something that’s sure to accelerate SMS’s demise.

Messenger is Facebook’s standalone cross-platform messaging app, similar to the hugely popular Whatsapp. Messenger users can message others with the app installed for free using their existing internet data plan or Wi-Fi connection.

The important aspect of today’s announcement is that users no longer need a Facebook account to use Messenger. Although Facebook is the world’s largest social network with over one billion active users, removing the need to use the app with a Facebook account will ultimately encourage more users on board.

Non-Messenger users can associate their mobile number to a Facebook account and reply to messages directly from Facebook.

Messenger is installed on 50-100 million Android devices.

The new feature will be rolled out to Android users over the coming weeks, although the app update is available from today.

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Darren McCarra is co-editor of The Sociable. He has a keen interest in photography, all things mobile, and writing about technology and social media. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

More in Mobile


Newsmeister turns today’s news into a fun & engaging mobile quiz

Craig CorbettNovember 26, 2015

An app that gives you fashion advice in real-time when faced with a dressing room dilemma?

Craig CorbettOctober 23, 2015
Pebble smartwatch

Looking smart with the Pebble smartwatch?

Ciaran TreacyJanuary 21, 2014
Samsung Galaxy S4

What Samsung needs to improve for the Galaxy S5

Ciaran TreacyOctober 28, 2013
Pebble smartwatch

It’s the era of the smartwatch, but is the clock ticking on this new industry?

Ciaran TreacyAugust 28, 2013
Firefox OS smartphone

Firefox, not Apple or Android, will become Nokia’s biggest competitor in the smartphone market

Ciaran TreacyJune 11, 2013
Purchase games and movies on your Xbox using your mobile phone number

Irish company lets you pay for Xbox purchases using your mobile phone

Darren McCarraMay 11, 2013
CCTV Black and white

The problem with social photo syncing

Piers Dillon ScottApril 28, 2013

Google pilots One Today, a new app that makes charitable donations simple

Darren McCarraApril 19, 2013