Facebook has launched a dedicated Messenger app for the iPhone and Android in the UK, enabling Brits to communicate over the social network more easily than before.
The app, which is essentially the same as the chat function available in the Facebook applications for the respective platforms, allows users to send and receive instant messages to friends and their mobile contacts. Even if they don’t have the Messenger yet, they can be contacted via text messages from directly within the app.
Users will receive free push notifications for incoming missives. Group conversation, which means multiple participants can join in a single chat session, is also available.
Additionally, users can attach photos and locations to messages and control the alert settings for each conversation, so as not to be interrupted all the time.
Lucy Zhang of Facebook said when the service launched stateside last month: "More and more of us rely on our phones to send and receive messages. But it isn't always easy to know the best way to reach someone on their phone. Should you send an email or text? Which will they check first? Did they even get your last message?
“We think messaging should be easier than that. You should be able to write a message, click "Send" and know that you will reach the person right away.”
Facebook Messenger is free to download right now from the App Store and Android Market.