Facebook Messenger Update 2019
Facebook Messenger Update 2019 – In this article we regularly compile the latest Facebook Messenger updates as well as planned features for app versions on Android and iOS.
Liveblog: As soon as there is new information about Facebook Messenger and new app versions and/or features, we will update this article.
- Facebook Messenger: From now on, already sent messages can be deleted.
- 5 Differences between Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp
- Facebook Messenger 4: major redesign rolled out worldwide and triggers criticism
Update February 6th
What other messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram or Viber have already been offering is now finally also available on Facebook’s blue messaging app. For up to ten minutes after sending a message, a user is now able to delete the sent message! The message is then deleted not only from the user’s own chat history but also from those of other chat participants.
This is a feature that many users have been demanding for a long time. Especially since it recently became known that selected users had already been able to access this feature for some time. Similar to the messaging apps mentioned above, a message about the deletion is transparently displayed to all participants of the chat.
How to delete messages or photos in the chat:
- Open the chat via .
- Tap and hold to open the menu.
- The menu item “Remove” offers “Remove for You” and “Remove for Everyone”.
Update January 21st, 2019.
In addition to updates and new features, we have also been asked many times about the main differences between WhatsApp and the FB Messenger. So let’s take a look at some of the features just like Business Today did a few weeks ago.
1. Facebook Messenger wins 1:0 for Design
Here the FB Messenger is clearly ahead. With FB Messenger 4, users have just received a major redesign, including a logo, which is being rolled out worldwide. The aim of this redesign is to bring more clarity, simplicity and focus on the essentials into the Messenger App. Finally, the FB Messenger also offers a wide range of colors. For example, it is possible to adjust the colors of the chat sequences. WhatsApp is not that advanced yet. WhatsApp’s design still gives an “oldschool impression” compared to other messengers. It just became known that WhatsApp allows sticker integration via third-party providers and that Google as a well-known brand,starts with it.
2. Facebook Messenger wins 2:0 for Image Transfer
We all know it, Facebook’s image recognition. Of course, this also comes into play here, as well as the fact that the FB Messenger doesn’t set any limits for sending messages, while WhatsApp has reduced the forwarding of messages to 5 people (against the background of upcoming fake news). This reduction from 20 to 5 recipients of forwarded messages follows the example of India, where this limitation has already been in practice for some time.
3. WhatsApp scores 1 for Privacy (2:1)
WhatsApp has been and still is often criticized for its privacy. But compared to Facebook Messenger, the “green giant” has one big asset: end-to-end encryption. It comes into effect as soon as two users exchange information and only exists between them, or more precisely between the end devices. The situation is different with Facebook Messenger: a secret conversation can be started here, with encrypting the chat end-to-end on the basis of the protocol developed by Open Whisper Systems.
This protocol is also used for the messenger Signal, which is known for its security. The only problem with Secret Convcersations is that they are device-dependent. If I have a Secret Conversation on the iPhone, I have to create the same chat on the iPad as Secret Conversation (“one device only”). Normal messages on Facebook Messenger are also encrypted, but only until they reach the Facebook servers. If government agencies need to view a chat history, on reasonable suspicion, Facebook can provide them with this information. This is not possible with WhatsApp.
4. 2:2 because WhatsApp enables a deletion function for sent messages
While WhatsApp offers the complete deletion of already sent messages, this is not the case with FB Messenger.
Facebook Messenger is finally working on “Unsend Message” in the app for everyone!
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) October 12, 2018
The Unsend feature (only iOS) for the FB Messenger rolled out in November contains the following points: The complete deletion, i.e. unsending, can only be realized within 10 minutes after sending a message. In addition, Facebook stores the message for an undefined period of time to prevent it from violating the guidelines. Finally, the rollout began in November in the following countries: Poland, Bolivia, Colombia and Lithuania.
5. 3:3 due to (video/audio) (Group-) Calling on FB Messenger and WhatsApp
The preference for calling is clearly WhatsApp. The most important reason for this is the fact that WhatsApp calls (audio, video) work even with weak internet connections. In group conversations, the FB Messenger wins, also because with a maximum of 50 participants it allows more than WhatsApp, which supports just four participants in conducting a joint conversation via audio/video.
Update 10. Januar
We had already reported on the redesign at the end of last year. Now the global rollout of Messenger 4 has arrived to all users worldwide and the opinions on the new UI design diverge as expected. As with all major changes, some users are of course less enthusiastic about it.
this new messenger make me wanna go pic.twitter.com/R1XPjZRQPe
— neeko (@tablangista) November 13, 2018
From an objective point of view, Facebook consistently follows the path of simplifying usability with this update. With three instead of 9 Tabs, the design appears much cleaner and thus also creates easier access for discovering users and, above all, company accounts. Another consistent step on the part of Facebook to accelerate communication with companies via Messenger.
In addition, it serves to prepare the upcoming dark mode, which will also be available to all users in the coming months and above all serves to reduce power consumption when using the Messaging app.
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