Facebook Messenger vs WhatsApp
Last updated: February 11, 2017
Facebook Messenger is an instant messaging service and software application which provides text and voice communication.. Available now for Android and iPhone.
WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia and yes, those phones can all message each other! Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends.
Latest news about Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp:
11.02.17. WhatsApp enabled two-factor authentication for everyone. WhatsApp is making two-factor verification possible for all of its one billion plus users. By using a passcode to verify your phone number it decreases the likelihood a WhatsApp account can be accessed by a third party. WhatsApp, which has been heavily criticised for sharing user information with the Facebook family of companies, says providing it with your email address will allow for two-step verification to be turned off if the passcode is forgotten. WhatsApp says two-step verification is an optional feature. To turn it on, make sure you have the latest version of the app, and go to Settings. From settings, visit account, then two-step verification and press enable.
20.12.16. Facebook Messenger gets group video calling. Facebook Messenger just added group video calling. The chat app now allows groups of up to six users to make video calls directly from their messages. The feature, available now to anyone with the latest version of the app. Starting a group call works the same way as it does for one-to-one video calls in the app: tapping the camera icon in the top right corner while in a chat will begin the video call. Facebook has limited the calls to groups of six, though up to 50 other participants to join in without video once the limit is reached. Recall that Messenger's bro WhatsApp added only one-to-one video calling last month.
15.11.16. WhatsApp launches video calls. Facebook-owned chat service WhatsApp is launching video calling for its over 1 billion users worldwide on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. To use the new feature, WhatsApp users can hit the call button in the top right corner of a conversation, which will bring up an overlaid interstitial asking if you want to voice or video call the friend or family member you’re chatting with. To kick off the video call, you simply select the “video call” option from this screen. With video calling, WhatsApp is belatedly catching up with a number of rivals, including Facebook’s own Messenger app, for example, as well as Skype, Apple’s FaceTime, Viber, LINE and Google’s recently launched Duo, to name a few.
06.10.16. Facebook Messenger adds end-to-end encryption. Facebook Messenger chats can now be secure with the help of new feature - "secret conversations". Once you have enabled Secret Conversations, Messenger will encrypt conversations, preventing any unauthorized party from decoding your chats. In addition to texts and photos, Facebook has put the encryption layer on stickers as well, but videos and GIFs are not included. Furthermore, the feature doesn't work for group chats, and it needs to be turned on for each individual conversation. Facebook is also offering users Snapchat-like ability to have their messages self-destruct after a specified duration. To get these features, you need to ensure Messenger app is updated on your Android phone or iPhone. There's no word on what happens to Windows Phone (or Windows 10 Mobile, as they like to call it now) users.
11.05.16. WhatsApp launched desktop version for Mac and Windows. WhatsApp has launched desktop clients for Mac and Windows. People who have already been using WhatsApp on their web browsers will find that software isn’t significantly different. The desktop app is an extension of your phone app, with all messages synced between devices. Giving power users who rely on WhatsApp for work communications, desktop options helps it competes against other messaging services, like iMessenger, WeChat, and Skype. WhatsApp is currently testing out B2C accounts, which would give it a new revenue source after dropping its 99 cent annual subscription fee.
22.04.16. Facebook Messenger adds group calls. Facebook Messenger users now can start a group VoIP audio call from any group chat. Just tap the Phone icon, select which of the group chat members you want included and they’ll all receive a Messenger call simultaneously. If you miss the initial call but it’s still in progress, you can tap the Phone icon in the group chat to join the call. At any time you can see who’s on the call and send another ping to anyone who hasn’t joined. The maximum number of participants in a call - 50.
13.04.16. Facebook Messenger now allows to build chatbots. Facebook Mesenger will now allow businesses to deliver automated customer support, e-commerce guidance, content and interactive experiences through chatbots like Kik, Line and Telegram that have their own bot platforms. Zuckerberg explained that with AI and natural language processing combined with human help, people will be able to talk to Messenger bots just like they talk to friends. Through the Messenger Platform’s new Send/Receive API, bots can respond with structured messages that include text, images, links and call to action buttons. These could let users make a restaurant reservation, review an e-commerce order and more. You can swipe through product carousels and pop out to the web to pay for a purchase. A new persistent search bar at the top of Messenger will help people discover bots.
06.04.16. WhatsApp now supports full end-to-end encryption. Facebook owned messenger WhatsApp has now fully implemented strong end-to-end encryption on its platform and across all mobile platforms for which it offers apps. End-to-end encryption means the content of communications are not stored in plaintext on WhatsApp’s servers. Nor is the company able to decrypt users’ messages to access them since it does not hold the encryption keys. So WhatsApp will be unable to be compelled to hand over messaging data — even if served with a warrant by authorities demanding access. WhatsApp partnered with Open Whisper Systems and has integrated its widely respected end-to-end encryption Signal Protocol. Although the completion of default end-to-end encryption is a hugely important security milestone for the WhatsApp platform, it does not mean that from here on in every communication sent via the app is end-to-end encrypted, because that’s reliant on all users being upgraded to the latest version of the software.
18.01.16. WhatsApp will go free and add features for business. Whatsapp has announced it will drop its subscription fee, making the service free for everyone. And it won't start showing third-party ads to users. Instead, it will add features to better connect users with business and organizations. That could mean communicating with your bank about whether a recent transaction was fraudulent, or with an airline about a delayed flight. Whatsapp wants to charge organizations and business for establishing channels with their users through the service Whatsapp, which has been acquired by Facebook for $16 billion in Feb. 2014, currently has "nearly" 1 billion users, according to the post. Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said on several occasions he expects the service to hit that milestone, at which point it would become ripe for monetization.
25.11.15. Facebook launched enterprise messenger. Facebook at Work, the version of Facebook designed for chatting with colleagues on a private social network, now has its own chat client as well. Somewhat like Facebook at Work’s version of Messenger, the new Work Chat app, as it’s called, allows coworkers to message each other individually, participate in group chats, share photos and videos, make voice calls, and even use stickers. The Android app is already available, and the iOS version is in the works and will arrive soon. The enterprise version of Facebook looks a lot like the consumer version of Facebook, and includes its own website as well as Facebook at Work mobile applications for iOS and Android. Employers can set up new accounts for their staff to use on the platform, and users can choose to link their personal and work accounts together. The service also allows for other business use cases, like document sharing, discussions, announcements, groups, project collaborations, events, and more.
26.08.15. WhatsApp web client adds iOS support. WhatsApp has added iOS to the platforms supported by its web app. This means that iPhone users can now sync their accounts and chats to WhatsApp Web. When WhatsApp Web launched in January, it supported Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry but did not include iOS “due to Apple platform limitations,” said the messaging service, which was acquired by Facebook in 2012 for $19 billion. WhatsApp claimed it hit 800 million monthly active users in April, but it lags behind competitors like WeChat and KakaoTalk in core Asian markets such as China and South Korea. Another rival is Line, which is currently the top messaging service in Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand.
29.04.15. Facebook Messenger gets free video calls. Facebook Messenger has launched free VOIP video calling over cellular and wifi connections on iOS and Android in the U.S., Canada, UK, and 15 other countries. Facebook’s goal is to connect people face to face no matter where they are or what mobile connection they have. With Messenger, someone on a new iPhone with strong LTE in San Francisco could video chat with someone on a low-end Android with a few bars of 3G in Nigeria. Facebook first introduced desktop video calling in partnership with Skype in 2011, but eventually built its own video call infrastructure. Bringing it to mobile could Messenger a serious competitor to iOS-only FaceTime, clunky Skype, and less-ubiquitous Google Hangouts.
09.04.15. Facebook launched dedicated web interface for its Messenger. Facebook has launched Messenger.com - a dedicated chat interface for Facebook Messenger. You can still send messages from Facebook.com as always, but Messenger.com could become a favorite of busy users concerned with productivity, or those that use Facebook to chat with friends but don’t like the social content chaos of its main site. The Messenger site features a list of your threads on the left, with a big, clean, white chat window on the right. You can use most of the mobile app’s features from here, including audio and video calls, stickers, and photos. For now it lacks the ability to record and send audio messages, instantly send a photo from your web cam, or use the new Messenger platform content sharing apps. But just like splitting Messenger’s app off from Facebook on mobile, doing the same on the web could give the company more room to pack in bonus features that differentiate it from SMS and other chat apps.
27.03.15. Facebook wants to replace business2customer email by its Messenger. Facebook is aiming to use its Messenger to reinvent communication between customers and businesses. The idea is that people hate touch-tone phone tree customer service calls. Endless email threads are annoying too. People would rather just text asynchronously in a single chat thread. To allow that Facebook is working with an initial set of partners including Everlane and Zulily to change how people contact them. For example, if you buy something through Everlane, but want to modify, track, or return your order, you’ll be able to contact the business through Messenger. And rather than getting individual emails about order confirmation and your order shipping, you’ll be able to opt to get those messages in Messenger. Customer support will be permitted over Messenger thanks to an integration with ZenDesk. Businesses that already use live chat systems for customer support will be able to run that communication over Messenger.
22.01.15. WhatsApp launches web browser version. The popular international mobile messaging app WhatsApp has unveiled a web browser-based version of its service. For now the web application is only compatible with WhatsApp user accounts from Android, Windows and weirdly enough, Blackberry. For now iPhone owners won’t have access to WhatsApp’s desktop client. Furthermore, WhatsApp’s desktop web browser version only works on Google Chrome. Fortunately for the company, the app’s audience is largely international, and Android dominates the international market by far.
14.06.14. Facebook Messenger adds video messaging. Facebook has updated its Messenger app for iOS and Android devices, giving users the ability to record and send 15-second video messages. The world of instant messaging is becoming increasingly important as IM apps replace SMS text messages. Not only are IM apps more versatile - you can send pictures and now videos, rather than just words - they're also cheaper. Unlike SMS, which charges for each message, the only cost for instant messages is the price of your data allowance. Even better, if you're connected to Wi-Fi, every message is free.