Facebook Messenger vs iMessage


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Facebook Messenger
Facebook Messenger is an instant messaging service and software application which provides text and voice communication. Available now for Android and iPhone. Secure Facebook Messenger alternatives are Signal and Telegram. If you are looking for Facebook Messenger alternatives for business pay attention to GoToMeeting, Skype for Business.
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iMessage
iMessage lets you send messages back and forth with anyone on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or a Mac. If you’re a texter, you’ll love Messages on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Now they all come with iMessage, a service that’s an even better kind of texting. Because it’s free for you and anyone texting over Wi-Fi using an iOS device or Mac with iMessage.
Comparing Facebook Messenger vs iMessage is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Facebook Messenger has more user-friendly interface than iMessage because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that iMessage is more popular than Facebook Messenger

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Apple enters customer service arena with iOS Business Chat (in 2017)
- Facebook Messenger gets group video calling (in 2016)
- Facebook Messenger adds end-to-end encryption (in 2016)
- Facebook Messenger adds group calls (in 2016)
- Facebook Messenger now allows to build chatbots (in 2016)
- Facebook launched enterprise messenger (in 2015)
- Facebook Messenger gets free video calls (in 2015)
- Facebook launched dedicated web interface for its Messenger (in 2015)
- Facebook wants to replace business2customer email by its Messenger (in 2015)
- iMessage and FaceTime get two-factor authentication (in 2015)

Looks like Facebook Messenger was recently more active than iMessage (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Facebook Messenger and iMessage meet head to head:

2016 - Facebook Messenger adds group calls to keep up with iMessage


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.