Facebook today announced that it has added a very big feature to its standalone Messenger app for Android. The app is now capable of sending and receiving text messages, meaning Android users can now use Messenger instead of a native or any other text messaging app for their Android device. Facebook Messenger boss David Marcus says this feature has been created with the aim of making Messenger the best SMS client for Android.
The addition of this new feature means that users now have one integrated place for all of their messaging. They can obviously use Messenger to chat with friends on Facebook, and now they can use it to text with people as well, all from within one app.
Marcus says that a lot of Android texting apps have not kept up with the evolution of messaging, and that’s why Facebook felt it had to make Messenger the best SMS client available for Android.
Aside from being a fully integrated messaging solution, Messenger for Android now enables users to send stickers, voice clips, and even share their location over SMS on top of standard texting features. There’s support for chat heads as well for quick access to texting threads.
The updated Facebook Messenger for Android is rolling out to most countries starting today.