Introduced in 2012 as a spin-off, standalone desktop and mobile application solution, Facebook messenger seeks to distinguish itself among the ever-evolving array of communications apps.
Comparable in many ways to Apple’s own, world-renowned iMessage service, Facebook messenger allows text, audio, and even video communication between individuals and groups over 4G and WiFi.
Facebook messenger is currently one of the only cross-platform communications solutions that enables both text, audio, voice and video calling. The Facebook messenger application is currently available on multiple platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows Phone, in addition to desktop PC/Mac clients.
Most recent to join the club of compatible devices is the new Apple Watch, which allows for an assortment of new capabilities right from the top of your wrist.
Compatible in part by the newest Watch OS 2, the Facebook messenger app has been reinvented in the form of its own, dedicated Apple Watch variant. And, although the watch is far too small for adding text input, the Apple Watch is capable of accessing Facebook contacts, sending and receiving voice clips, stickers, likes, and emojis — those cute little emotion-based characters that can often add more to a story than words alone.
Facebook is touting that its Messenger app for the Apple Watch is bound to usher in a new era of hands-free communication, while simultaneously boasting the ability to share one’s location, voice clips, and short text messages.
Keep in mind that, in order to utilize the Facebook messenger app for Apple Watch, the device must be connected via Bluetooth to an iPhone 5s or later. By also utilizing the Facebook Messenger app on iOS, one can seamlessly integrate the Watch and Mobile versions, thereby maintaining a streamlined means by which to send/receive messages on both devices.
Once integrated into the Facebook experience as a feature that provided for person to person messaging, Facebook messenger has no doubt come a long way in the respect of both becoming its own, standalone application, as well as offering competitive services and complementary features that blur the lines of what a comprehensive communications experience can be.
Enter the new Apple Watch variant and associated feature enhancements thereof, and, once again, Facebook is redefining the standards of what it means to keep in touch with those who matter most.