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Facebook Messenger for iPad is now available

Social network releases tablet-optimised app for iOS
Thu Jul 03 2014, 17:02
Facebook Messenger for Apple iPad

SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook has finally released an iPad optimised version of its Messenger app.

Facebook Messenger 7.0 arrived on Thursday and finally brings with it support for the Apple iPad, not surprising given that the social network is forcing users to use Messenger for chat, having pulled the functionality from its core applications.

This news didn't go down very well with users, but for those with an iPad, today's release might be welcome.

The iPad optimised Facebook Messenger app works much the same as the iPhone version, featuring the same video sharing and calling features and, of course, sticker packs. The user interface has been tweaked to take advantage of the iPad's larger screen, however, with Messenger offering a split-screen design - placing contacts in the left sidebar and conversations on the right.

Facebook Messenger 7.0 for iOS also makes calls more reliable, and fixes a performance issue so that the list of active Facebook friends shows up faster.

Facebook also rolled out a minor update to its Android app on Wednesday, which saves videos shot in Messenger to a phone's Gallery app and brings with it a handful of bug fixes. Facebook still has yet to announce when it will release a version of Messenger optimised for Android tablets, however.

Facebook Messenger is available to download for free from both the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

While a tablet version of the Facebook Messenger app has finally arrived, there is still no word as to when Facebook-owned Instagram will release an iPad app. µ


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