Facebook Messenger iPhone App Released, Based on Beluga

The iOS messaging party just got a little more crowded. Facebook launched earlier today a standalone app, called Facebook Messenger. This free app enables Facebook users to group message their friends right from their phone. The app is built upon Beluga Messenger, a company Facebook bought up back in March. The Beluga team oversaw the development of Facebook Messenger.

The app enables you to group chat, send pictures, share your location, and receive messages via Push Notifications. The inbox view is that of your Facebook inbox, keeping all your conversations in check. For your friends on Android, this could be just another way to chat with them (aside from using WhatsApp, Ping, textPlus, and more). With iMessage launching this Fall as part of iOS 5, Apple could see users jumping on Facebook Messenger as it conveniently includes all your Facebook friends.

The app works exactly as described, and messages are sent pretty quickly. You will need to provide your phone number to setup the application. The cool thing about this app is you can just resume your conversations when you’re on your computer, and on your iPhone. That was the beauty of Beluga, and the implementation with Facebook is excellent. You can even note the hint of Beluga’s involvement as seen in the pictures below (note the picture of the BELUGA WHALE):

Click here to download Facebook Messenger–it’s free. Tell me how you like this app in the comments.

[via InsideFacebook]

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  • Missacanada

    I tried it but why seperate app ? And it doesn’t show online friends that’s wht I deleted it immediatly

  • Missacanada

    I tried it but why seperate app ? And it doesn’t show online friends that’s wht I deleted it immediatly

  • Robs562

    Showing online friends is a must!

  • http://www.gamerant.com/ alex_sebenski

    Implement this into the Facebook app. I don’t need two apps for Facebook. There’s a chat button IN THE FACEBOOK APP. Why would I want two apps with facebook chat?
    Get to work on the official iPad app. We know it’s almost done. Release it already.

  • http://www.gamerant.com/ alex_sebenski

    Implement this into the Facebook app. I don’t need two apps for Facebook. There’s a chat button IN THE FACEBOOK APP. Why would I want two apps with facebook chat?
    Get to work on the official iPad app. We know it’s almost done. Release it already.

  • http://www.gamerant.com/ alex_sebenski

    Implement this into the Facebook app. I don’t need two apps for Facebook. There’s a chat button IN THE FACEBOOK APP. Why would I want two apps with facebook chat?
    Get to work on the official iPad app. We know it’s almost done. Release it already.

  • http://www.gamerant.com/ alex_sebenski

    Implement this into the Facebook app. I don’t need two apps for Facebook. There’s a chat button IN THE FACEBOOK APP. Why would I want two apps with facebook chat?
    Get to work on the official iPad app. We know it’s almost done. Release it already.

  • http://www.gamerant.com/ alex_sebenski

    Implement this into the Facebook app. I don’t need two apps for Facebook. There’s a chat button IN THE FACEBOOK APP. Why would I want two apps with facebook chat?
    Get to work on the official iPad app. We know it’s almost done. Release it already.

  • alamarco

    This isn’t an instant messenging application, it’s a text messaging application. That’s why it’s not in the Facebook app and that’s why it doesn’t show online friends. It’s completely different and it seems a lot of people reviewing the app in the app store do not understand the concept of this app.

  • alamarco

    This isn’t an instant messenging application, it’s a text messaging application. That’s why it’s not in the Facebook app and that’s why it doesn’t show online friends. It’s completely different and it seems a lot of people reviewing the app in the app store do not understand the concept of this app.

  • alamarco

    This isn’t an instant messenging application, it’s a text messaging application. That’s why it’s not in the Facebook app and that’s why it doesn’t show online friends. It’s completely different and it seems a lot of people reviewing the app in the app store do not understand the concept of this app.

  • HotDude4ManAction

    Doesn’t work to text numbers in Canada? Well. Not for me anyways.

  • HotDude4ManAction

    Doesn’t work to text numbers in Canada? Well. Not for me anyways.

  • HotDude4ManAction

    Doesn’t work to text numbers in Canada? Well. Not for me anyways.

  • http://twitter.com/juanfmoreno Juan Moreno

    Agree..it’s simple, to the point. Not sure if it really needed to be a separate app. luckily I didn’t get two push notifications ;)

  • http://twitter.com/juanfmoreno Juan Moreno

    Agree..it’s simple, to the point. Not sure if it really needed to be a separate app. luckily I didn’t get two push notifications ;)

  • Cjlee9

    They can’t even get their FB app to work properly so why even come out with this crap…brutal..

  • Cjlee9

    They can’t even get their FB app to work properly so why even come out with this crap…brutal..