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Notifications of change start rolling out today

Facebook users are notoriously hard to please. Any time the social network tries to make changes, hoards of users take to the internet to complain. A new change that Facebook is getting ready to implement will undoubtedly make some users angry.
Facebook is set to remove chat/messaging functionality from the main iPhone and Android apps in favor of pushing people to install Facebook Messenger. Facebook has been working up to this change for a while with the main Facebook app replacing the chat button with a hotlink that opened the chat application for users with both apps installed.
There are a few ways to avoid mandatory installation of Facebook Messenger according to The Verge, including:
  • If you own an Android device too old to support the app
  • If you use Facebook Paper
  • If you use a Windows Phone or tablet device
While some users will certainly be upset over this, anyone who doesn't use chat much may welcome a cleaner main app with fewer notifications.
This move by Facebook makes a lot more sense when you take into account its major purchase earlier this year of WhatsApp

Sources: TechCrunch, The Verge

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I always just used the mobile site.
By quiksilvr on 4/10/2014 9:46:28 AM , Rating: 2
It was pretty much just like the app except faster, less resource intensive and far less invasive (and doesn't really take all that much space on your system). Chat works fine on the mobile site too.

RE: I always just used the mobile site.
By atechfan on 4/10/2014 10:16:57 AM , Rating: 2
I feel that way about every app that is just a front end for a website. Why do you need a Youtube App, Twitter App, Gmail app, Instagram app, etc. when you can access all of these from your browser just fine.

RE: I always just used the mobile site.
By techxx on 4/10/2014 10:28:43 AM , Rating: 2
The front-end apps are made to make interfacing with the services dramatically easier. People like to use these services when they are away from their desktop computers.

RE: I always just used the mobile site.
By joshuasims1981 on 4/10/2014 10:38:05 AM , Rating: 2
It's also a security thing. Going through unsecured WiFi, like a McD's, or Panera, or whatever, it's not hard to steal passwords through the site. However, the App has a lot tighter security system. Banks are especially that way.

By quiksilvr on 4/10/2014 11:17:11 AM , Rating: 2
Websites follow the same security standards. Facebook is set to https and so are mobile bannking sites. I do agree integrating with the phone is better but for the casual user that doesn't upload a photo 50 times a day the Facebook app is pretty useless IMO.

By NellyFromMA on 4/10/2014 3:00:59 PM , Rating: 2
Because an app can provide WAY more information about you and your usage and browsing tendenacies. They can collect a large amount of data strictly via the websites, but the apps are where the real data is at.

By TakinYourPoints on 4/11/2014 2:31:34 AM , Rating: 3
Native apps are much faster and more responsive than web apps. Facebook on browser is not nearly as smooth as the native mobile app. Back when the Facebook native app was HTML 5 wrapped inside an app its performance was abysmal. When it went native the performance skyrocketed, everything become smooth and instantaneous overnight.

The same goes for Twitch TV, GMail, Steam, Twitter, Youtube, MLB, IMDB, Yelp, etc. Pretty much anything native is faster with a better UI than its browser counterpart.

By iamkyle on 4/10/2014 10:55:37 AM , Rating: 1
"On tablets or Windows phone devices".

Missed BlackBerry there Shane. Microsoft took a cue from BB10 and integrated the FB messenger service into the OS without the need for using the FB app.


RE: typo
By inighthawki on 4/10/2014 11:19:22 AM , Rating: 1
I'm fairly certain Windows Phone has had facebook integration way before BB10 with WP7.

RE: typo
By dew111 on 4/11/2014 3:44:39 PM , Rating: 2
I had WP7 on the Samsung Focus, yes it did. But I think this is happening on WP8.1 too. Which really sucks. And staying on WP8 just for the fbook chat integration isn't very appealing.

That's funny
By inperfectdarkness on 4/10/2014 11:37:58 AM , Rating: 2
I'm still using Skype and I really don't care to have anything to do with FB. Ever.

RE: That's funny
By Zak on 4/11/2014 1:28:17 PM , Rating: 2
FB and Skype are completely different animals.

Oh well.
By NatePo717 on 4/11/2014 2:41:14 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like I'm done chatting with friends on Facebook. Oh well.

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