Google updated its Phone app to include a Facebook Messenger-like "chat heads" feature, which is currently rolling out. Users will see a floating icon on their display with the contact photo of the person they're on the phone with.
Messenger Kids allows kids under 13 to communicate through text, video chat, and more. Currently available on iOS, Amazon Fire tablets, and Android, parents are in control of approving specific contacts for their child.
On Valentine's Day, Facebook Messenger is introducing new features for couples who have make their relationship Facebook official. Couples will be able to use special effects, personalize their conversations, and more.
Centered around its Access smartwatch collection, Michael Kors released its first chatbot. Available for the Access Sofie on Facebook Messenger and Google Assistant, the bot can educate users on the watch's functions.
If you're one of the 1.3 billion people who uses Facebook Messenger each month, get ready for some exciting changes in 2018. Facebook VP David Marcus offered some hints in his latest blog post about upcoming changes to Facebook Messenger.
Heads up Chrome for desktop users -- a cryptocurrency mining bot is spreading through Facebook Messenger. It appears in the form of a video file sent by friends, and installs a malicious Chrome extension.
Facebook Messenger has grown from a simple messaging platform to one that supports video and group chats on Android and iOS. This year, Messenger saw its biggest year yet with more than 1.3 billion users.
Sending a Pin to a friend on Messenger is now even simpler, thanks to a new Pinterest extension and chatbot. The extension brings new options when sharing a Pin inside of Messanger, including finding similar Pins.
Facebook is testing a program called Messenger Broadcast that would allow businesses to send messages to a number of users at once. It's similar to a chatbot conversation but allows businesses to start the conversation, with exceptions.
Facebook Messenger will no longer downsize photos to 2K with new 4K resolution support that allows friends to share more detailed photos. PayPal's Messenger extension also sees a new ability to send invoices in-app.
In an effort to help clamp down on revenge porn posting on Facebook in Australia, the social network and e-Safety Commissioner are now advising those at risk to pre-emptively upload their own pictures so they can be 'hashed.'