Facebook has finally come up with a Messenger app for the Apple Watch, allowing wearers to send both audio and text messages, and also share their location. The ability to simply talk to Messenger and have the message heard friends will surely make hands-free chat more popular.
Messenger App to be fun for Apple Watch owners
The Messenger app was unveiled at the big “Hey, Siri” launch event yesterday. The Wednesday’s event was used by Apple to unveil the new Gold and Rose Gold Apple Watch Sport. Apple also unveiled more colored sport bands and shared more details of watchOS 2, which is in the beta stage, at the event. A few new flagship apps for the watch were also announced, such as GoPro, iTranslate and AirStrip, a health care provider app.
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However, Facebook Messenger is the most exciting new software of all the above mentioned apps. Facebook Messenger has 700 million monthly users globally, and is the biggest Messaging app is the U.S. (after SMS). With the Messenger app, Apple Watch will no longer remain a device you stare at; instead, it will turn into a more serious communication device.
“With Messenger for Apple Watch, people have a new way to stay connected with those they care about, by sending and receiving voice clips, Likes, stickers and more. We’re excited about the launch of Messenger for this platform and look forward to hearing people’s feedback,” Facebook told TechCrunch.
Facebook missed the original launch
No Facebook was included with the original launch of the Apple Watch, which was a surprise to most people. It did not make sense for the social networker to completely fill the tiny screen with the News Feed, but Instagram did offered a way to view its photos on the Apple Watch. During this period of time, thousands of other apps for the Apple Watch apps were launched. Several start-ups (Voxer, Glide and Telegram) introduced their messaging apps, hoping to dominate the wrist messaging chat.
Facebook is clearly more confident now with its messaging app for the smart watch. A few screen shots were shared by the head honcho of Facebook Messenger, David Marcus, showing audio messages, group messages, and a sticker search engine, location sharing and stickers.