Looking for a one stop SMS/IM solution, and are already an avid user of Facebook? The social networking company is hoping this sounds appealing to Android users, as they’ve just released an updated version of their official Messenger app for Android that integrates SMS right into an IM conversation.
How it works is, any user that has their mobile number put into Facebook will be able to send and receive SMS messages through the app when they’re offline, and Facebook IM messages whenever available, similar to how Apple handles iMessage and SMS on iOS.
The update also brings over a brand new UI that borrows heavily from the primary Facebook app, complete with the hidden “drawer” sidebar on the right hand side with the content on the left. The chat UI has also been changed, and now looks rather similar to how texts have looked on a certain mobile platform for quite some time.
The all new Messenger app is available for Android devices now. Facebook says they currently have no plans to bring the new features to iOS devices.