iPad Version of Facebook Messenger App Already in Development

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Good news for Facebook fans with iPads. As 9to5Mac reports, Facebook are actively working on an iPad version of their Facebook Messenger app.

While Facebook has focused on smartphones for its standalone Facebook Messenger app, the company is currently developing a version for the Apple iPad. A reliable source has provided an in-depth look at an early beta version of Facebook Messenger iPad, and those comfortable with the iPhone version should feel right at home with the new app. Facebook Messenger for iPad is basically a larger version of the iPhone application with one-to-one messaging, group chatting, push notifications, the ability to see friend locations on a map, and more.

If you’re a Facebook user this may well prove a better option than Apple’s Messages app – since Facebook cuts across many platforms and this app won’t restrict you to just chatting with other iOS users. Here’s the list of what you can do with the current Facebook Messenger iPhone app:

• Send messages instantly to other friends who have Messenger
• Chat with friends who are on Facebook
• Get free push notifications for incoming messages
• Attach location and photos to messages
• Access sent and received messages on both Messenger and Facebook
• Create group conversations for making plans on the go
• Add more friends to group conversations at any time
• Control alert and location settings for each conversation

And here’s my favorite line from the 9to5Mac report on this:

While the application is essentially just a larger version of the iPhone app, the fact that Facebook is working on such an app shows the company’s dedication to all of Apple’s platforms.

That’s pretty much the opposite of Google’s attitude right now – as we’ve seen with the lack of a Google+ app for iPad and recently with the launch of Google’s next big thing, Google Drive, with no iOS apps at release.

Patrick Jordan

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