To kick SMS, Facebook Messenger cooking SMS

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Surround and conquer is Facebook’s new plan for removing people to switch from SMS to Messenger. You can now review and send old-school content messages from inside Facebook Messenger for Android.

With this near-global rollout of a SMS feature, Facebook is touting ease, as we won’t have to burst behind and onward between discuss interfaces if your friends are separate between them. “There are other SMS clients out there. Some are utterly popular, focused on customization,” says Facebook product manager Andrea Vaccari. Apps like GO SMS Pro and QKSMS let we name special tone themes and more. “But what we consider we can yield is convenience,” Vaccari tells me.

By absorbing people’s content threads for one-stop management, afterwards highlighting the ability to Facebook-message someone over the choice to SMS them, it could palliate users into a transition to all Messenger, all a time.

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Facebook initial integrated SMS into Messenger for Android in 2012, display texts in both a default messages app and Messenger. But it forsaken a underline in 2013 after diseased traction, expected in a gambit to concentration on boosting Messenger usage. Then in Feb 2016, Messenger started contrast a complicated chronicle of SMS in Messenger.

SMS in Messenger

Starting currently in many countries, users can open Messenger for Android, go to their settings, name “SMS” and spin on “Default SMS App.” All your SMS conversations will afterwards seem in Messenger as purple threads, alongside your blue Facebook chats. You’ll still be means to accept and review SMS in other apps, including a customary Android system, though you’ll usually be means to send from SMS. Standard SMS fees still apply.

Users on any height can accept SMS sent by Messenger, and they won’t be means to tell it wasn’t sent from a customary texting app. But since Apple doesn’t yield as most coherence for developers, iOS provides no choice to change your SMS client, and there are no skeleton to move this Facebook underline to a iPhone.

Ingesting a standing quo

Once we bond SMS to Messenger, you’ll be means to send Facebook Stickers as good as images, videos and audio as content messages. SMS can also seem and be answered by Chat Heads, a Messenger underline that overlays discuss froth atop other apps you’re using. However, you’ll usually be means to send money, GIFs, make VoIP voice and video calls, or use third-party apps for ride-sharing and some-more inside tangible Messenger threads.

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“A lot of Android texting apps didn’t keep adult with a expansion of messaging, so we felt like we truly had to make Messenger a best SMS customer for Android,” Facebook’s conduct of Messenger David Marcus explains. Eventually, Facebook could prominence a fact that chatting on Messenger is scarcely free, incurring usually tiny information rates, compared to a comparatively costly per-SMS fees some carriers charge.

Facebook Messenger SMSTo strengthen privacy, Facebook does not routine your SMS or store your conversations by a servers, usually on a phone. “The information does not go to Facebook,” Vaccari says. Facebook also won’t combine your SMS threads into Messenger threads with a same person. That could means discuss timeline disharmony if you’ve ever incidentally finished adult Messengering and SMSing with someone during a same time. 

Vaccari says Facebook competence make thread merging an choice down a line, though for now, “We’re not perplexing to change how your SMS behaves. You’re usually regulating a different customer or shell.”

Still, Facebook does one small pretence to preference a possess threads. When we form in a name to harmonise a new message, it will aspect your Facebook friends with that name above their phone series hit from your residence book. This subtly pushes people to Facebook discuss with friends instead of SMS them.

Meanwhile, Facebook is most reduction subtly forcing people onto a Messenger local apps. It began expelling Chat in a categorical Facebook app in 2014, usually charity it in a Messenger messenger app. Then progressing this month, it stopped vouchsafing people discuss from a m.facebook.com mobile site. The association sees messaging as a destiny of social, and it doesn’t caring if it ruffles some feathers to win.

With Messenger during 900 million users and a Facebook-owned WhatsApp during over 1 billion, Facebook dominates a chat-over-data business. Outside of China where WeChat rules, there’s no critical third-party competitor. The standing quo of SMS is what people trip behind to. But now, they could usually slip right into Messenger.