Facebook has made an official announcement where it has confirmed that the Messenger application has 1.2 billion monthly active users. This means that the application has 200 million more active users than it had 8 months ago.
This announcement has been made by David Marcus, head of Facebook Messenger, who also confirmed that messages sent per active users has been on a massive rise. In other words, the Facebook Messenger is now head to head with the WhatsApp application, which also currently has 1.2 billion monthly active users (around 200 million users are from India).
There are also reports saying that the global iOS and Android downloads of Facebook Messenger has grown by 5.66% from one year to another, from 145.3 million in the first quarter of 2016 to 153.5m in the first quarter of 2017.
It seems that the developers have done a good thing by separating the Facebook application from the private messaging feature (Facebook Messenger). The Facebook Messenger has evolved a lot by adding payment methods, video calls, chat boots and many other features that are very useful for the users.
Let’s not forget about the newly added feature called “Messenger Day,” which allows you to post videos, photos, which will self-destruct after 24 hours. In other words, this feature has been “stolen” by the developers from Snapchat.
It seems that the developers are now trying to push SMS to the Facebook Messenger application. In fact, they’ve already released a digital assistant named “M” that’s available for US users, which means that the company is now trying to bring artificial intelligence to its services. “M” will pop-up from time to time on your chat window and it will give you some helpful hints.
On the other hand, Facebook application has about 1.9 billion monthly active users, while Instagram has only 600 million users.