|Phenny Lynn Palec |||Jun 05, 2016 02:24 PM EDT|
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Facebook has announced that it is gearing up to make a major change on its mobile web application. Facebook said that it would be removing the messaging feature from its mobile app to promote the use of its mobile messaging platform, Messenger.
Once the change is rolled out, Facebook mobile app users will be greeted with a notification when they check their messages. The notice reads: "Your conversation are moving to Messenger. Soon you'll only be able to view your messages from Messenger."
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As part of Facebook's drive to promote the Messenger app, closing the notification will redirect users to the Google Play Store page for Messenger. Users need to go back to the Facebook mobile web app in order to access their messages.
It appears that the notifications are currently showing up on the Android platform only. There have been no reports of such notifications appearing on the iOS platform. However, tech analysts believe that Facebook might be planning to roll out the changes for Apple devices within the next couple of days.
As of this writing, users can still access their messages on Facebook's mobile web app.
According to Tech Crunch, Facebook plans to release the change this summer. When the change is applied, users will be forced to use the official Messenger app to access their Facebook messages.
According to Tech Times, Facebook's latest strategy is geared at monetizing Messenger. User statistics reveal that Messenger is the world's second most popular messaging platform, the first being WhatsApp, which is also owned by Facebook.
Some users have criticized Facebook's latest attempt to push Messenger as its default messaging platform. Most of these users own smartphones that do not have official clients. Some users who have not upgraded their devices into the latest operating system are also complaining about the upcoming change.
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