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iPhone, Android Messenger App Launched by Facebook

Leading social networking website Facebook has launched a new application on Tuesday which targets Android and Apple’s iOS users specifically.

The new messenger "is a separate app, so it only takes one click to get to your messages or send a new one. Messages are delivered through notifications and texts, so your friends are more likely to get them right away." Lucy Zhang, an engineer at Facebook wrote in an official blog post.

The application is a product of Facebook team in collaboration with tech experts at Beluga, the company, Facebook acquired in March this year.

The launch of Facebook messenger along with its video chat feature in collaboration with web-based telephony and chat service provider Skype seems to be a direct hit at Google’s latest attempt at social networking, Google+.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Palo Alto, California-based Facebook has launched a standalone application which allows users to communicate with people via instant messaging on their Smartphones, irrespective of the fact if they are friends on Facebook or not.

The Facebook Messenger seems to be a great relief for people using Facebook to stay in touch with their friends, as the integrated chat option for the website is a much slower version and works only among people added as friends on the Facebook profile.