Facebook announced that the number of people using Messenger app has passed 800 million each month. Earlier Facebook reported 500 million monthly users in November 2014, then 600 million in March 2015 and 700 million in June 2015 and now 800 million in December 2015. The astral user growth makes Messenger the fastest rising app for the year 2015. Its December 2015 data showed that Facebook Messenger had more than 96 million average unique users each month, which was the higher year-over-year change.
Stan Chudnovsky, head of the Messenger product comments: “We are growing very, very fast, and it’s all shaping up into thinking about how we can make this year better than last year.”
He added, “For 2016, the Messenger team is working on new concepts.” For example, Messenger now lets people make video and voice calls without requiring a phone number or even being Facebook “friends.” “All you need is just a name as Messenger provides that capability to find anybody by name or the name of their business.
And the future holds even more exciting innovations for Facebook Messenger, like the company’s own take on a virtual voice assistant, called M that lives inside the app or its plans to introduce Snapchat-like ephemeral messaging.
Last month, Facebook Messenger also tied up with cab aggregator Uber in the US, allowing users to order Uber rides from within the messaging app as part of a push to turn the service into a commercial platform.
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