Google’s new messaging app Allo, for example, integrates the company’s search prowess directly into text conversations. Apple recently launched an entire store just for apps meant to be used within its messaging app, iMessage. And Facebook earlier this year invited companies to design their own chat bots for its Messenger app, which help you shop or book travel plans. Apple, Google, and Facebook’s messaging apps serve similar purposes, but in different ways.
Google Allo. Allo’s biggest asset is its integration with Google Assistant, the company’s conversational new virtual aid that can answer questions and make suggestions. Allo offers two ways to interact with Google Assistant. A crucial difference between Allo and the messaging apps offered by Apple and Facebook is that it doesn’t yet offer third-party apps, although Google is considering doing so in the future.
While many texting apps and keyboards can suggest words as you type, Allo goes a step farther by offering up full replies based on the message you’ve just received. There are currently around 25 sticker packs available to download in Allo, which is an especially slim selection compared to the 6,000 sticker collections Facebook Messenger offers.
Apple iMessage. The new version of iMessage, which recently launched with iOS 10, includes an App Store filled with apps just for Apple’s messaging app.
Apple’s approach to messaging differs from those of Google and Facebook in that it doesn’t focus on the “conversational interface.” This idea has been front and center in both Facebook and Google’s respective apps. Part of the appeal behind Allo, for example, is that you can ask Google to answer questions or retrieve information for you in the same way you would type a message to a friend. Facebook Messenger. Facebook began integrating third-party services into its chat app before Apple and Google, first introducing Messenger as a Platform in 2015.
The experience is different with each bot. What each bot does is largely in the hands of their developers rather than Facebook, which is why some bots are more responsive and engaging than others.
With iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, Apple finally acquiesced to a longtime request from customers: the company introduced an option to change your default apps for browsing the web and handling email. According to The Information, Facebook is making a more forceful push to convince the iPhone maker to let people choose their own preferred messaging app.
“Generally, everything is moving this direction anyway.” According to him, Facebook has routinely asked Apple over the years to make it possible for third-party apps to take over as the default messaging client.
Is compatible with Android ✔ Facebook Messenger ✖ iMessage It is compatible with a range of Android devices such as smartphones and tablets. Tablet-optimised ✔ Facebook Messenger ✔ iMessage There is a tablet-optimised version of the app available. This allows you to use it in the language you choose and makes it suitable for more users around the world.
The ongoing cold war between Apple and Facebook that’s ratcheted up over the past few months, with each company’s CEO taking veiled and not-so-veiled potshots at the other over questions around privacy and user data, not only makes for great news copy and plenty of grist for tech bloggers. It’s also a hugely consequential matter for ordinary consumers, since it’s their data and their privacy at stake in the way Apple architects its hardware and services — and in Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s beliefs about these issues. While it’s become quite commonplace for the tech press to slam Facebook these days, and to ascribe a kind of guilty-until-proven-innocent framework to almost anything the social networking giant does, I’d like to take this opportunity to make what will no doubt be an unpopular declaration — by way of pushing back on this “Apple: Good; Facebook: Bad” motif that seems to irrationally color anything written about either company.
Your experience may be different than mine, but I get an order of magnitude more spam through Apple’s Messages app than I do via Facebook Messenger. What spam I have managed to receive via Facebook Messenger, meanwhile, has disappeared quite nicely into the app’s “other” folder/dumping ground for anything it doesn’t push to your main inbox.
It’s between me and a loved one, and oddly enough, Facebook’s habit of making things near-impossible to delete serves me just fine in this case. Facebook, on the other hand, still hangs on to deleted messages in an easy-to-access archive — and, again, since it’s a loved one I’m talking about here, I just like knowing it would still be there, and that I’ll always have it.
This is a minor issue, compared to all of the above, but I utterly despise the way Apple’s Messages app shares notifications with me. For some of you, never mind even if you agree with everything else I’ve said, the privacy issue is a deal-breaker, which is perfectly understandable — especially given things like the recent news that Facebook saves links that you pass along to other people within Messenger.
"We are beating our expectations in terms of how fast and how many people are upgrading," said Stan Chudnovsky, Facebook's head of Messenger, in an interview. Specifically, the company told CNBC that more than 60% of eligible users on Instagram have updated to the new experience, which allows them to exchange messages with people on Messenger.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in March 2019 announced plans to allow cross-app messaging between Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. Facebook began rolling out cross-app communication between users of Messenger and Instagram in September 2020, but is still a ways away from integrating WhatsApp into the mix.
If you haven’t launched the Messenger app, you’ll receive a notification when people react to a message. Why this matters: Facebook Messenger has been rapidly adopting new features to become the most powerful tool for visual communication. Apple calls these reactions “Tap Back,” and they essentially have the same function – to keep the conversation going even when you don’t really have anything new to add.
Just this week, the company unveiled the forthcoming Clips, a new iOS app for making quick stylized videos to share on iMessage and on Facebook’s own properties like Messenger and Instagram.
Starting October 1, passengers on most Delta will have free access to WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and iMessage. Only the aforementioned mobile messaging services are supported at launch and users will not be able to send videos or pictures.
WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Apple's iMessage — all three apps have the read receipt function that notifies the sender when the receiver has read their message. How to turn off read receipts in WhatsApp In order to close read receipts on your WhatsApp, follow these steps.
If you want to disable read receipts for specific chats, head to that user's chat and click on the user's profile pic. Select Info icon and toggle off Send Read Receipt option.