Facebook Messenger 5.0 hits iOS and Android (Update)

Daniel Bader

April 28, 2014 4:52pm

Facebook Messenger just issued its biggest iOS update since redesigning the interface late last year.

Messenger 5.0 for iOS, currently in beta form on Android and scheduled to go public by the end of the week, adds a number of quick-access settings that make it easy to send a short video or sticker to a friend or group.

Videos now play in-line, which makes the app feel far more like a smaller-scale Facebook or Instagram. Facebook notes that many users are recording and sharing short videos with their contacts, much like they do in WhatsApp, so it’s interesting that this feature, among others, is duplicated across both apps.

Another addition, which Facebook hopes will make the company a bit more money, is quicker access to sticker purchases. Stickers sent to a user can be “pressed and held” for access to the whole pack. As Facebook’s sticker library grows, this action will make it far easier for users to quickly buy the same sticker pack their friends are using.

The full change log is below:

  • More ways to message: Everything’s front and center, so it’s easier to send photos, voice messages and more.
  • Video: Send videos from your phone’s camera roll and when people send you videos, play them right in the app.
  • Instant photo sharing: Take a photo and send it in just one tap, without leaving the conversation.
  • Shortcuts to stickers: When someone sends you a sticker, press and hold down on it to get the pack.
  • Improved search: Enter the names of people and groups to find them quickly.
  • Other fixes, including to stickers and groups.

Update: Facebook Messenger 5.0 for Android just hit the Play Store, bringing the same feature set you see above. Some features, like the ability to send videos straight from the camera roll, require Android 4.3 and above.

SourceApp Store

  • Tornado15550

    Why not merge Messenger with the Facebook app? I still don’t see the need to have two different apps when one can fulfill the purpose.
    Edit: Also, when will Facebook fix the insane amount of ram it eats. Right now on kitkat both Fb and messenger are using a combined 80MB of ram, and often go above 120MB.
    This isn’t a problem for devices with 2GB of ram or more, but for older flagships with 1GB or entry level devices with even lesser ram, it slows the device down to a crawl.

  • Tornado15550

    Why not merge Messenger with the Facebook app? I still don’t see the need to have two different apps when one can fulfill the purpose.
    Edit: Also, when will Facebook fix the insane amount of ram it eats. Right now on kitkat both Fb and messenger are using a combined 80MB of ram, and often go above 120MB.
    This isn’t a problem for devices with 2GB of ram or more, but for older flagships with 1GB or entry level devices with even lesser ram, it slows the device down to a crawl.

    • Noah Roesler

      I disagree. I use the messenger app all the time but I don’t even have Facebook installed. If the messenger app could also text it would make it perfect.

    • bicecream

      It could, all you have to do is turn on sms feature.

    • bicecream

      Nevermind it’s removed, and also I HATE the new messenger, it sucks. All the options that you have for adding a photo or sticker is now right under the messaging space so whenever you want to edit your message you will accidentally touch one of those short cuts for no damn reason. It sucks. They need to give us back the old messenger…

  • Exikle

    I’m pretty sure (don’t quote me though, I may be wrong). But you get forced to use the facebook messenger app now instead of the regular app to message people