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Is Facebook Killing Off Messenger and Camera?
By: Greg Dorn
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Ever since Facebook’s iOS application came out of the gate in 2008, it has unsurprisingly been one of the most downloaded applications among Apple’s astounding 750,000 apps. Given the fact that nearly half of Facebook’s billion users access the site on mobile devices, this makes perfect sense. In fact, I do not believe it has ever dipped below the top 50 free apps since its debut in the Apple App Store. What has been surprising is its clunky and painfully slow functionality. For an application so commonly used among all smartphone users, how did Facebook allow its iOS user experience to suffer for so long?
 
The answer is actually quite simple. Until very recently, Facebook had built a universal application, made to run on all mobile operating systems. This of course compromised the speed and operations on all smartphones. It wasn’t until Facebook went public and heard enough complaints that it knew what had to be done: Facebook would need to bite the bullet, put in the extra man hours, and create native apps for both iOS and Android. This would essentially bake the application software into the respective OS, resulting in drastic operation speeds and enhancements.
 
Facebook’s mobile strives did not stop there. Aside from the major acquisition of Instagram, the social media giant also churned out stand-alone applications for both their messaging service and camera capabilities. Both apps came out with glowing reviews. Facebook Camera allowed you to upload multiple pictures at once directly from your phone, while Facebook Messenger was a welcomed alternative to the awful messaging in the native app.
 
Everything seemed to make sense until this past week, when Facebook unveiled version 5.1. Just read the “What’s New” description and it is almost identical to the features described in both Messenger and Camera. Everything from swiping to the left to view available chats to uploading multiple pictures, Facebook’s brand-new update seems to steal all of the capabilities of its two sister apps. This begs the question, with this major (and welcoming) update, are the Messenger and Camera apps even necessary? Take the new Facebook app for a spin, and I think you will find that Facebook is in a prime position to kill them off in favor of just one superb application. This certainly would clear some room on our home screens and put more faith in Facebook’s one native app.
 
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About the Author
Greg Dorn is a blogger, writer, and obsessed with everything technology and social media. Greg is absolutely captivated with the recent advancements in mobile gadgets, making our world more seamlessly connected. You can learn more about him on his own blog here
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