Facebook Messenger already top free iPhone app

Aug 10, 2011
Tech

In what could be the ultimate appetizer to an official iPad application, Facebook yesterday unveiled the dedicated Facebook Messenger messaging app. Within hours, it rose to become the top free iPhone app in the iTunes App Store. Facebook Messenger, which was also released for Android devices, is a somewhat surprising release for a company known […]

In what could be the ultimate appetizer to an official iPad application, Facebook yesterday unveiled the dedicated Facebook Messenger messaging app. Within hours, it rose to become the top free iPhone app in the iTunes App Store.

Facebook Messenger, which was also released for Android devices, is a somewhat surprising release for a company known to be focusing on HTML5 development over native applications. However, the stripped down application – which focuses on individual and group messaging – is literally an overnight sensation and threatens to encroach on a market where independent upstarts have captured market share.

Stay tuned for more news and developments – and our video reviews – of the Facebook Messenger app on the iOS and Android platforms.

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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