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Facebook wants you to play games in Messenger

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Facebook Messenger users can already video call, pay friends and chat it up with businesses. But they may soon be able to play games, too.

Facebook has confirmed it is in talks with several developers to make games for Messenger. It's currently unclear how exactly these games will work with the messaging app and when the first games might arrive.

"Currently, we think Messenger Platform is best suited for apps that focus on content creation and curated content," a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable. "But, one of the reasons we were excited to announce that Messenger Platform is open to all developers is to see what people build. From there, we’ll think about what else might make sense." Read more...

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Facebook: Spinning off Messenger was a good move, and here’s why

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Some Facebook users hate change — that's just fact.

Roll out a radically revamped News Feed or tinker too much with privacy settings, and a subset of users inevitably cry foul. That's what happened when Facebook made its standalone Messenger app a mandatory download last year for people who wanted to continue sending text-based messages through the social network. This "family of apps" approach, Facebook said, was done for the benefit of users, so that each app could offer a richer, more focused experience.

Stan Chudnovsky, Messenger's head of product, suggests that if Facebook had kept Messenger a part of its main app, it wouldn't be as full an experience. Features such as video calling, introduced last week, would go unnoticed by users. Read more...

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Facebook Messenger had 1 million video calls in the first 2 days, Facebook says

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It's been just over a week since Facebook rolled out video chat for Messenger, and things already look promising for the app's newest feature.

According to the company, Messenger users made over 1 million video calls during those first two days after launch. Video calling is currently available in 18 markets, including the UK, France, Greece, Mexico, Portugal and the United States, with more markets coming over the next few months. (Fingers crossed for Mashable readers Down Under.)

"We're very happy with the progress," Stan Chudnovsky, Facebook Messenger's Head of Product, told Mashable. Read more...

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