Android Users Rejoice: Facebook, Messenger Apps Updated

By Justin Lafferty 

After releasing a flurry of updates for iOS apps, Facebook announced Thursday that it has tweaked its main Android application, as well as Messenger. Facebook for Android got a minor upgrade, with most of the fixes improving the messaging features of that app. With Messenger, users can quickly see who is online, and the conversation interface has also been smoothed out.

The most dramatic changes came to the Messenger app. Now seeing who is online is one upper-right-corner tap away. The app puts people whom users talk to the most at the top, in the favorites section. Users can also edit this feature, adding or subtracting people:

The look of conversations has also changed:

On some Android phones, users can now text friends straight from the Messenger app.

Facebook also included these features (sans texting) into the main Android app and made the app more secure and reliable, fixing bugs that occurred during multiphoto selections, device restarts, and push notifications.

Both updated apps are available in the Google Play Store.

Readers: If you have an Android, what else do you want to see from Facebook and Messenger?