Facebook released an update today for its standalone Messenger app for iOS, which now includes links to view a friend’s Timeline or call their cell phone if it’s been shared in their profile.
The app also allows users to see when their friends were last active to better gauge when they might reply to a message. Like the Facebook for Android version released this week, Messenger 1.9 now supports emoticons in messages.
When users open up a conversation thread, they will see their friend’s name at the top of the screen. If the friend is not currently online, users will see a note about how many days or hours ago the friend was last active. This along with read receipts, which were added to the app in an earlier version, provide social cues to help users communicate more naturally via mobile.
Users can also tap on their friend’s name to pull up a window with the option to view the person’s Timeline or call their phone. Viewing Timeline will redirect the user to the main Facebook app. Clicking “call” will pull up the native phone app for iPhone. The main Facebook for iOS app received a complete overhaul on Thursday, with the app now running twice as fast.