Facebook Messenger 2.7 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

It’s been over a month since we’ve stumbled upon any solid piece of news concerning Facebook’s standalone Messenger iPhone app. Last time we heard, Facebook has added the ability to pick photos from your Instagram albums to send to Messenger friends.

Actually, that was the only major development concerning the software since May 2012. In response to Wednesday’s launch of iOS 7, the social networking giant on Monday pushed an iOS 7-ready version of Messenger with improved scrolling, faster startup times and more…

In addition to some bug fixes, improved scrolling and overall performance improvements, Facebook Messenger 2.7 is now faster to open and lets you switch between messages more quickly.

This release also comes with support for an additional three languages – Hungarian, Slovakian and my native Croatian – bringing the number of localized markets to 25 countries.

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I like the standalone Messenger app: it’s simpler and less bloated versus Facebook’s main iOS client.

I also love that it’s noticeably faster. Instant messaging is my main communications tool and you could imagine I message people a lot on any given day.

That being said, I want my IM app to let me go in – fast – type a quick reply and be done with it. That’s what Facebook Messenger does for you. On the other hand, I’ll be the first to admit that it’s a little bit on the odd side to have two Facebook apps for essentially the same purpose (chatting).

Looking at it from the bright side, this way folks can be logged into two Facebook accounts on their iPhone at the same time (i.e. private and work, or one for a girlfriend and the other for a mistress).

Facebook Messenger is free on the App Store.

The 22MB download is optimized for the iPhone 5’s taller screen and supports any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad running iOS 5.0 or later.

  • Filip Zíka

    Working really well, lets wait a month or two until they f*ck this working app with some new “cool feature” again and everything will become laggy..

  • Physatty

    The Messenger doesn’t show all the shared photos anymore. It only shows the most recent photo. Does anybody else have that problem? I am waiting for a fix for several weeks now.

    • Filip Zíka

      For me it’s random, with someone i see only the most recent one despite the fact we shared 200+ photos, next day i see all of them, and today it is 24 (wtf facebook?)

      • Physatty

        That’s interesting. For me it’s only one photo every time. I’d love to see the old photos though!

  • D.

    Surprised there was no icon update for ios7. I wonder if they are going to “flatten” the UI eventually, to suit the new OS

    • RarestName

      The current icon looks fine. Even better than a “flat” icon, IMO.

      • D.

        It’s definitely not as bad as some other app icons. The UI, I feel, does need to be flattened a bit

  • Cameron Chao

    Can someone enlighten me on what this app does that the main Facebook app doesnt?

    • Filip Zíka

      For me it is faster way to get to my messeges, it opens quicker + I mostly use only messeges, so i don’t need to see all the posts.. Also facebook app is a little bit laggy on my 4s

  • anonymous

    I hope to see “Open in new tap” feature on my Facebook app !! who want that to ?

  • Lincoln Maurice

    It’s not very ios7-esque. It’s not flat UI and the iconography isn’t formatted to the new conventions