[Android app] Facebook Messenger updated (5.0) with built-in selfie cam, video uploads and quick links for photos and voice messages

Facebook Messenger for Android has been updated to version 5.0 which brings a few interesting new features and improvements. Facebook Messenger for Android allows you to stay connected to your Facebook friends on your mobile device and even includes threaded SMS support.

You can download the update directly on your device through the Google Play Store. You can also download the update and find out whats new after the break.

Download from the Google Play Store
Price Free
Requirements Android 2.2 or higher

On the updated Facebook Messenger for Android, you will notice a new row of icons along the bottom of your device screen when you open a new or archived chat with someone. These new functions include: standard text, take an instant photo, upload a photo, insert a sticker, voice message, and "like," which inserts a giant thumbs up into the conversation. When you use the instant photo feature, it will open up a little "selfie" window just below your conversation, so you don't even have to switch to the camera app to start shooting. You can also switch to your rear camera instead.

Additionally the app now supports sending videos from your device directly in chat if you've got Android 4.3 or later. If you really must, now you can find sticker packs more easily: just tap a sticker that your friend uses and it will open the store page for the relevant pack, which you can download and/or pay for. Facebook also claims the update offers faster contact search.

Facebook for Android lets you:
  • Get to your messages without opening Facebook.
  • Chat with groups and make plans on the go.
  • Bring messages to life with stickers.
  • Send photos privately.
  • Keep the conversation going: with chat heads, you can chat while using other apps. 
  • Text your phone contacts, even if you're not Facebook friends.
  • Share your location so people know when you're nearby.
  • Record voice messages.
  • Make free calls, even to friends in other countries.
  • Know when people have seen your messages.
  • See who's available on Messenger and who's active on Facebook. 
  • Stay logged in so you never miss a message.
  • Turn off notifications when you're working, sleeping or just need a break.

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