Facebook updated Messenger app that adds support for extended 3D touch on Apple iOS alongside instant articles on Google Android.
Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) came up with notable upgrades for Messenger app on iOS that supports extended 3D Touch on select Apple devices such as iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. Earlier, Messenger for iOS was backed by only 3D Touch Quick Actions that has now been upgraded to extended 3D Touch with the latest update.
To recall, users could easily operate Facebook app on pressure-sensitive display. However, due to not paying much attention to Messenger other than adding support for ‘Quick Actions’ 3D touch with the help of home-screen icon, Facebook could not do much with it.
However, Messenger for iOS users will now be able to make use of 3D Touch in order to access contacts, stickers, locations, links, photos, and videos, in addition, to peek and pop feature – thanks to the most recent update rolled out by the company.
We all have been using peek and pop with the Facebook app. In fact, Facebook had previously promised to incorporate Apple’s 3D Touch features into its apps. Keeping up to what the company had assured to come up with, the functionality seems to be making its way to Facebook Messenger.
Similar to what we are familiar to when it comes to 3D Touch, the latest update will not make any difference to the way you look at Messenger and chat with your friends. It was also not something that would possibly turn the game upside down, at least at Facebook. It’s just that things would start getting a bit faster even despite the fact that it’s pretty new.
Facebook has also got Messenger supported by instant articles for “Android starting today, and to iOS in a couple of weeks,” Facebook’s David Marcus announced.
“Over 900 million people share, and read news stories privately on Messenger. From now on this experience will be meaningfully improved as stories will load up to 10 times faster than standard mobile web links, and will be enhanced with dynamic features that make the content more fluid, interactive and immersive,” Marcus said.
It’s been just a week since Facebook started testing end-to-end encryption on Messenger to ensure maximum security of private user conversations.