Facebook Messenger for Android hits 1 billion downloads, gets first game
Facebook Messenger for Android has finally been able to hit the remarkable one-billion downloads mark on Google Play Store. Apart from reaching to the height where only Google Apps and WhatsApp are so far placed, the messaging app by the social networking giant has got its first game that developed through Facebook Messenger Platform which was launched earlier this year.
David Marcus, the man who leads the mobile messaging business at Facebook, announced the success of Messenger app on Android platform through a Facebook post. “Happy to make it to the very exclusive Android 1 billion+ downloads club,” he said.
Marcus posted a screenshot that certainly confirms the download record of Facebook Messenger on the Play Store.
Facebook Messenger is not a new product for millions of Facebook users as it is the exclusive official way to let users chat with their social network friends using mobile devices. But it is now becoming more than a messaging app as Facebook has just released the first app on Messenger.
The game, called Doodle Draw for Messenger, is available for free download through the Play Store and has Messenger integration to let users share their drawings with Facebook friends. The game is developed using the API that Facebook launched in March to make its Messenger as a standalone platform for third-party apps and games.
As its name suggests, Doodle Draw for Messenger provides a place where users can draw anything that they want to and share with friends on Facebook Messenger. It allows users to manage ongoing games from the home screen, as well as provides them a way to earn coins that can be spent on adding more colors.
Moreover, providing of apps and games through Facebook Messenger seems to be a strategy of Facebook to make the messaging app distinguished from WhatsApp that it acquired in February last year.