Facebook Messenger updated to support Android Wear
Whilst most of us are still baffled as to why Facebook has decided to insist on users downloading the standalone Facebook Messenger app instead of allowing access through the regular Facebook app, the social network giant has updated its Messanger app this week, adding support for Google’s Android Wear devices.
The updated app for Android (now at v9.0) will include the ability to “voice reply directly from your Android Wear device”, wrote Ian Lake, an Android Software Engineer at Facebook, in his Google+ announcement.
Those who enjoy speaking to their smartwatches in public Dick Tracy style will be pleased with the added support, which along with raising notifications to the screen of your smartwatch, will allow you to reply to messages via your wearable. We will admit that being able to say a quick “be there soon” does beat the frustration of having to dig out your phone, unlock it, and text-type it.
The update also includes bug fixes, improvements and some other benefits even if you are not an Android Wear user, and the updated version of Facebook Messenger is now available to download from Google Play. Facebook has also added Messenger integration to the revamped Windows Phone app this week, which has a new UI design, some updated features and is also available to download from the Windows Phone Store.
Rival messaging app WhatsApp just revealed a new version tailored for smartwatches a few days earlier, offering users to read stacked conversations messages and voice reply. It also allows users to respond to messages with preloaded replies, including “yes”, “lol” or “see you soon”. You can download the app via the Whatsapp website.