Facebook’s dedicated chat app, Facebook Messenger, is finally available for the iPad. The news comes three years after Facebook acquired group messaging app Beluga and later built that technology into Messenger.
The iPad app looks almost exactly like the iPhone app, except that it’s formatted to fit the screen. The list of all your conversations with different friends is on the right-hand side in what looks like a menu bar. It features a multi-window interface showing a list of threads and current conversation at the same time. Messenger allows users to contact their Facebook friends for free via the tool, forgoing text messaging. Updates to the app include bug fixes and the ability to save videos within the app directly to your phone’s camera roll.
The iPad version of Messenger has all the same features as the iPhone app, including stickers, voice call functionality, and easy group chat controls. However, It’s only missing the latest additions, including the split-screen selfie camera and tap-and-hold quick video recordings.
Facebook is also making it easier than ever to invite friends already using the social network to join the ranks of Messenger users, and promises the app will also be “more reliable”. Howbeit, Facebook hasn’t mentioned anything about an Android tablet version.