Stock to Watch: Facebook Inc (NASDAQ FB) builds messenger for iPad

In the news on the Wall Street, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ FB) released a new version of its Facebook Messenger application for iOS on Thursday. Though Messenger has been around for some time now for Facebook, the app was never properly ported to the the additional capabilities of the iPad. This new version from Facebook Inc brings in a new user interface optimized specifically for the larger screens found on Apple’s iPads.

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ FB) acquired Beluga in March of 2011 in a technology and talent deal. Beluga became Messenger unless you were an iPad user who simply got the iPhone app. This new version of the messenger helps the iPad user get the messenger services they were not able to avail before.

For users who install both the Facebook app and Messenger on the same tablet, you need only tap the message icon and you will be switched to the new Messenger. A single tap on the top of Messenger will then return you to the Facebook app.

Facebook Inc: New Messenger for iPad

The new Messenger for iPad features a multi-window interface that shows a list of threads and your current conversation in separate windows. With iPad users coming on board, it’s expected that Messenger will add to its over 200 million users pretty quickly when iPad users see how great it looks.

Other specifications include Group chats, stickers and VoIP calling. While the newest additions to Messenger, both the split-screen selfie camera and the quick video recording options are missing. Facebook hopes to offer those in the near future, but failed to mention if they have any plans to make a specific Messenger app for Android tablets anytime soon.

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Facebook hourly use is down given the popularity of free SMS platforms out there and SMS is now a huge part of social media as a whole. With the introduction of Messenger for iPad, Facebook has taken a very positive step which should help the Facebook Stock (NASDAQ FB) positively in the near future.

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