Facebook announced today that 500 million users are using the app monthly. Facebook launched the standalone app in 2011 but did not receive the popularity that was expected. But it's ability reach 500 million is good news for the app group.
Messenger was the first of our standalone apps, and unlike our core Facebook apps, it focused on one use case – messaging. With Messenger, you can reach people instantly. It is just as fast as SMS but gives you the ability to express yourself in ways that SMS can’t. You can send stickers or videos, take selfies, chat with groups and make free calls. We’ve also continued to improve speed and reliability. Updates to Messenger ship every two weeks so it continues to evolve and improve.Facebook