Facebook plans to launch more standalone apps like messenger

Facebook will soon release more standalone apps like Facebook Messenger and Instagram, the company has said.

The announcement was made during the company's fourth quarter earnings call yesterday.

"You should also expect us to start building a few of these other things that we will focus on over time and develop into meaningful things like Messenger and Instagram are today," Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg said yesterday.

Facebook launched Messenger app in 2011 and rolled out some big updates in the last quarter of 2013.

On the call, Facebook CFO David Ebersman said that Messenger's users grew 70 per cent in the three-month period.

"We've taken it out of the main app so it gets room to breathe," Zuckerberg said of the reason for turning Messenger into a standalone app.

He noted there was room for "a lot" of different utilities in the future, and offered Facebook Groups as one possibility.

"We now have more than half a billion people using groups every month," he added. "It was sort of seen as a feature of the Facebook app rather than its own product."


  • All the debates are glossing over the key question if children are eating healthy food

    For some time now, we have been strapped in noodle debates. First Maggie noodles and now our own swadeshi noodles that Baba Ramdev is making.


Stay informed on our latest news!


Sarthak Raychaudhuri

vice-president, HR, Asia South Whirlpool of India

GV Nageswara Rao

MD & CEO, IDBI Federal Life

Timothy Moe

Goldman Sachs


Amita Sharma

Smart cities for the smart citizens

The 21st century has been spoken of as the urban ...

Zehra Naqvi

Baby and you

Every person who’s had a chance to be a parent ...

Bubbles Sabharwal

Women of the world, unite for a change

Last week I attended the Women in the World forum ...


William D. Green

Chairman & CEO, Accenture