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Facebook has launched an app today for iPhones and Android phones that integrates mobile messaging for texts, emails and instant messages.
The new app was announced by Facebook engineer Lucy Zhang on the Facebook blog. Zhang co-founded a group messaging company named Beluga that was originally run by Google employees but picked up by Facebook in March.

The mobile app is basically an extension of the social network’s Facebook Chat feature that houses all the same backlog of information with a few handy perks thrown into a simpler package.

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Photo sharing is one perk, but optional location sharing takes the cake.

“When you’re on the go, coordinating a bunch of people can be tricky, especially if plans change at the last minute,” said Zhang in her post.

“With Messenger, you can quickly start a group conversation and message everyone at once. If you choose to add your location, the people you’re messaging with can easily find each other on the map. You can also attach photos, so everyone else can see and comment on what you’re looking at.”

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Dedicated messaging apps have come under fire since the recent UK riots started with services like BlackBerry Messenger being identified by authorities as being key players in communication between rioters.

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