Messenger 2.0 Update
Today, Facebook announced Messenger 2.0
Many of the changes F8 has made to the application are positioning Facebook Messenger to compete more directly with Apple's iMessage & Googles arsenal of messaging apps including Hangouts, Allo, & Android Messages.
While iMessage is the dominant messaging app on iOS, there is much more competition on the Android side of things. Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, BBM, Viber, Signal, & Tango are just a few of the texting apps available on the Android platform.
Messenger 2.0 introduces several new features including the Discover Tab, Chat Extensions, More from M, & Game Discovery. This all boils down to more communication methods, new discovery features, gaming integration, and better small business/team project support.
In an odd move, however, Facebook Messenger 2.0 will support Apple Music integration. Apple has been confirmed as a partner as part of Facebook's efforts to support better music sharing features. Apple is likely motivated to pursue this partnership in an effort to boost music sales in a market now dominated by other streaming services such as Spotify & Youtube Music.