Nov 29 For users hooked on to Facebook's
Messenger app, it's game on.
The social network on Tuesday rolled out a feature that
allows users to play hugely popular games such as Pac-Man and
Space Invaders, the company's latest attempt to get users spend
more time on its messaging app.
The new feature, initially rolled out in 30 countries with
17 games, will be available on the latest versions of iOS and
Android operating systems. (bit.ly/2gSgmMb)
A user, in the midst of a conversation, can tap on a game
controller icon to choose a game and start playing. The feature
also allows user to challenge their friends for a game.
Facebook made Messenger a standalone app in 2014, a
move that initially irked many users. The app, however, gained
popularity after the company added a host of features to it.
The social network has also added instant video and payment
facilities to the app.
Facebook boasts of having more than one billion users for
its messaging app, making it one top three apps in the world.
Its main Facebook app is the most popular, followed by
Messenger and WhatsApp, the messaging service it bought in 2014.
(Reporting by Rishika Sadam in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb