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FaceApp - despite the controversy there's a reason it is popular!

FaceApp is high in the ranks of then Google Play store at the moment, and despite the controversies of white-washing, there's a reason. In short, it's really fun, simple to use and an all round well-designed app that has some great filters and effects.
The purpose of the app is simple - simply load it up, take a photo, play with a few dials and then before you know it there's your desired outcome - whether it be a new gender, a younger self, an older self - etc. You name it - FaceApp can do it.
Check it out today, it's one of those apps well worth downloading and spending a few minutes with!

Facebook Messenger

Today's app is Facebook Messenger.

So, this is a strange one. Sure the Facebook app on android is OK, but with the new roll out of Facebook features (which I actually like), I feel there is a disconnect between the online and app versions which I just can't handle. Accordingly, I like loading up the mobile website wherever possible, and in practice, find it faster and more stable than the app!

 

This aside, one feature that has been missing (until now) on android from an official Facebook app, is a reliable integration of Facebook messaging. Often, messages wouldn't arrive, would take far too long to arrive, or once arrived, refuse to leave the inbox and keep appearing as new notifications.


As a solution (and I admit, it is a strange one) Facebook has released Facebook Messenger, a stand along app that ultimately does one thing, and one thing only - that is - give a user the ability to send and receive Facebook messages. In a perfect world, I would have like to see a completely revamped mobile app, but as this didn't happen, at least what we finally have is effecting push messaging for Facebook integrated into android (i.e. you receive a message, and you actually get it straight away, instead of whenever over the next 24 hrs your phone decides).


In some regards, the strategy to release Facebook Messenger as a stand alone app makes sense, and is obvious a direct competitor to services such as WhatsApp, iMessage (for iPhone), and Blackberry Messenger. So, will it work? Maybe. Like it or not, not having Facebook makes you a bit strange these days, and with the saturation of your friends in Facebook, it is now even easier to manage one off messages or group discussions on the go, rather than having to mess about with the website or unwieldy app. Also, although it should have worked from the beginning, the ability to finally get notifications (at least messaging ones) in real time is a major plus!

Overall, if you (A) have Facebook, and (B) are  an Android user, then you would be silly not to install this app. Like it or not, it works, and just makes things easier!

Price: Free

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