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Facebook Messenger arrives on iPad

Facebook has finally provided a native iPad version of its Facebook Messenger app.

The social network giant has just updated its Facebook Messenger iOS app to version 7.0, which brings with it universal support. This means that iPad users get a native version all of their own.

Facebook hasn’t simply spread the existing app out to fill up the space and the stouter aspect ratio. It’s worked in new UI elements such as permanently viewable section tabs, as well as an expanded conversation view.

Also new to both iPad and iPhone versions is the ability to save videos shot from within the Facebook Messenger app to your camera roll. This means that you can keep them and share them through other means.

You also get the usual “other fixes to make the app more reliable.”

It seems Facebook is pushing the focus away from its core Facebook app for simple messaging purposes (though of course the main app is only a single virtual button press away). Not only do we have the new and improved Facebook Messenger app, but the company also recently launched its Slingshot app.

Slingshot is a Snapchat-like video messaging service, with messages that only briefly reveal themselves once the receiver has replied, then disappear forever.

Facebook Messenger 7.0 is available to download for free on iPhone and iPad from the App Store right now.

There’s no news as yet on a possible Android tablet version, but we’ll keep you posted.

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