Facebook Messenger for Android

Facebook announced an interesting new feature for its updated Messenger for Android app today: the ability to sign up/in using only a name and phone number. The announcement marks the first time Facebook is offering one of its core services and apps without the need of an actual Facebook account. The feature will initially roll out to select markets, including: India, Indonesia, Australia, Venezuela, South Africa, and more countries to follow. Facebook also told us it plans to open the feature to iOS users in the future. Since these users will not have a Facebook account, the app will pull the device’s contacts to start direct or group conversations.

An update to Messenger for Android is available today, and Messenger accounts will become available over the next few weeks

Facebook plans to officially announce the new feature at Le Web today at 6:25 a.m. PST. You can grab the livestream here