Facebook prefers users chat with the dedicated Facebook Messenger app as opposed to the in-app function. That preference is now going to be the way. Facebook hasn’t posted an announcement about the upcoming changes. Instead they sent a statement directly to TechCrunch. Here’s their message:

“In the next few days, we’re continuing to notify more people that if they want to send and receive Facebook messages, they’ll need to download the Messenger app. As we’ve said, our goal is to focus development efforts on making Messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences. Messenger is used by more than 200 million people every month, and we’ll keep working to make it an even more engaging way to connect with people.”

It may not sound like much, but coming from the company that waited ages to get into the IM game and has now baked in as many features as it can to supplant Kik and any other competitor – it’s plenty. Sync your contacts, use it for SMS, and let FB into all areas of your life, little by little…

Facebook moving users to dedicated Messenger app to chat | Android Central.