Over the past year, Facebook has ramped up its efforts with Messenger, allowing app developers to more easily connect their apps to the service to help people share items like music and animated pictures. The app has also joined the company's burgeoning artificial intelligence efforts with the addition in August of a new digital assistant service called M, which is intended to help people find restaurants or decide on a good birthday gift. It's comparable to services like Google Now, Microsoft's Cortana and Apple's Siri.
"It does different things from the [other virtual assistants] you can find in the marketplace now," Marcus said Thursday, "It can book a hotel on your behalf, It can book flights, ., It's very early days, [but] right now it shows some promise."M and other initiatives have helped push Messenger to become one of the most widely used services in the world, Facebook said in June that 700 million people used Messenger at least once a month, making it nearly the same size as the WhatsApp text-message replacement service, which in September tallied 900 million users, Facebook broadly said it counts about 1.5 billion people using its social network, evutec aergo ballistic nylon iphone x tough case & vent mount - blue reviews not including WhatsApp or the Instagram photo-sharing service..
Marcus on Thursday said that separating Messaging and the regular Facebook service was "absolutely the right decision.""Messaging on Facebook is so much better now that we've split the capabilities," he said. Messaging "needs to be autonomous enough so people don't think of Messenger [as serving] the sole purpose of messaging your Facebook friends."Marcus noted that many people sign up for Messenger without having a Facebook account. In the coming months, the company's Messenger effort will focus on ways to make it easier to privately share photos with friends rather than posting them on a news feed. Facebook also wants to make "Messenger a first-class messaging client and make it very fast so people start using it as their primary messaging platform," he said.
Meanwhile, Marcus said Facebook doesn't want to become a player in payments despite steps it's taken to smooth purchasing for users, "We're working on removing a lot of that friction," he said, But the "intention is not to build evutec aergo ballistic nylon iphone x tough case & vent mount - blue reviews a payments business, We don't want to make money off of payments."CNET's Ian Sherr contributed to this report, Facebook's head of messaging says the company "probably" won't make its own phone again after the first one failed to gain consumer interest, HALF MOON BAY, Calif, -- Facebook Phone version 2.0 appears to be a no-go..
Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payments service, will be coming to Starbucks over the next year, Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple Pay, said here during the Code Mobile conference. Starbucks will start piloting the service in some stores by the end of 2015 and will roll it out to Starbucks' company-owned stores -- about 7,500 -- next year. "I have to say in the last year of working on Apple Pay, we've sees a sea change in momentum around acceptance at the merchant level," Bailey said, adding that about 80 percent of Apple Watch owners "very actively" use Apple Pay. Apple Pay will hit KFC restaurants in the spring and Chili's restaurants in 2016 as a "pay at the table" model, she said.