Facebook’s messaging app defies platform-specific chat features like BBM and Apple’s iMessage. It can also aggregate email, texts and chat messages. Currently available in the U.S. only.

Facebook is making its move into the mobile instant messaging market with a standalone app for iPhone and Android called Facebook Messenger. It is set to provide competition for platform-specific apps like Research In Motion’s BBM and Apple‘s iMessage, as well as the messaging elements of Google+.

Released last night in the US – although it is not yet available in the UK – the application ties into the existing Facebook Messages feature on its website, which aggregates texts, chats, emails and instant messages. The app can be used to send messages to Facebook friends or other people in the user’s phone address book, delivering them by notification or text. Stuart Dredge/The Guardian.

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