Facebook Messenger has released a new assistant called “Messenger M”. We’re actually quite glad it was not named “M assistant. But anyway, the premise of M is: you can receive suggestions to take actions based on the context of your conversation. All this sounds quite familiar is starts with”Google” and ends with “Assistant“.
No, no, M is not a fully-fledged smartphone assistant.
It’s more like Google Assistant’s debut in Google Allo when it first came out.
M can offer suggestions via a pop-up bubble that can send money to yourfriends, request a car with ride-share apps, and coordinate plans with friends.
Tap on the suggestion bubble, and you don’t have to dig through chat menus totemporarily share your pin-drop.
Starting today, the following core features will be available on Messenger M:
- Sticker suggestions
- Requesting or sending money
- Location sharing
- Making plans with a friend (sets a reminder for recipients of the chat)
- making polls in group chats
- Requesting a ride from Uber or Lyft
Currently, Messenger M is now rolling out to all iOS and Android users in the United States.
If you’re not crazy about any of the M features, you can easily mute the assistant in M’s settings.