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Will you soon be making mobile payments through Facebook Messenger?

The mobile app is reportedly adding a number of surprising features including “secret chats” among others.

Following changes made to the Facebook Messenger app including giving it its own virtual assistant, rumor has it that this popular messaging application will soon also have mobile payments among other options that appeal to its users.

Many media outlets are speculating that smartphone based payments and “secret chats” will be on their way.

Privacy is among the latest hot topics when it comes to mobile technology, so the ability to bring an added level of encryption that would make it possible to hold secret chats would potentially also help to keep mobile payments secure, in theory. The idea is not necessarily an off the wall one. If a large enough investment is being made into keeping chats secure then it might makes sense for Facebook to apply this type of mobile security to other features, as well. As mobile wallets are blossoming everywhere nowadays, this addition to the social media platform could be a logical next step.

Despite the fact that mobile payments and secret chats have been mentioned regularly, details are not immediately available.

Facebook - Mobile PaymentsThere have been many speculations as to what would be involved in the new features that have been suggested for the Facebook Messenger app. For example, using separate password protection for specific chats could make an interesting difference to the security level available for certain discussions between users.

The main thought with regards to the smartphone payments aspect is that the messenger app would make it possible to send money to family and friends who are also users. This could suggest that the social network is seeking to compete with other digital payments platforms such as Android Pay, Apple Pay and even PayPal.

The feature that was identified in a leak that has been spread by several media sources indicated that the app could be used for mobile payments in store. This could mean that Facebook is seeking to reach far out and beyond communicating with people the users already know. At the time of the writing of this article, the company had yet to confirm or deny any of these claims.

The Facebook messenger mobile app is more popular than the flagship

Since the social network split its applications into smaller, specific offerings, some interesting trends have developed.

When it comes to the Facebook mobile app, there are actually quite a few from which to choose, and what is interesting about the download stats is that it is the Messenger application that is proving to be the most popular, even over the main flagship offering from the company.

The two social apps have been available since 2012 and the Messenger offering is notably more popular.

In fact, from 2012 through the first six months of 2015, the Messenger mobile app from Facebook has managed to bring in over 646.6 million downloads throughout that time. This, according to the app analytics from the Sensor Tower firm. Throughout that same span of time, the flagship Facebook social media app was able to achieve an impressive but notably lower 568 million downloads.

Aside from those two Facebook mobile apps, none of the brand’s other applications even come close.

Mobile App - FacebookFacebook has a range of different applications available for various purposes, but aside from those top two options, none of the other options are nearly as popular. To put it in perspective, all of the other Facebook apps, combined (aside from the flagship and Messenger options) have accumulated a total of 637.5 million downloads, total. That is about 9 million downloads fewer than Messenger’s total, all on its own.

What should be noted is that a number of the Facebook applications are from the company’s Creative Labs division. The purpose of that team is not necessarily the generation of the largest number of downloads. Instead, it is to use its app offerings to better understand the overall Facebook usage experience so that the primary apps can be enhanced to fit the wants and expectations of the users.

For example, the company learned a great deal its mobile apps such as Paper, so that it would be able to better design its instant articles feature, which makes it possible for news organizations to make social network posts of their articles directly onto Facebook. In the case of Messenger, though, the application has managed to hold the first position at both the Google Play and App Store ranks for quite some time.