Facebook to launch new chat software in India in 2018

Facebook is set to launch a new chat application in India later this year.

The social networking platform, which aims to bring social connectivity to its users through the messaging platform, Messenger, said it would launch the new app on October 31, 2018, as part of a plan to connect people in a country where a third of the population is unbanked and more than 90 per cent of the internet traffic is mobile.

The Messenger app, which Facebook has said is being rolled out to users in India and Latin America, is the second of the three apps it plans to roll out across the country.

The other two, WhatsApp and Duo, are already available in some Indian cities, but Messenger is one of the most popular in the country, with more than two million users in the last year alone.

India is home to some of the world’s fastest-growing internet users, with nearly a quarter of the country’s population.