Facebook messenger's popularity and efficiency has led to the company's decision to phase out Beluga group messaging service.

Facebook only acquired beluga earlier this year, but since the success of Facebook Messenger, which comes fully integrated with all Facebook's original features, the company has decided to shutdown Beluga completely.

Now that Facebook Messenger has launched worldwide in 22 languages, Beluga will start to be phased out from Nov.11th, when users will no longer be able to send messages, although old messages will still be available on Beluga's app and Website. The service will shut down completely on Dec.15th, when users will no longer have access to old message archives.

We'd like to thank you all for being such enthusiastic and loyal users. We'll continue to use your feedback to improve Messenger and make messaging your friends easier, faster and more fun, the company posted on their Website.

Facebook Messenger is available on iPhone, Android and Blackberry and allows you to send mobile messages quickly to any contact across the world. Features:

Send messages instantly to other friends who have Messenger

Chat with friends who are on Facebook

Get free push notifications for incoming messages

Add location and photos to messages

 Reach friends via text message if they don't have Messenger yet

 Access sent and received messages on both Messenger and Facebook

Create group conversations for making plans on the go

Add more friends to group conversations at any time

Control alert and location settings for each conversation

Beluga fans on Twitter do not seem to be too upset about the news 'Facebook messenger is basically Beluga but better,mattybikes tweeted.