Starting Wednesday, Facebook is rolling out an update for its Messenger app that comes with a refreshed design that makes it look simpler and adds a lot more white space to the app.
In a survey conducted by the company, 71% of the people said that simplicity in a messaging app is their top priority. So, they did just that with their new Messenger 4.
“We believe Messenger 4 delivers the closeness and authenticity that you’ve been asking for — through simplicity of design and powerful features that put the focus back on messaging and connecting,” stated Stan Chudnovsky, VP of Messenger.
The Messenger 4 will be rolled out globally over the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, let’s talk about what’s new?
Facebook is toning down the number of tabs the new Messenger 4 will have from nine to three. The three new tabs will be Chats tab, People tab and Discover tab,
The Chats tab will include your conversations — individual and group. Media featuers like a camera icon to help share photos quickly will also be included in the chats.
The People tab will contain the Stories put out by your friends and you’ll also be able to see who all are active.
The Discover tab will allow users to connect to businesses or play instant games, follow news and more.
Inside the conversation
Messenger 4 users will also be able to customise chat colours — being called colour gradients by the company. You can customise the colour of your chat bubble.
“You can see the colours change from red to blue, for example, as you scroll up and down a conversation. Colour gradients can be changed any time to reflect your mood or topic of conversation.”
Features remain the same, design changes
Facebook isn’t really changing the features of the Messenger but the way you interact with them by providing a simpler design.
“Whether you want to poll your friends on which movie to see, split the bill for last night’s dinner, share your live location to find friends at a music festival, challenge them to your favourite games, or catch up in a group video chat, we aren’t changing anything”
In the future, Facebook will also be adding a Dark mode, re-skinned interface to reduce the glare from your display and more to the Messenger app.
Advisor at Candid.Technology, Feeroz is a professional journalist with 34 years of experience in print, digital as well as television. After graduating from Delhi University, he began his journalistic journey with India’s leading news agency Press Trust of India in 1986. After working for nine years in print media, he became the first batch of media professional to switch over to electronic media in 1995. Since then he has been working with different news channels and digital media.