Facebook tweaks Messenger design to make it 'simpler' to use as the platform continues to grow
19 May, 2017, 08:33
New tabs on the top of the main screen are created to make it easier to move between messages, active contacts, and groups.
The company announced Thursday that Messenger is rolling out a slightly modified look that better organizes the app as it continues its shift from being a simple messaging service to a full multipurpose platform, with current features including video chat, games, chatbots, stickers and financial services. This is where I complain again: I wish Facebook would let people hide or get rid of the functions of Messenger they'll never use.
Now that Groups is moved out of the bottom Tab bar, Facebook has been able to replace it with Games.
Facebook added: 'These small changes are created to make Messenger simpler for you - to help you get to your contacts quickly, jump into your conversations where you left off, start new chats, and stay up to date'.
For example, if you have a new, unseen message, you'll see a red dot next to calls at the top of Home at the bottom.
Facebook has also chose to decrease the size of the camera button. On iOS, there are labeled, too, where before they were just the icons.
"We're exploring ways to help people switch more easily between their Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram accounts".
"The update was recently detailed on Facebook by Messenger lead David Marcus, who says the updated home screen is 'now organized around making Messenger your hub for connecting with all the people and businesses you care about".
According to the post, Facebook will roll out the Messenger home screen update to the iOS and Android versions of the app this week.