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Facebook overhauls Messenger with simplified new design

By midian182
Oct 24, 2018
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  1. With Facebook packing more features into Messenger over the years, the app has become quite bloated, with nine tabs occupying the home screen. Messenger 4 addresses this by dropping that number down to three.

    The trio of tabs at the bottom of the updated app includes ‘Chats’, which lets users access conversations (individuals and groups) and see Stories, while a shortcut at the top right brings up the Messenger camera. Then there’s the ‘People’ tab, which also contains friends’ Stories and shows who is currently online. ‘Discover’ is the final tab, where you can connect with businesses and play games.

    Including Stories in two separate tabs isn’t too surprising. Facebook continues to push the feature, which is used by 300 million people each day.

    With Messenger 4, users can now personalize the app by using color gradients, which will make a chat bubble change color when scrolling up and down. It’s also possible to give people in chats a nickname, and sending a photo or starting a video call with someone can be done by simply swiping right on the person’s name.

    Additionally, Facebook says it is adding a Dark Mode to Messenger sometime over the coming weeks. The feature will help cut down glare from a phone and makes using the app in a low-light environment easier on the eyes.

    The social network stressed that while the app is getting a new interface, all its current features—polls, location sharing, etc.—are still present.

    Messenger 4 is rolling out in phases to all users right now.

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  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    Interesting is this out already? I use it daily on all platforms Windows, Apple, Android.
  3. ghostf1re

    ghostf1re TS Guru Posts: 414   +265

    It would be great if they just got rid of the annoying ads they decide to place on my friends list, but that won't happen. I'll just continue to not use the service.
  4. Dimitrios

    Dimitrios TS Guru Posts: 528   +393

    I removed Facebook when it keep updating almost everyday, what do they have to do for their APP to update it just like Windows 7 I get crazy huge updates on Windows 7 the last few weeks.

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