Last year at its developer conference F8, social networking giant Facebook announced a redesign for its Messenger app. And now, the redesigned app has finally started rolling out. The Facebook Messenger listing on Google Play Store as well as App Store has the updated version of the app, and certain media reports suggest that it’s available for both the operating systems. However, we should point out that Facebook’s Messenger team has reportedly said that the update is being rolled out in a phased manner and it may take a while before it is available for everyone.
The main purpose of redesigning the Messenger app is said to be to make it more simple than what it was earlier. After the update, the Messenger app will put your messages front and centre once again. However, the widespread release of the updated app is taking a long time. We should mention that the redesign was announced by Facebook in May 2018 and it initially started rolling out in October.
However, even now, the only guaranteed way to get the revamped app is to buy Facebook’s Portal video-calling device. But finally, months after it was initially announced, the revamped app is rolling out to one and all. But as we mentioned earlier, this too is happening in a phased manner, so don’t be surprised if you don’t get it immediately.
The most highlighted feature of the redesigned Messenger app includes that post the update, its nine tabs will be merged into just three. Besides this, the interface of the app will become a lot cleaner than what it was earlier. It is worth noticing that the Messenger app will still come with the numerous functions that have been stuffed into it over the year including games, bots and reminders. However, users will now be able to access most of these via a new four-dot icon.
While the update doesn’t add too many new features to Messenger, it improves the experience to a great extent and makes the user interface of the app far more simpler than earlier. We feel that this was indeed a much-needed redesign for the Messenger app as it had rather become too overstuffed with the numerous features that have been added to it over the course of the last couple of years.