Facebook Messenger has picked up a lot of features and design tweaks over the years, but late last year the social network finally decided to tone things down.
Facebook initially launched a major redesign for Messenger back in October of last year. At the time, the company confirmed that the new app would be starting its rollout soon after the initial announcement, but it would be a slow expansion from that point on. And, indeed, the new app design didn’t find its way to the vast majority of users in a quick fashion at all.
Now, in the middle of January 2019, Facebook has finally expanded the app to all users. As was first noted on Friday by The Verge, Facebook’s major redesign for Messenger is finally rolling out to all users of the app. That means Messenger 4 is now available for iOS and Android devices that support the app. Both of the digital storefronts should show the most up-to-date version of the app beginning now.
Messenger will drop a lot of the tabs, reducing the number down to just three from nine. There is a new Chats tab, which will keep your conversations in one place, both for one-on-one and group conversations. And in the conversations there is an easy-to-reach Camera button for when you want to change things up from just a text conversation.
The new People’s tab will show user Stories, see the people who are active, and see your general friend’s list as well. And finally there is the Discover tab, where users will be able to “connect with businesses to get the latest deals, play Instant Games, book your next vacation, follow the news and more”. Messenger 4 also supports color gradients for chat bubbles, and watch as the colors change as you scroll up and down within the message. The colors can be changed as well at any time.
You can find a link to download Facebook Messenger, if for whatever reason you don’t already have it on your phone and you want to check it out, through the App Store link below.
In this writer’s experience so far, a strange thing is happening. The app is updated to its most recent version, and even reflects this with the app icon being updated. However, the app itself has decided not to update just yet, apparently. So while the app icon is up-to-date, and so is the app version number, the app itself has decided to stick it out with the previous version for a bit longer, apparently. Just a head’s up if you run into the same situation on your device.
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