Facebook Messenger Redesign Coming ‘Very Soon’ to Make it Simple Again

Instagram isn’t the only Facebook app getting some new features and changes, as Messenger is in the queue, too.

Facebook announced at its F8 developers conference today that its popular messaging app, Messenger, is getting a major redesign “very, very soon”, and that the focus this time around (as opposed to last year’s redesigned) will be to slim things down and make the app simple to use again.

The Verge has a quick write-up of what’s coming down the pipe. Facebook says the new redesign will be simple and “clean”, aiming to make it as easy as possible to use. Up to this point, Messenger has become a bloated presence, especially compared to a variety of different messaging apps out there, with a lot packed inside. That will be changing soon, though.

“When you’re messaging, you really want a simple and fast experience,” Mark Zuckerberg said during the company’s F8 keynote. “We’re taking this moment to completely redesign Messenger to focus on these ideas.” Zuckerberg again reiterated the “clean” and “fast” nature of the revamped Messenger app before moving on in the keynote.”

The new app’s navigation will be centered around three tabs that will be present at the bottom of the screen. These will focus on communication. There will be an icon for the camera and video chat, which will stay at the top right of the display. According to the original report, the new redesign makes Messenger look like a chat app, which will probably go a long way for further adoption and usage.

Our Take

I don’t go out of my way to use Facebook Messenger, but when I do my consistent thought with the mobile app is how crowded it feels and looks. A redesign isn’t necessarily overdue, but it should be a welcomed change for users.

[via The Verge]