Facebook has had its sights set on redesigning Messenger, one of its most popular tools out there, in an effort to focus on connecting people with a simpler design.
That effort is seeing the first sign of life. Facebook Messenger 4 is now official, with the full rollout happening beginning now. It will see global distribution over the next coming weeks according to the social network. The new design is meant to focus on “simplicity of design”, while including powerful new features that keep people connected.
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. And that’s not all, though, as Facebook Messenger has more coming down the line, including a dark mode. There is also a re-skinned interface coming at a later date, which “cuts down on the glare from your phone”.
The standard Facebook Messenger 4 rollout begins today but will take time to roll out to everyone. Keep an eye out for the update.
What do you think of these new changes?[via Facebook Newsroom]