New Facebook Messenger introduces more 'simplicity'

Judy Cobb
October 26, 2018

This news was discreetly tucked into Facebook's announcement about the Messenger app getting a redesign "over the coming weeks". Instead of nine tabs along the bottom, users will now have only three tabs: Chats, People and Discover.

Messenger's People tab now combines the Active and People tabs to make it easier for users to find friends, see who's active online and catch up on friends' Stories - all in one spot. That's why Messenger 4 has another way to personalize your conversations with a small but delightful update to chat customizations called color gradients.

So starting today, Messenger is globally rolling out an understated redesign globally over the next few weeks. The company refers to this version of Messenger as the "simplified version of Messenger", due to the fact that a number of icons have been relocated and the app looks less cluttered now. Well, this standalone Messenger app has just got a design overhaul.

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Seven of 10 people recently surveyed told Facebook that their No. 1 priority for a messaging app is "simplicity'". There is the indigenous platform erected around the newsfeed, great many accession from the photo apportioning platform Instagram to the global communication company WhatsApp; and divisions like Messenger which is accessible within the Facebook mainframe and as a solitary app. Messenger 4 integrates Chats, People and Discover, which allows you to access games and businesses. Stan Chudnovsky, the VP of Messenger, claimed that Messenger 4 is a "new, simplified" version of the app. That's because the Messenger team is very aware that its users aren't necessarily the biggest fans of big changes (and some people still haven't forgiven Facebook for forcing the app on them to begin with). Cool, isn't it? The colors of the chat bubbles change as you scroll up and down in a conversation.

The social networking giant said Messenger 2.3 will bring deeper engagement between businesses and customers. "It can take time to get used to changes in an app you rely on every day, which is why we're rolling out Messenger 4 in phases", Chudnovsky's post continues. The fact that Stories is in both the Chats and People section make it seem that the company wants a lot more than the existing 300 million users across Facebook and Messenger opening its Snapchat copycat.

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