Facebook Pares Back Messenger's Bloat for the Better
Facebook today revealed a new version of Facebook Messenger featuring a cleaned-up user interface that the social network hopes people will find more appealing. To start, Messenger 4 will dial back the number of tabs from nine to three with an emphasis on existing one-to-one and group conversations. These fall under the Chats tab. The camera controls have been moved so they are easier to find and interact with while composing messages. The People tab lets people seek out their friends, view their friends' stories, and see who is active at any given time. The Discover tab is where Facebook says people will find businesses, games, travel, news, and more information. Apart from these changes, Messenger will introduce new ways for people to customize their experience. Messenger is adding color gradients that employ multiple colors to make chat bubbles more unique. The colors of the conversation will change as people scroll up and down. Messenger's advanced tools, such as polls, bill splitting, location sharing, gaming, and group video chats, are still available. Last, Facebook says a Dark Mode will be rolling out in the near future. Facebook Messenger 4 is being distributed globally in waves over the next few weeks.
May 18, 2017
Facebook today said it is simplifying the main screen of Facebook Messenger, returning the app's focus to messaging. Facebook has over the last year added numerous features to the messaging tool and the app's usability has suffered somewhat as a result.
Apr 18, 2017
Facebook today announced major changes to its Messenger platform that should make bots easier to find and use. To start, Messenger now includes a Discover tab where people can recall recently used bots, as well as use a free-form search field to seek out new bots.
Mar 21, 2018
Facebook today expanded the tools people can use to manage large group chats in Messenger. Administrator privileges allow people to approve new members before they can join a group chat, as well as remove members and promote/demote another user to/from the role of admin.
Feb 20, 2018
Snapchat is pushing an update to its mobile app that adds several new features, including support for Giphy stickers and Tabs. With Giphy on board, Snapchat users can add GIF stickers to their snaps by tapping the sticker button.
Mar 7, 2018
Facebook today made its slimmed-down messaging app a bit more powerful with the addition of video chatting. Facebook calls video chats "an expected and essential part of everyday communication" and the company is pleased to offer the functionality to users of the Messenger Lite app.