Fb Messenger debuts a brand new look centered on bettering navigation


Fb Messenger is getting a brand new look. No, it’s not eliminating its Tales characteristic, Messenger Day, however is as a substitute making a collection a smaller modifications to the way in which the content material on its dwelling display screen is organized in an effort to hurry navigation and provide help to choose up the place you left off in your final go to.

The replace introduces new tabs to the highest of Messenger’s most important display screen for shifting between your messages, lively contacts, and teams. As well as, the app will now push you to go to different areas by utilizing a purple dot on varied sections and tabs to let you already know when there’s exercise.

Fb explains that the brand new design is supposed to higher spotlight the numerous different ways in which individuals join and talk, past textual content messages.

The replace relocates Teams from the underside navigation bar to the a tab on the prime of the display screen, making it a much less outstanding characteristic within the redesigned app.

Now, on the prime of the Messenger dwelling display screen, there are tabs in your messages and a listing of who’s lively on the app now (as indicated by the inexperienced dot subsequent to their identify), alongside the brand new teams tab.

Above: iOS inbox earlier than

By giving lively customers their very own devoted part, it looks like Messenger is encouraging you to start out extra conversations by the app, as it’s simpler to see who’s on-line in a single lengthy, vertically scrollable record, as opposed the horizontal scrollbar earlier than.

But in addition, by centralizing all these messaging-focused areas into the house display screen as a substitute of unfold across the app, it frees up Messenger to focus different, newer elements to its expertise in its most important navigation bar on the backside. For instance, Video games – which just rolled out worldwide earlier this month – will get its personal button on this bar now that Teams has been relocated elsewhere.

Above: iOS inbox after

Oddly, given its need to compete with Snapchat across platforms, Fb has now decreased the scale of its Digicam button in Messenger. Earlier than, the outsized button was bigger than these surrounding it, typically even resulting in unintended presses – in addition to an opportunity for Fb to indicate off its Snapchat-like assortment of filters, results, and masks. With the replace, nevertheless, the button is again to a standard dimension, and is properly lined up with its neighbors.

This can be a higher design aesthetic to make certain, but it surely additionally makes the Digicam performance really feel much less like Messenger’s main characteristic, like the bigger button did earlier than.

The up to date backside bar now has tabs for Dwelling, Calls, the Digicam button, Folks and Video games. On iOS, there are labeled, too, the place earlier than they have been simply the icons. (On Android, the app is sticking with solely the icons.)

  1. Android-Inbox-Earlier than

  2. Android-Inbox-After

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Above: Android Earlier than & After

One other new characteristic within the revamped Messenger app is the purple dot that seems when one of many sections within the app has new exercise. For instance, in the event you haven’t learn one in every of your messages, you’ll see the dot subsequent to the Dwelling icon on the underside. Should you missed a name, the purple dot will seem subsequent to the Calls tab on the highest of your private home display screen.

This will likely be a helpful information to serving to you discover these stuff you missed because you final logged on, but it surely may be probably annoying to these of us with app OCD. That’s, in the event you’re a type of individuals who right this moment faucets the Market button in Fb simply to clear the purple dot out of your display screen, put together to start out clicking round Messenger extra following the replace.

Fb says the modifications are rolling out to Messenger worldwide on each iOS and Android beginning this week.

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