Friday, 16 November, 2018

Facebook is putting focus back on simplicity with Messenger 4

Facebook Messenger redesign Apps & Software
Troy Mann | 25 October, 2018, 12:56

Those who think that Facebook Messenger is too complex can finally celebrate: this popular piece of code is getting a simplified interface. These tabs include one for Chats, People, and Discover. This Messenger v4 update is focused on simplicity as most people surveyed by Facebook said that they would like to see simplified version of Messenger.

It will also make it easier for users to access games and e-commerce chatbots, which are central to Facebook's plan to make Messenger a hub for online shopping and customer service.

Along with gunking up the app's interface over the year's, Facebook has also slowly started cranking up the monetization engine for Messenger, through things like selling ads that appear in users' lists of messages as well as in-between Stories from their friends.

With Facebook packing more features into Messenger over the years, the app has become quite bloated, with nine tabs occupying the home screen.

Along with consolidating tabs, the Messenger team made a handful of tweaks to individual chats.

The third tab, Discover, neatly rounds up all the Messenger functions you've been likely avoiding thus far, such as connecting with brands and businesses, playing Instant Games, news, and so on.

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According to Stan Chudnovsky, VP of Facebook Messenger, "Messenger 4 will gradually roll out globally over the coming weeks".

Facebook Messenger, which now has more than 1.3 billion users, is widely used in part because, beginning in 2014, the tech firm required people to download the chat service as a separate app. Messenger 4 addresses this by dropping that number down to three. "Every single time when you make an app simpler, people are using the app more and more and more", he said.

The company is also adding a few minor new features, like the ability to change the color of your chat bubbles to gradients, and a new dark mode.

Facebook says there are additional features coming at a later date, including a dark mode, and re-skinned UI that "cuts down on the glare from your phone".

However, while Messenger Lite omitted some features to concentrate on core use cases, the new Messenger app still offers all of the features previously available in Messenger.

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