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Fb Messenger debuts a brand new look targeted on bettering navigation


Fb Messenger is getting a brand new look. No, it’s not eliminating its Tales function, Messenger Day, however is as a substitute making a sequence a smaller modifications to the best way the content material on its residence display screen is organized in an effort to hurry navigation and make it easier to decide up the place you left off in your final go to.

The replace introduces new tabs to the highest of Messenger’s fundamental display screen for transferring between your messages, energetic contacts, and teams. As well as, the app will now push you to go to different areas through the use of a pink dot on numerous sections and tabs to let you understand when there’s exercise.

Fb explains that the brand new design is supposed to raised spotlight the various 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 high of the display screen, making it a much less outstanding function within the redesigned app.

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

Above: iOS inbox earlier than

By giving energetic customers their very own devoted part, it appears like Messenger is encouraging you to start out extra conversations by means of the app, as it’s simpler to see who’s on-line in a single lengthy, vertically scrollable listing, 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 fundamental 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, usually even resulting in unintentional presses – in addition to an opportunity for Fb to point out off its Snapchat-like assortment of filters, results, and masks. With the replace, nevertheless, the button is again to a traditional dimension, and is properly lined up with its neighbors.

It is a higher design aesthetic to make certain, but it surely additionally makes the Digicam performance really feel much less like Messenger’s main function, 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 had 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 function within the revamped Messenger app is the pink dot that seems when one of many sections within the app has new exercise. For instance, if you happen to haven’t learn one among your messages, you’ll see the dot subsequent to the Dwelling icon on the underside. If you happen to missed a name, the pink dot will seem subsequent to the Calls tab on the highest of your own home display screen.

This shall be a helpful information to serving to you discover these belongings you missed because you final logged on, but it surely may be doubtlessly annoying to these of us with app OCD. That’s, if you happen to’re a type of individuals who right this moment faucets the Market button in Fb simply to clear the pink 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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