Facebook Messenger is receiving a fresher look with a newer, faster home screen. Navigation is easier, as the company improved content organization. And it now helps you continue where you left off on the last visit.
According to Facebook VP David Marcus’ post, the updated app turns Messenger into a hub that connects people and businesses, communicating beyond text messages.
The new Facebook Messenger has new tabs atop the home screen. It provides a simpler way to navigate between messages, active contacts and groups. The new app also shows a red dot on tabs or sections that need your attention for new activities.
The old design had Groups at the bottom navigation bar. This time you will find it as a tab atop the home screen.
New Home Screen Tabs
The new design features tabs for Messages and Active contacts list, indicated by a green dot for each contact, and Groups.
With a dedicated section for active users, Facebook wants Messenger users to start more conversations and more quickly. The new design uses a vertical list, whereas the old design worked horizontally.
Having all messaging features atop the home screen, Facebook Messenger now has free space at the bottom bar for other features, especially Instant Games.
Earlier this month, Facebook released Instant Games worldwide. It now has a dedicated button at the bottom bar of Messenger previously occupied by Groups.
Smaller Camera Button
Facebook has been releasing Snapchat-like features over recent months, including an oversized Camera button. This button boasts filters, masks and effects similar to its rival.
Strangely, the new Messenger app has a smaller Camera button–back to its normal size. It seems Facebook has stopped competing with its closest rival.
The Bottom Bar
Facebook revamped the bottom bar with tabs for the Camera button, Home, Calls, People and Games. It also added labels for the iOS version. Android users will have to do with icons.
The Red Dot
Another feature in the new Messenger app is the red dot. It appears whenever a section has new activity.
For instance, an unread message or missed call will prompt the red dot to appear next to the Home and Calls tabs.
The red dot serves as a visual reminder for updates since your last visit in the app.
Facebook says the revised Messenger app will roll out globally this week on iOS and Android devices.