Facebook is finally fixing Messenger. The social network giant today launched Messenger 4, a completely new Messenger experience that will be rolled out over the coming weeks.
Messenger 4 introduces a completely redesigned interface. The point of the major update is to focus on simplicity and remove all the annoying, idiotic distractions Facebook has been adding over the past few years to generate revenue. The company has finally realised its mistakes, and it’s now hitting the reset button to make things simple, again.
Say 👋 to the new Messenger. We've simplified the experience to make it easier for you to find the features you like, connect with the people you care about, and personalize your conversations.
Posted by Messenger on Wednesday, 17 October 2018
The new Messenger has three tabs: chats, people, and discover. Chats gives you access to all your recent chats with direct access to your friends’ stories, while the people chat shows you all of your contacts, and the discover tab gives you access to all the distractions that made Messenger annoying to use. And that includes things like games, and direct access to businesses for customer service, and similar things.
The modern design of Messenger makes brilliant use of whitespace and looks really clean in my opinion. Facebook is also redesigning the chat experience, with new message bubbles that have this Skype-like gradient.
Facebook says the company will introduce a Dark Mode for the new Messenger in the near future, too. The update is rolling out now on Android and iOS, though it will likely take a while before the updated experience is available for everyone.