Facebook simplifies Messenger design, promises Dark Mode soon

Facebook simplifies Messenger design, promises Dark Mode soon

Facebook today unveiled a redesigned Facebook Messenger (version 4, apparently) that attempts to simplify the user interface for its 1.3 billion monthly active users. If you don’t get the new look immediately, don’t fret — Messenger 4 is rolling out globally “over the coming weeks.” This redesign kicked off about a year ago — Loredana Crisan, Facebook director of product design, told VentureBeat that the work first began last fall. “Expect to see us invest in massively simplifying and streamlining Messenger this year.” Marcus has since moved on to lead Facebook’s blockchain team, leaving Stan Chudnovsky, Facebook vice president of Messenger, to show off the redesigned Messenger today. The new Messenger has three tabs instead of nine, Chudnovsky explained. Getting to the number nine is a bit convoluted, but take a look at the Facebook Messenger app on your phone right now. You should see Messages, Active, Groups, and Calls at the top, plus Home, People, Camera, Games, and Discover at the bottom. While Chats houses both one-on-one and group conversations, it still also includes Stories and “visual communication features like Camera at the top so you can easily capture and share your selfies,” Chudnovsky explained. The People tab is meant to help you “find friends” and shows you who is active right now. To be clear, Messenger isn’t losing any functionality. Here’s a sneak peek of the latter: The screenshot on the left probably best demonstrates the problems with this redesign — it feels unfinished.

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Facebook today unveiled a redesigned Facebook Messenger (version 4, apparently) that attempts to simplify the user interface for its 1.3 billion monthly active users. If you don’t get the new look immediately, don’t fret — Messenger 4 is rolling out globally “over the coming weeks.”

This redesign kicked off about a year ago — Loredana Crisan, Facebook director of product design, told VentureBeat that the work first began last fall. In January, Facebook promised to “massively” simplify Messenger sometime this year. “While we raced to build these new features, the app became too cluttered,” said Facebook Messenger chief David Marcus at the time. “Expect to see us invest in massively simplifying and streamlining Messenger this year.”

Marcus has since moved on to lead Facebook’s blockchain team, leaving Stan Chudnovsky, Facebook vice president of Messenger, to show off the redesigned Messenger today. The new Messenger has three tabs instead of nine, Chudnovsky explained. Getting to the number nine is a bit convoluted, but take a look at the Facebook Messenger app on your phone right now. You should see Messages, Active, Groups, and Calls at the top, plus Home, People, Camera, Games, and Discover at the bottom.

The new Messenger has just Chats, People, and Discover. Facebook still has some work to do…

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