Facebook goes back to basics with a simpler and cleaner Messenger app

Facebook’s Messenger app has been very displeasing to use for a long time now. It takes up a lot of system resources and forces you to deal with popup messages, among a myriad of other complaints. There is an audience out there that uses Messenger, despite the app being a hassle to use. Facebook has heard the long-ignored criticism and is refreshing the app with a cleaner and simpler look.

Messenger 4

The new redesign focuses on conversations and removes all extra distractions. You won’t have to deal with “in your face” apps like games. The company is giving Messenger a clean and minimal look.

At the center of it, Facebook has done away with all the gimmicks. They have gotten away with all the extras that divert users from the experience. While all the old features have not been removed, they stay out of the way and hidden in menus and options.

The New Messenger

Say 👋 to the new Messenger. Starting today, we're rolling out a new, simplified design to make it easier to connect with the people you care about most.Learn more: https://messengernews.fb.com/2018/10/23/say-hello-to-the-new-messenger-introducing-messenger-4/#simplyMessenger

Posted by Messenger on Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Facebook Messenger 4 Features

Here is a breakdown of all the features that Messenger 4 offers:

  • The menacing photo/video button in the bottom center is now gone.
  • Messenger will now show you people who are currently ON messenger as online.
  • You can hide your online status with greater ease.
  • There is now a Discover tab, similar to Snapchat. It suggests useful links and services that cater to the user’s taste.
  • Chat bubbles can now have their background color in a gradient color. The color will change when you scroll up and down.
  • You can give any person a nickname.
  • A new gesture to call people. Simply swipe right on the person’s name.
  • You can still send photos, videos, emoji, stickers, etc in a normal chat.
  • Dark mode is one of the planned features in the pipeline.

It’s clear that Facebook is finally confronting the hard truth. No one wanted the clutter of extra apps on messenger and Facebook took a step in the right direction by getting rid of the bloat. The new Messenger app puts user experience at the center. The app is currently rolling out to iOS and Android users around the world. It might take a few weeks for the roll-out to complete.