Perhaps you’ve just woken up from a deep and refreshing sleep, and when you check your phone for messages on Facebook, you would see that the Facebook Messenger app looks entirely new, more particularly speaking if you have an Android device. The new design seems to draw on Google’s Material Design principles. It even looks as though the new look took some pointers from Google+.
Facebook Messenger Gets a New Look
This update to Facebook Messenger was just launched recently on Google Play, and for those who have set the app to update automatically might be surprised with the new look when they open it. It takes pointers on the design principles which Google showed back in 2014. Since then, Facebook has applied the principles to its own apps on Android, iOS, and even on web platforms.
There are two main changes brought into the app – the new solid-blue navigation bar found at the top, and the white icons for groups, people, timeline, and settings. Also, this strip replaces the old (and rather dingy-looking) white bar at the top with gray icons. This same notion can be said for the status bar as it is now blue with white text. Also, there’s a new action button found at the lower right.
For those who have already forgotten about the previous design, it had a blue bar but that was found at the bottom of the app’s screen. The bottom portion is now replaced with a cleaner look but it now has the aforementioned action button. Said button is a blue circle with a “+” symbol. Tapping on the symbol will grant you options to search for people within Facebook to start or continue a chat.
David Marcus, Facebook Messenger boss, has the following to say about the design makeover: “If you’re using Messenger on Android, you’ve been wanting a brand-new material design for a bit. Any major redesign of an essential app used by hundreds of millions of people around the world is painstakingly hard, and that’s why we took every precaution to ensure you’d truly enjoy this evolution.” He stated this in a Facebook post.
Apparently, the new update to the Facebook Messenger app is just a redesign as it appears it did not contain any new features. It has been known that the developing team behind the app has been testing out new design elements for the past few months. Therefore, some users may have already gotten a glimpse of the finished product before it has been rolled out globally.