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Facebook Messenger Gets Android Update

NicoleMotta - March 8, 2016 - 12:34 PM
Facebook Messenger Gets Android Update
On Monday, Facebook Messenger boss David Marcus announced the design makeover for the Android app.

"If you're using Messenger on Android, you've been wanting a brand new material design for a bit," said Marcus in a Facebook post. "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. This brand new design will be rolling out later today! As always, give it a try, and let us know what you think, and how we can make it even better for you!" Facebook has been testing these design elements for the past few months, but now the changes are rolling out to all Android users. There do not appear to be any new features in the redesigned Messenger app, just tweaks including a floating action button for starting new chats. The update is available on Google Play now.

In addition to getting a new Android update, Facebook Messenger users can now hail a Lyft ride from within the app. On Monday, Lyft announced the launch of its own developer program and a new partnership with Facebook Messenger. "With Messenger, our two companies share a unique brand alignment. Lyft's mission is to unite humanity and technology – and Messenger's goal is to be the best way to communicate with the people and businesses that matter to you most," said Lyft in a blog post. "In the coming weeks, as Messenger x Lyft rolls out across the country, we'll celebrate our shared priorities and dedication to delighting users with unique surprise promotions. To get a Lyft while using Messenger, tap 'Transportation,' select Lyft, and ride."

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