Facebook Streamlines Messenger

Facebook Streamlines Messenger
Facebook has updated Messenger's home page to make it quicker and easier to use.

(CCM) — Facebook has given its Messenger home screen a makeover to make the app more ergonomic. The update does not introduce new features; rather it is designed to make using the existing ones easier and more efficient. "All your beloved features are still there but are organized a little differently to make it faster for you to find what you want. We’ve been testing this for a little while in countries all over the world and today we are making it available to everyone," the company said in a Facebook post.

The new home screen now has new tabs for messages, an "Active now" section which shows who is actively messaging at that moment, and favorite Groups highlighted. Tapping or swiping to these tabs enables users to navigate quickly to where they want to go within the app.

The update also introduces a new bottom bar with tabs for Home, Calls, Games, People, and a camera button. "When you have new activity in one of the sections or the tabs, you'll see a red dot letting you know to tap on the section or tab to check out the latest. For example, if you have a new, unseen message, you'll see a red dot next to Home along the bottom. Or, if you have a missed call, you'll see a red dot at the top next to Calls," the post explains.

The changes are available now in some countries and will roll out worldwide on iOS and Android over the next week.

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