Back on October 23, Facebook announced Messenger 4 which introduced a new, and supposedly simpler Facebook Messenger experience with a new design and features. At the time, Facebook noted it would be rolling out globally in the coming weeks, and now, it seems as though the server side change has hit more users, though without some of the noted changes.
To make it easier to find the features you care about, the new Messenger will have three tabs instead of nine. Your conversations — both one-to-one and groups — are front and center in the Chats tab. For hundreds of millions of people every day who share pictures and videos, Messenger 4 will have visual communication features like Camera at the top so you can easily capture and share your selfies. Once you tap into Messenger 4's People tab, you can find friends, catch up on people's Stories, and see everyone who is active right now. Then you have the Discover tab, where you can connect with businesses to get the latest deals, play Instant Games, book your next vacation, follow the news and more.
The redesign certainly looks simpler and easier to navigate, and they've cleaned up or at the very least buried some of the junk that made the app feel bloated, but the noted Dark Mode is nowhere to be found on the Android version right now, so you're left with the blindingly white UI.
Given Facebook Messenger is one of the apps I use a lot, I'm glad to finally see it get a redesign and while I don't love it right now, it does seem improved over the previous version. I just really need that dark mode because that all white UI is evil.
Have you got the update yet? If so, drop your thoughts on the redesign in the comments. If you don't have it yet, hang tight. It will come eventually, but you'll have to wait for it as it doesn't come as an app update.