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Facebook Messenger Redesign Focuses on Better Navigation

Facebook Messenger Redesign Focuses on Better Navigation

The Active tab will show which users are now online and available to message in real time through a green dot next to their name.

Facebook Inc.is hoping new tweaks to Messenger's Inbox design will help the app's more than 1.2 billion active users navigate the platform's growing number of features.

By giving active users their own dedicated section, it feels like Messenger is encouraging you to start more conversations through the app, as it's easier to see who's online in one long, vertically scrollable list, as opposed the horizontal scrollbar before. This is where I complain again: I wish Facebook would let people hide or get rid of the functions of Messenger they'll never use.

Designed for the iPhone and all iPad models, Messenger can be downloaded now on the App Store for free. With the update, however, the button is back to a normal size, and is nicely lined up with its neighbors.

Furthermore, all of your favourite groups will be highlighted on your home screen, while a new bottom bar also has tabs for the home screen, calls, the camera button, people and games.

In March, Facebook also launched Messenger Day, a feature that allows users to send messages that will vanish after 24 hours.

"These small changes are created to make Messenger simpler for you", the company said in a blog post.

A new feature bundles notifications for Facebook, Messenger and Instagram in one place. The app "is now organized around making Messenger your hub for connecting with all the people and businesses you care about", according to VP David Marcus.


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