The company announced Thursday that Messenger is rolling out a slightly modified look that better organizes the app as it continues its shift from being a simple messaging service to a full multipurpose platform, with current features including video chat, games, chatbots, stickers and financial services. A red dot is used to indicate any places where there is new content you haven't seen yet, and groups are now isolated in their own specific home screen tab.
Facebook's David Marcus says that the Messenger app "is now organized around making Messenger your hub for connecting with all the people and businesses you care about". Across the top are tabs for Messages, Active, and Groups. The same bar will also include Facebook's new Discover tab when it gets released. On top, you can also view tabs for messages and a list of who is now active on the app. Before, the oversized button was larger than those surrounding it, often even leading to accidental presses - as well as a chance for Facebook to show off its Snapchat-like collection of filters, effects, and masks.
The app's home screen has been reorganised, with a top bar showing new tabs for Messages, who is Active, and favourite Groups, as well as a bottom bar for Home, Calls, the Camera button, People and Games. Now though, it has a more or less normal size. For example, if you haven't read one of your messages, you'll see the dot next to the Home icon on the bottom.
Facebook says the changes are rolling out to Messenger worldwide on both iOS and Android starting this week. Last but not least, a new simple visual clue, a red dot, will help users catch up if they've missed anything.
'Today's update puts the many ways people connect on Messenger front and centre'.