Facebook is really screwing around with Messenger lately. They turned it into a camera app you can text people from, another place to view Stories – heck, they even want you to play games inside it. But here’s the thing: none of this matters. Because at the end of the day, most people are just gonna text someone and put their phone down, not jump around a million places inside the app and have it consume their entire day like Facebook wants it to. So Facebook is listening. And today, they unveiled another redesign of the app that, thankfully, puts messaging first.
David Marcus, Facebook’s VP, broke the news today via (you guessed it!) Facebook and described the new UI as now being “organized around making Messenger your hub for connecting with all the people and businesses you care about.” On the top of the app are three messaging-focused tabs; on the bottom you’ll have shortcuts to call people, look up contacts, take a picture (yeah, they’re not letting Stories go just yet), play a game (y’know, because you’ll wanna do this one day when you’re really bored), or use the soon-to-be-released Discover tab; the main interface offers a list of your recent chats and who’s active; and a feed of Stories will be visible each time you open the app. “These changes are designed to make Messenger simpler for you – to help you get to your contacts quickly, jump into your conversations where you left off, start new chats, and stay up to date,” Marcus says.
So I guess that games tab is there so I can stay up to date with what games my friends are playing. It’s a shame because none of my friends play games in Messenger. Bummer.
Facebook says these changes are now rolling out worldwide to Android and iOS users. We haven’t gotten the changes yet, but I kinda can’t wait to get them so I don’t accidentally swipe down on my message feed too hard and access my dumb camera continuously.