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Facebook launches new Messenger home screen

Facebook has announced a new look for its Messenger home screen.

The announcement:

Today we’re excited to announce a new look for the Messenger home screen.

Messenger is about people and how you connect with the people you care about – whether that’s chatting with a group via text and stickers, sharing your Messenger Day, making calls via video or voice call, or interacting by playing a game (bit.ly/2pCiIjB).

As messaging has evolved from text to richer forms of communication, Messenger has introduced new features to support that shift. Today’s update puts the many ways people connect on Messenger front and centre.

our new home screen is organised around making Messenger your central hub for connecting with the people and businesses you want to in whatever way you prefer. All your beloved features are still there but are organised 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.

Now at the top of your Messenger home screen, you’ll find:

  • new tabs for your Messages
  • who is Active now (tap the Active tab and check out the green dot showing who’s currently messaging!)
  • all your favourite Groups highlighted

By tapping or swiping to these tabs, you can quickly navigate to where you need to go and get messaging faster.

A new bottom bar also has tabs for Home, Calls, the Camera button, People and Games. 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.

These small 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. This will be rolling out worldwide on iOS and Android this week. As always, we look forward to hearing your feedback.

Source: Facebook

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