Following this week’s news that Messenger for Android users can now use a app for SMS, Facebook announced this morning a new demeanour for a mobile messaging app that aims to offer some-more than only a elementary list of new conversations. While those will sojourn during a tip of a screen, they’ll now be followed by new sections display your Favorite contacts, friends’ birthdays, and an “Active Now” section.
This latter area will assistance we see who’s now online by fixation a immature dot subsequent to a friend’s name, as you’re informed with from a desktop site’s discuss sidebar. And we can daub a “See All” couple to see everybody accessible around chat.
Meanwhile, a Favorites territory will prominence those we message with a most, Facebook says, and is meant to act as a by-pass to starting new conversations with those friends.
These dual areas seem like useful additions, though a birthdays section is maybe not as welcome. Already, Facebook lights adult a phones with notifications on a birthdays, and now Messenger wants to boost that. Of course, it creates clarity that Facebook would supplement this, given that call people to wish friends a happy birthday can boost rendezvous with a app during a time when many people are regulating mobile messaging more, and Facebook’s amicable network less.
All a new sections are means to be accessed by dire a new “Home” symbol to a left of Calls, Groups, People and Me in a bottom navigation.
Facebook says it’s creation these changes to make it “simpler and easier” for users to start conversations. But the company wants Messenger to be some-more than only an “inbox,” too, it records – it has been expanding what Messenger is able of, trimming from a introduction of bots to being a apparatus to discuss with businesses.
The association didn’t give an denote of when a refurbish would be rolling out, so it’s expected going live for everybody now.