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Facebook Messenger officially gets Material Design

Facebook is now rolling out a new design overhaul that formally brings Material Design to Messenger.

Published onMarch 7, 2016


With Messenger poised as Facebook’s next big moneymaker with the advent of in-app ads, the sultan of social media has been tinkering with their one-stop-shop communication app ceaselessly over the last few months. Although we’ve seen some limited Material Design rollouts as Facebook has been trying to field test updates for the app, now it look like the aesthetic overhaul is coming to messenger for good. According to a tweet by David Marcus, lead developer for Messenger, Material Design is officially rolling out across the board in an update that is launching today.

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It doesn’t look like a whole lot has changed here. Messenger’s minimalist look was already pretty close to Material Design to begin with, but we are seeing the addition of some much cleaner looking blue bars at the top of the screen. Spacing in general feels like the app is giving its users a little more breathing room, and a perky blue “+” button will now be the way you’ll initiate a brand new conversation. On the friends list, the bottom bar has been removed entirely. While chatting, the toolbar has been simplified and resides below the draft space rather than on top of it. That irritating little “like” button that is practically never used on purpose is still right by your thumb, however, so look forward continuing your practice of accidentally sending a thumbs up in the middle of a conversation.

Not much else to report here. All the same functionality is pretty close to where you left it, the visuals have just shifted around a bit. What do you think of Facebook Messenger’s redesign? Nice improvements or total snoozefest? Let us know in the comments below!

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