After a week of bad press, Facebook is on the run for some good ones. Either that, or the social media has just been keeping up a lot of good stuff under wraps, waiting for the perfect timing to unveil them so. And the time seems right as it began rolling out its new material design-styled version of the Messenger platform on Android for all users across the globe.
The rollout of the fresh new looks, which uses Material Design, according to Tech Crunch, has been announced by Facebook Messenger head David Marcus on his post. In it, he also addressed the issue of why the rollout took a long time to happen in which he stated that “Any major redesign of an essential app used by hundreds of millions of people around the world is painstakingly hard, and that’s why we took every precaution to ensure you’d truly enjoy this evolution.”
Material design is the design language that Google has introduced in 2014 which gives Android apps a more universal look and feel. And with the use of that language, the new Messenger now features a bright blue navigation bar which could be found on top of the screen. It comes with access buttons to chat, groups, settings and more.
Aside from those changes, it would be noticeable that instead of a blue bottom bar separating buttons for composing new chats, making phone calls and search; now it’s replace with a new floating action button that appears on the bottom right of the screen. When pressed the floating button lets the user make the common actions within the social media such as writing a message, making a call, search etc.
The Next Web noted that the rollout of the new look and feel of the Messenger is the first time that the messaging platform got a distinct look on any platform which is basically identical on the web, Android and iOS. It is also noted that the new Android look of the app looks much more in line with the design philosophy that is expected from Google.
There have been various Material Design elements in testing used by the Messenger team over the past months where a number of beta versions of the app have been seen from time to time. Facebook has also enabled some of these versions for some users in what the social media giant calls as A/B testing reports GSM Arena. The new Facebook Messenger for Android is confirmed to start rolling out later today and can be downloaded through the Google Play Store.
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