Fb provides Messenger a Materials Design makeover on Android
Confirming studies from earlier this yr, which spoke of a forthcoming revamp of the Fb Messenger software for Android units, Fb at present started rolling out a brand new, Materials Design-styled model of Messenger on Android to all customers worldwide. The up to date software now includes a shiny blue navigation bar on the prime of the display with buttons to entry chat, teams, settings and extra. In the meantime, instead of the underside blue bar with separate buttons for composing new chats, search and making telephone calls, there’s now a brand new floating motion button that seems as an alternative on the backside-proper of the display.
This button, when pressed, allows you to take these widespread actions, together with search, including contacts, making a name, writing a message, and so forth.
Materials Design, by means of background, is the design language that Google first launched again in 2014. The thought was to offer Android apps a extra common look-and-really feel, by means of numerous tips that inspired daring colours, polished movement graphics and animations, intentional use of white areas and extra.
That being stated, the Messenger for Android makeover itself is just not overly dramatic, because it doesn’t current an array of latest options or performance for finish customers to study. It’s extra of a visible overhaul to the app with subtler modifications which will even go unnoticed by irregular Messenger customers.
The replace was first introduced on Fb itself by Messenger head, David Marcus.
Addressing why the replace took so lengthy to reach, he wrote that: “Any main redesign of an important app utilized by tons of of tens of millions of individuals all over the world is painstakenly [sic] onerous, and that’s why we took each precaution to make sure you’d really take pleasure in this evolution.”
Marcus additionally confirmed within the feedback of his submit that the replace can be out there to all customers later as we speak.
Quite a few Android customers, nevertheless, already acquired the replace as Fb had been testing its launch forward of right now’s information. Leaks from January and February pointed to this redesign being within the works, although it was unclear on the time when all customers would obtain the replace, as nicely.
For reference, under is the present model of Messenger, displaying the underside blue bar and the white background for the highest navigation.