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Facebook Messenger for Android to get a Material Design revamp

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Facebook Messenger for Android to get a Material Design revamp
Most techies cannot help but love a clean, crisp UI to aid usability. Google's Android has been easy on the eye for quite a while now and thanks to the layered, more practical Material Design initiative first introduced with Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Big G's mobile platform looks and feels better than ever. Many app developers have raced to comply with the new guidelines and after a somewhat lengthy wait, Facebook's Messenger app on Android may soon follow suit. 

Smooth functionality is always going to be the primary concern for company with a stake in technology of Facebook's magnitude. Indeed, when Messenger first broke away into a standalone entity across the major mobile operating systems, it was afflicted with quite a few teething issues. With the app now largely performing as one would expect given the size of the user base, Material Design looks set to add the gloss.

If you're expecting a completely overhauled design, you'll probably be disappointed. Through screenshots leaked via Reddit, it looks like a future update would instead bring minor, understated but nonetheless noteworthy tweaks. Check out the screenies below for an idea:

Facebook Messenger for Android to get a Material Design revamp
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The action button, as you can see, hovers within thumb's reach, making it an easy main point of interaction. For crusaders of both looks and streamlined usability, it's a step in the right direction.

It's just been pushed out as a server-side update for select users, and everything going to plan, it shouldn't be too long before the new changes trickle out via the Play Store. 

Are you liking the slated changes to Facebook Messenger? Let us know your take via the comments!

(source: Reddit via MobileSyrup)

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posted on 20 Jan 2016, 23:08 3

1. maxha97 (Posts: 93; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


It's much cleaner but not beautiful

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 23:12

2. submar (Posts: 417; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


iOS and material hybrid

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 23:15 1

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I like the iOS Messenger app. Granted I haven't updated it since September but it works flawlessly. Haven't used the app on Android in awhile so idk how it performs.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 00:10

6. vincelongman (Posts: 4164; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


The Android Messenger app is great IMO
Performance is always smooth
Chat heads are so handy (they also inspired other apps like link bubble and Flynx)

My only complaints would be no attempt at material design (until now) and no auto night mode or dark theme

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 23:22 1

4. zeeBomb (Posts: 1863; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Yaaasss!

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 00:04

5. vincelongman (Posts: 4164; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Finally!
They've had this in screenshots for ages

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 00:50 1

7. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


It will still suck 10% battery overnight in background. What a trash app.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 03:57

10. WPX00 (Posts: 237; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)


Agreed

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 06:56

12. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


That's why I mostly browse facebook on their web site, not the app.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 01:26 1

8. Unordinary (Posts: 1285; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Why does the general public still allow such garbage apps (Messenger & FB) on their phone? Battery drain on Android and iOS are horrendously bad and tremendously disgusting. Take these two or either off your phone and you'll notice the difference day and night. I'm surprised Apple let's this company allow such battery drain when Apple knows FB takes advantage of code exploit to workaround restrictions. When background app refresh is turned off in iOS, there should be no reason there is 5hours of drain when the device is asleep. Again, surprised Apple let's this slide. Let's not forget their sh*tty undescriptive app update dialogue in Google Play and the App Store: "bug fixes and other changes". F*ck FB and Messenger apps. The mobile FB page is flawless; heck even better than the app itself.

/public rant over

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 02:01

9. kambuto (Posts: 65; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


Material design? Really, Facebook and Google? This is soo 2000 and late...oh, dear.

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 05:21

11. submar (Posts: 417; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


they should make it completely material
and the update look awful

posted on 21 Jan 2016, 06:59

13. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


I'm no Material Design fan, so don't care...

posted on 22 Jan 2016, 18:38

14. TheAmazingBoj (Posts: 12; Member since: 13 Aug 2015)


finally

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