Facebook Messenger for Android to get a Material Design revamp

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:

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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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11 Comments

1. maxha97

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

It's much cleaner but not beautiful

2. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

iOS and material hybrid

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 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

4. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Yaaasss!

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Finally! They've had this in screenshots for ages

7. TyrionLannister unregistered

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

10. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Agreed

12. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

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

8. Unordinary unregistered

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

14. TheAmazingBoj

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

finally

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