Facebook Messenger Goes Truly Material with the Latest Update

March 9, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The new update of Facebook Messenger has been whispering the muted tones of a complete Material overhaul ever since it started arriving off the records for some users. But no more will it be having its confidential operations, as Facebook has publicly announced the launch of its new visual upgrade to the Messenger app for all.

This would mean that the Android version of the Messenger app now joins the list of countless others that have adopted the Material Design concept of Google introduced back during 2014. Accordingly, each app will represent a similar visual layout through which Android OS can boast of its distinction from the rest.

As with the Material design adopted by Messenger, Facebook has indeed brought a much refined look for its Messenger app from the previous versions. Chats are now arranged more neatly, and a blue navigation bar now finds its spot at the top.

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The segments you can access here are the recent chat lists, groups, contacts, and settings. Interestingly, the hamburger menu is what you get as the contacts button, and it doesn’t come to the right extreme like in other apps.

However, Facebook Messenger has introduced a Floating Action Bar at the bottom which will let you start new conversations at ease. The action bar can also be used to start calls or make searches. Similarly, the same will get converted to give you options of creating a group, pinning a group, or creating a contact when entering the respective tabs.

Facebook is said to be working on the new update for over a month from now. The initial reports of a new Material Design update showed up during January, following which many users reported the availability of the same in their devices the following month.

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