New Tabs And Red Dot Make Navigation Much Easier

Posted May 19, 2017

At the heart of the new features is a new-look home screen with new tabs for messages, including one that shows which of your friends are active on Messenger through a highlighted green dot. These tabs, as one example, isolates users who are active that moment, making it easier to find who is online versus those who aren't now available. This is where I complain again: I wish Facebook would let people hide or get rid of the functions of Messenger they'll never use.

For example, if you have a new, unseen message, you'll see a red dot next to calls at the top of Home at the bottom.

But also, by centralizing all these messaging-focused areas into the home screen instead of spread around the app, it frees up Messenger to focus other, newer parts to its experience in its main navigation bar at the bottom.

Oddly, given its desire to compete with Snapchat across platforms, Facebook has now decreased the size of its Camera button in Messenger. With the update, however, the button is back to a normal size, and is nicely lined up with its neighbors.

The new bottom bar has tabs for Home, Calls, the Camera button, People and Games. So, Facebook is giving Messenger a revamp.

The first change can be seen at the top of the Messenger home screen.

In March, Facebook also launched Messenger Day, a feature that allows users to send messages that will vanish after 24 hours.

According to the post, Facebook will roll out the Messenger home screen update to the iOS and Android versions of the app this week. The update is turning the Messenger into a personal hub for connecting with all the people and businesses users care about.