After many months of A/B testing, Facebook Inc. yesterday began rolling out a new, Material Design-styled version of Messenger on Android to all its users worldwide. The updated application now features a blue top bar and a floating action button, along with other visual tweaks.
The announcement was first done on Facebook by David Marcus, Vice President of Messaging at Facebook and features screenshots of the final look.
9TO5Google report says, Marcus’ tweet makes reference to a “brand new” Messenger so there may possibly be other new features in store.
The brand new Messenger for Android, featuring material design is coming to your phone today! pic.twitter.com/qvQxZCs3bZ
— David Marcus (@davidmarcus) March 7, 2016
“Any major redesign of an essential app used by hundreds of millions of people around the world is painstakenly hard, and that’s why we took every precaution to ensure you’d truly enjoy this evolution.” David writes, as to why the update took so long to arrive.
However, a number of Android users that already received the update as Facebook had been testing its release ahead to its launch.[related-posts]
All the same functionality is pretty close to where you left it, the visuals have just shifted around a bit. Update your Messenger to get a newer version of its look.