Facebook begins rolls out revamped Messenger app

A Faster, Smaller and Simpler Facebook Messenger

Facebook has started rolling out a faster, smaller and simpler Messenger on iOS. The roll out will take place over the the next few weeks and the company says that Messenger will load twice as fast and will be one-fourth its original size. 

For now, Facebook Messenger isn’t undergoing a radical reinvention in terms of the aesthetics, functionality, and organization that users experience. The app still looks a lot like Messenger 4, the simplified version that Facebook deployed in October 2018.

The new version is simpler still. It removes the Discover tab, which showcased businesses with a Messenger presence, and revamps the People tab with a splashier look and greater emphasis on the stories feature.

Raymond Endres, VP of Engineering, Messenger said:

People turn to messaging apps throughout the day to stay in touch with the people they care about so it’s important the app loads quickly and is simple to use. On the heels of Messenger 4, we started a journey to simplify and redesign Messenger, internally called Project LightSpeed, and now we’ve rebuilt the iOS app from the ground up. 

Facebook has made some major changes to the app in an attempt to make the app faster, smaller, and simpler to use.

  • Faster: A faster start time may not matter as much if you only open an app once or twice a day to play a game or watch a movie, but it makes a huge difference when you open an app many times a day to respond to messages from the people who matter most.
  • Smaller: A smaller app means Messenger starts, downloads and updates faster for everyone, including people who use the app on older devices or in areas with lower connectivity where every kilobyte counts.
  • Simpler: We’ve streamlined the app while keeping it rich with features and making it easier for our engineers to build better experiences. For example, we’ve reduced the contact list from 40 versions to one that works consistently across the app. This not only helps with the cognitive load for people, but it also means engineers don’t need to build new experiences from the ground up.

Endres added:

Simplifying our iOS app to make it faster and smaller was no easy feat when more than 1 billion people rely on Messenger. We reduced Messenger’s core code by 84% — going from more than 1.7 million lines of code to 360,000 — and we rebuilt our features to fit a new, simplified infrastructure. Fewer lines of code makes the app lighter and more responsive, and a streamlined code base means engineers can innovate more quickly. As part of the rebuild, a few features will be temporarily unavailable, but we’re working to bring them back soon.

You can read more engineering details on how Facebook rebuilt Messenger here.

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Version: 254.0
Updated: March 2, 2020
Category: Social Networking
Requirements: iOS 9.0+
Price: Free
Developer: Facebook
Contains Ads: Yes
In-App Purchases: No

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