Facebook Messenger

The all-new design and features can now be used by everyone

The latest update to Facebook Messenger, which was first announced about two weeks ago, is now rolling out to all users. Previously only available to a limited number (presumably to catch bugs), the new version with an all-new design and features will be available for everyone to download.

Along with a new white and light blue design (that frankly looks iOS 7-inspired) and faster performance, along with new chat features like the ability to message someone with just their phone number, the latest update is worth a look. It now stands in pretty high contrast to the stand-alone Facebook app, which can be kind of jarring, but the Messenger experience is now much improved.

Grab an update to the latest version at the Play Store link above.

Via: Facebook

 

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Newly redesigned Facebook Messenger now available for all

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Good job guys, I fell for it. I re-enabled auto update and it immediately 'updated' me back to the old version.

I got into with people on Google+ that tried to argue that it doesn't look like ios7. It bothers me how many people love this new look on android but when iOS was announced the whole android camp(and some iOS users) did nothing but talk crap.

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But this shares the ultra bright colors of the stock messaging app on ios7.

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I think updates just take a while to appear on the Play Store for everyone, sort of like DNs propagation. Even if the developers release a universal update.

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Never on my phone or pad.. the most hacked site in history. It is like giving all your credit cards and SS card .. LOL

You're right. 1 billion peoples lives are ruined by this app evvvveryday!!!! ........

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Uhmm if I read this correctly this apps make your mobile # public during initial set up if you very your mobile # is this correct ...

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Not really. People will only be able to add you on messenger if they already have your number in their contacts list.

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Looks nice!

And for some reason, Hangouts 2.0 isn't showing up for me yet. So, I can't really compare the two yet

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Same here. I really don't want to sideload the hangouts apk but I'm ready for it to update.

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The update never showed up for me either. I side loaded the Hangouts app. Your phone will virus check it before you install it. It's safe. The Hangouts app is cool. I can provide you with a link or you can just search for it.

I have to say, although I like the new update, I can't stand how bright it is! I think the need to now include some themes with a "dark" option.

Just my 2 cents

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I was one of the chosen ones to try it out before it was released to all. Love the change much fresher and modern looking.

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Im a bit confused...can i use this new updated app for sms as well as Facebook chat?

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I am trying to figure that out as well. I have the new update but don't see the option anywhere.

Don't think its possible, just got misled by the app description. Would be great though cos I love the messaging interface even if it is a copy of ios.

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Delete all app data from the application manager... Hahaha.

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Why oh why did they get rid of sms? Now I don't really need to use it anymore. It was one of my favorite apps for having the sms support.

The user reviews on Google Play are very bad. Apparently alot of ppl are pissed about the iOS inspired look and the elimination of sms capabilities. Even tho I didn't use it for sms I think I'll pass on this for now..

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I know my wife has replaced her default SMS app with this.
SMS and Facebook are her two main messenger systems.

She is going to be confused, and then very annoyed, by this.

We all are on android to avoid those iOS skin and stuff, and now facebook is messing up everithing now! Geez just give a beautiful Holo design!!!

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I actually dumped my iPhone and switched to Nexus to get away from the ugly ios 7 look. If that blinding white crap follows me to Android, I'm going to be pissed.

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The app is ok. Buy it makes a ton of noise. Many different beeps and bops, and they are all Facebook sounds so they will be different than your notification/sms tones. Kind of annoying actually.

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I hate it. I hope they don't update the android version of Facebook to the same one that's on iOS.

Nice one Facebook, now I can no longer receive sms messages on messenger meaning I have to go back to using two apps again. What a load of toss....

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Am I the only one that thinks it's idiotic to highlight what I say and leave all the messages I'm receiving in grey, I care more about what is being said to me, I already know what I said

The only way i found how to log out from messenger is to clear the data in messenger through manage applications in settings . hope they add a log out button in later versions.