What you need to know
- A report has revealed Facebook's plans to overhaul its Messenger app.
- Developer screenshots show that the Discover tab is on its way out.
- Chat bots, business and games are being hidden from view, and chat bots are being demoted.
A new report has revealed Facebook's plans to overhaul its Messenger app, an update Facebook says will begin rolling out shortly.
As reported by TechCrunch:
The change will apparently push users towards more time spent speaking with friends and viewing content, rather than speaking with chat bots, business and playing games. The Discover tab looks to be out, meaning the only tabs you'll see will be Chat and People. People will have two sub-tabs, one for Stories and one for Active.
According to the report, a Facebook spokesperson has confirmed that this redesign will "soon start rolling out", and that some of you might already have the update. More rollouts are planned this week. Facebook said it was delivering on its promise in August that it would eventually get rid of Discover.
Features like Chat bots, businesses and games are being hidden, however, now you'll have to purposefully search for them in the Messenger search bar in order to find them.
The update seems to suggest that Facebook is pushing messenger in the direction of WhatsApp in order to become a streamlined and focused messenger service, rather than a do-it-all utility app like China's WeChat.
As mentioned, some of you may already have this update, and more of you will get it next week.
I would rather have the option to get rid of stories
I only have the Messenger Lite (and Facebook Lite) apps on my phone because I don't want or need the data (and battery) sucking full apps. I also have the "chat" turned off.
I'm just glad they finally put a dark mode and Facebook Lite. Now if we can just get them to do it for Messenger Lite to.
I've had it for a few weeks now. Been wondering what happened to the discover yab all this time worried it would pop up again. Glad it's been confirmed it's gone for good.
I didn't even notice I had it until you mentioned it. I've had it for weeks too, never noticed the change
Quote: “ The People tab now defaults to a full-screen sub-tab of friends' Stories, and requires a tap over to the Active sub tab to see which friends are online now.” Lol... Usability. Worked hard to get everyone on Skype. I better not ruin a good thing with this.
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