Facebook’s Messenger app for Android and iOS is getting an extensive reworking, and will drop SMS support in the process. According to a Facebook product manager, the SMS feature “just didn’t take off” in the way the company had originally expected, and as such, the feature is being given the axe.
The thing which bother us the most is that facebook has probably gone more away from the Holo UI guidelines for making the application. The application to be frank looks more towards the IOS7 or windows rather than being designed for an Android Device.
The company is also promising significant performance improvements in the new app, and easier ways to find friends to message. You no longer need to be Facebook friends with someone to find them on Messenger – the app can scan your contacts for phone numbers, and if that phone number is associated with a Messenger user, you can send them a message. This should open up Messenger to a substantially wider audience, and make the barrier to entry a whole lot lower for those to lazy to friend everyone in their phone book. Oh, and there are now status indicators to show whether you friends are on Messenger actively, if they’re not (or they’re on the Facebook web interface), the Messenger icon won’t be present next to their name.
Those who did not get the update. Download it from the attached link and install it to your phone. After installing this kindly avoid updating the app from the play store unless the screenshots confirm that the new app has the New UI.
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