Messenger has become one of the busiest and most difficult to use applications in the Facebook portfolio, and the company has to release a "Messenger Lite" version for those who just send messages without complicating all kinds of functionality which they do not want. Facebook, however, wants Messenger to remain a relevant platform that users do not abandon in favor of other alternatives, so it will make major changes in the near future, simplifying the interface
Mark Zuckerberg revealed at the F8 conference that the next major update of Messenger will be delivered with a new and simple interface that will give you access to the most important features right away without having to navigate through many menus. The "Chat" main screen will return to a "classic" form that provides quick access to the conversations started, the only extra items being the search box and the Stories component that appears at the top
Besides Chats, there will be two other tabs, Contacts and something that looks like a Discovery icon that probably uses geolocation to identify friends in the immediate vicinity. It seems that the focus that the company has put on the "camera" in the past will be low, this functionality being moved to the top, along with the video call button and the new conversation button. The two game buttons and "apps" seem to disappear completely. Along with the new interface, the application will also receive a "dark mode", especially required by smartphone users with OLED screens, making the power consumption in the application low.
Facebook Messenger is not, however, in danger of becoming irrelevant or without many advanced features. New Capabilities for Augmented Reality have been introduced, developers able to integrate such features into their products compatible with this platform, while Artificial Intelligence M will be able to translate messages to pages and pages through bots in real time. At the beginning, the English to Spanish translation will be provided, and vice versa, but more languages will be added along the way. This system will debut in the United States.
The new interface will be launched "very soon", while more special features will appear over the next few months.