Like most apps, Facebook Messenger is ever-changing with constant updates to make it more user-friendly. And it’s no surprise, really. With more updates come new features, some of which have already shown up on our phones.
Here’s what to expect in the new and improved messaging app:
A Shiny New Logo
We’re all too familiar with the logo of both Facebook and Facebook Messenger. However, in a statement released by Facebook, this logo will be getting a facelift to showcase what it calls “the future of messaging.” Thus, the classic blue and white that we know will now evolve into a purple-to-blue gradient.
“Our new logo reflects a shift to the future of messaging, a more dynamic, fun, and integrated way to stay connected to the people you’re close to,” Facebook said in a statement. “We hope you like it as much as we do.”
Starting out with just the Like button, Facebook eventually expanded its reactions to include a wide range of emojis. This, of course, translated to its messaging app, as well. Beyond the heart eyes, angry face, and the thumbs up, though; you now get the option to use an even wider range of emojis. Best of all, you can choose your top six frequently used reactions. Just press the plus button and experiment away!
All throughout 2020, Facebook has been launching new products and features that can help you connect better with friends and family. This is in line with the ongoing pandemic, where a lot of us are forced to stay at home to keep safe. One of these features is what Facebook calls a virtual room.
Messenger Rooms allows you to create a room for joinable video calls. The good news is that there’s no time limit to them! Plus, it can accommodate up to 50 people; even those without Facebook accounts can join. To start off, just create a room right within Messenger or Facebook, share the link to invite people to join, and bond away! You can even connect with small businesses, host movie nights, conduct conference calls, and more with this feature.
Cross-app Communication with Instagram
With all of the messaging apps and programs out there, it’s easy to lose track of your conversations with people. To combat this, Facebook has announced a cross-app communication with Instagram. This will be rolled out to users in North America soon (sadly, no announcement yet for the Philippines). That way, you can send messages to Instagram users via Facebook and vice versa.
More Way to Personalize
There is no greater joy in making something truly yours. Well, what better way to do so than by personalizing your messages? Aside from a new logo and default chat color, Facebook Messenger will soon be launching new chat themes like love and tie-dye. Plus, Facebook adds that users can expect more new features like the selfie sticker and vanish mode to roll out soon.
The possibilities are endless!
Are you excited about these new features?
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