Just a few days ago at WWDC 2016, Apple announced some major improvements for iMessage, and soon after, Facebook has now rolled out some significant updates for its Messenger iOS app. In a blog post, Facebook claims that with the new update, users can now do a lot more than just send and receive messages. Among the most prominent updates in the new Messenger is the entirely refurbished home screen. Also Read - Facebook gives voice to emojis with Soundmoji: Here's how to sendAlso Read - Netflix could launch its video game streaming service next year, at no extra cost
Post the latest update when you launch Facebook Messenger, you still see the first few most recent messages at the top of your screen. However, this is followed by a new section called Favorites. The new section, that runs horizontally on the screen, highlights the people you speak to more often than others, so you can quickly pick up your previous conversations. Also Read - You can now use WhatsApp web without your phone
The Favorites section is then followed by a very convenient Birthday reminder. So now you no longer have to go to Facebook drop downs and scroll through Events to see the upcoming birthdays. Additionally, the latest version of the Messenger app now has a separate section called Active Now, which reflects all your friends who are currently online on the Messenger.
Essentially, the new update gets rid of the straightforward list of recent conversations, and instead lists down conversations divided into relevant sections now. These sections are listed under a new Home interface, which includes tabs for Calls, Group chats, Contacts and User Profile.
“Up until now, most inbox experiences haven’t kept up with the new ways people connect,” Facebook said in a blog post. “We’ve been thinking about how we can make it simpler and easier to find what you want to start a conversation.”
Recently, Facebook also brought back SMS integration to its Messenger app. Essentially, you will now be able to send and receive SMS, as well as Facebook messages in one app. The catch is that it is only available on Android, as iOS restrictions don t allow third-party apps to access text messages.