Facebook is reportedly redesigning its mobile app’s navigation bar to give it a more personal touch for users. According to CNET, the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen in Facebook’s app for iPhones, and at top of the screen in Android app after the redesign will see icon shortcuts icons depending upon a user’s personal usage.
The navigation bar previously showed every user in the same country the same five or six icons depending upon the region. For example, in India, it was the News Feed, Groups, Friend Requests, Marketplace, notifications and menu.
With the redesign, Facebook app’s navigation bar is said to retain the News Feed, notifications and menu icons, but the other two or three slots will show the stuff you use most frequently. It can include icons for your profile, friend requests, Marketplace, Groups and Watch depending upon what you like using most. Although, at first, these icons will be selected randomly by Facebook based on usage, later there will be settings that will allow people to have more control and select what icons they want to see in the navigation bar.
“We want the shortcuts available in the navigation bar to reflect how an individual uses Facebook,” Product Manager Alexa Andrzejewski said in a statement to CNET. “To that end, we’re customizing mobile shortcuts so everyone can more easily connect with their most frequently used products.”
Facebook had started testing the update in February, but it is said to be rolling out the redesign globally to its more than 2 billion users over the next few weeks.