Facebook Messenger update restores messages as top feature

An illustration photo shows a man holding a smart phone with a Facebook logo as its screen wallpaper in front of a WhatsApp messenger logo. (Facebook Inc Reuters/Dado Ruvic)

One of the most popular messaging apps received an update earlier this week. The update aims to refocus the app to its supposed main purpose.

According to a post from Facebook vice president David Marcus, the company’s “Messenger” app is now updated and will sort the conversations using tabs. The revamped look now puts messages as the top priority. It is now the first tab on the upper left-hand corner that users can easily access.

“Now, along the top of the inbox, you’ll see tabs that help you navigate to your Messages, tell you who is Active so you know who you can quickly reach, and a place to find your favorite Group conversations.,” explained Marcus.

Furthermore, it has a bottom bar packed with other essentials. These include the Home, Call, Contacts, and Games buttons. Placed in the middle of these four is the Camera button that allows users easier access for quick snaps. Moreover, a red dot serves as a visual notice and reminder of any missed conversations.

Another update Facebook Messenger users can look forward to is the Discover tab. It will begin to appear on the bottom bar in the next few weeks. “These changes are designed to make Messenger simpler for you – to help you get to your contacts quickly, jump into your conversations where you left off, start new chats, and stay up to date,” Marcus added.

The update rolled out this week for both the Android and iOS operating systems.

Meanwhile, BBC reported that the EU fined Facebook 110 million Euros for providing “incorrect or misleading” information. This is concerned with its 2014 purchase of the WhatsApp messaging service. The European Commission claimed that Facebook said they were incapable of automatically matching the user accounts on their own platform and WhatsApp following their acquisition.

The company, however, eventually launched a service that accomplished exactly that. Facebook, for their part, admitted that their errors were not intentional.