Update, November 13, 2020 (6:34PM EST): For one reason or another, Facebook halted the rollout of the redesigned Messenger. Perhaps the new UI introduced enough bugs for Facebook to stop the rollout and try to figure out what is wrong. Maybe Facebook jumped the gun a bit.
Either way, Facebook will likely restart the rollout in the near future.
Update, November 13, 2020 (3:41PM EST):noted that the Facebook Messenger refresh is rolling out now. It is a server-side update, so you cannot force the update to show up on your device. That said, you are more than welcome to update Messenger and just stare at it until you get the refreshed UI.
Original article: With all the hoopla that Facebook and its CEO have faced in recent months, Facebook Messenger continues to chug along as one of the most popular messaging services out there. It also looks extremely busy, though the new Messenger 4 update looks to fix that.
The biggest difference with Messenger 4 is how much more simple the design interface is. Up until now, Messenger had nine tabs you could navigate through and which made the interface feel very busy and loaded. Messenger 4 decreases the number of tabs down to just three: Chats, People, and Discover.
As the name suggests, Chats is where all of your messages live and where you start out when you open the app. People is where you can find the list of Facebook friends that are currently online and where you can search through your entire friends list. Finally, Discover is where everything else lives. That includes businesses you can message and Instant Games you can play.
If all of that sounds familiar, that is because functionality largely remains the same; the more significant differences are visual. In the Chats tab, for example, the camera and new message buttons now live on the top right.
There is a new inclusion worth talking about: color gradients for chat bubbles in conversations. For example, you can see the color change from red to blue as you scroll up and down a conversation.
Finally, Facebook also said it is working on new Messenger features for future updates, which include the ever-popular Dark Mode.
Messenger 4 will gradually roll out over the coming weeks for Android and iOS.