Facebook on Tuesday launched a test of a drastic redesign to its Messenger for Android app, making it faster and less data-hungry. Previous versions of Messenger have integrated texting, but it is a major feature of this update.
The redesign kind of borrows from iOS 7 in terms of color scheme, with white being the dominant color.
Facebook announced this redesign in a blog post:
As more and more people use Facebook to connect with their friends on mobile, we are focused on building the best mobile products. Facebook messaging started as a desktop chat experience, but when it comes to messaging on mobile, people want something faster and lighterweight.
Starting today, we’re testing an update to Messenger on Android that makes it a faster and more reliable mobile-to-mobile messaging experience. More details on the features being tested are below.
Users can easily see if their friend is on Facebook Messenger by the Messenger bolt icon near their photo. If a user has a friend who does not have Messenger or isn’t connected to them through Facebook, they can simply use the app to text the friend.
Facebook emphasized that this is a test for select Messenger for Android users, not a global rollout.
Readers: What do you think of the redesign of Messenger for Android?