Messenger From Facebook began testing a new design for its Messenger Kids stand-alone application with the goal of making navigation easier for its users.
Messenger Kids debuted in December 2017.
The new experience is initially being rolled out to iPhone users in Canada and the U.S., with more countries and devices to be added in the coming months.
Key updates in the redesign include:
- Dedicated Chat and Explore tabs at the bottom of the inbox to enable kids to easily switch between conversations and in-app activities.
- A revamped Chat tab layout that brings the most recently active conversations to the top of the inbox.
- Media and message previews so kids can quickly see updates to their conversations.
- The ability to start a call with a swipe gesture directly from the inbox.
- Custom chat bubble colors to personalize one-on-one and group conversations.
Messenger wrote in a blog post Tuesday, “Messenger Kids is still the same app that kids love, with the same controls parents expect. Kids can still video chat their friends, take silly photos with fun filters in the Messenger Kids camera and access the variety of single and multiplayer activities designed just for them. The Messenger Kids Pledge and “4 Things About Your Info” flow, which teaches kids about how their information is used and shared, are still easily accessible in the app. Parents can continue to set controls through the Parent Dashboard, including managing their kids’ contacts.”