A Completely Overhauled Messenger From Facebook Comes to iOS

The social network initially revealed Project LightSpeed at F8 2019

Project LightSpeed, the faster, slimmer version of Messenger From Facebook first announced by the social network at F8 2019, is no longer a project, but a reality.

Messenger From Facebook vice president of engineering Raymond Endres said in a blog post Monday that the “faster, smaller and simpler Messenger” began rolling out for iOS Monday, with the process to continue over the next few weeks.

The new iOS application was rebuilt “from the ground up,” and Endres said it loads twice as quickly as the previous version of Messenger for iOS while taking up one-quarter of the space, according to Facebook’s internal tests and production data.

The revamped Messenger is also the next step in Facebook’s plans to enable private messaging and interoperability across all of its messaging apps—Facebook (Messenger), Instagram and WhatsApp—initially confirmed by CEO Mark Zuckerberg last January.




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