Facebook Just Introduced Messenger 4, a Simplified Version of Its Flagship Messaging App

9 tabs have been cut to 3, and the Camera is now on top

Move fast and break things” has apparently given way to “keep it simple” for the team behind Facebook Messenger.

Vice president of Messenger Stan Chudnovsky unveiled Messenger 4, a new, simplified version of the social network’s flagship messaging application, in a Newsroom post.

Chudnovsky wrote that a recent study by his team revealed that 71 percent of respondents believe simplicity is the top priority for them in messaging apps and 62 percent said messaging makes them feel closer to friends and family.

On that note, Messenger 4—which will “gradually roll out globally over the coming weeks”—will have three tabs instead of nine:

  • Chats, which will contain all one-on-one and group conversations.


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