The official Facebook app is one of the most terrible apps one can find on Android today, with inconsistent performance and an interface that harkens back to the times when Google’s mobile operating system was an unattractive mess. Well, that’s something that isn’t changing today, but what is changing is the Facebook Messenger app for Android, thanks to a much welcome update that’s rolling out for it today.
The update brings a fresh new design, one that follows Android’s Holo design guidelines pretty nicely, with blue indicators and bars and a bit of an iOS 7 look that makes it instantly attractive and appealing. Performance has greatly improved as well, with the app now completely smooth in almost every aspect, such as swiping through tabs and using the ChatHead feature when not inside the main app.
Also included in the update is support for sending messages to friends via SMS instead of Facebook, as long as they have a verified number added to their Facebook details; furthermore, Messenger will now notify you of whether a user is online from a mobile device or from a browser, a feature that brings the app closer to Facebook’s messenger functionality on the web.
Again, while the main Facebook app might not get the overhaul it so badly needs any time soon (it could, if Facebook spent time on that instead of making Facebook Home), the update to Messenger is one that should make the experience considerably better than before. The new Messenger is available on the Google Play Store already, so go get it!