- Selfie Mode
- A new user interface
- Dark Mode
- AR Stickers
- Emoji reactions
- New actions
- Photo Effects
- "Add friend" pop-up
Facebook Messenger 126.96.36.199.99 (non-beta) begins displaying hints about your friends' new Stories inside chat threads
Following the leaks about the ever-wanted dark mode support inside Facebook's instant messaging app that will come shortly, this time there is something else added to chat threads and is available with the most recent Play Store update. The particular release version that it is included in has come out on March 18 with a build number 188.8.131.52.998. It is certainly a stable release and has the following release notes attached in Google Play's 'What's new' section.
In this update, you can now see your friends' Messenger Stories right inside your chat thread, and they can see yours, too! Messenger wants you to build better, more meaningful conversations with your friends and family.
As you have already gotten the idea, there is a new a tiny shortcut, or a bubble, per se, that is getting shown in chat threads....
Messenger is still very popular among instant messaging app users, despite Facebook's own WhatsApp taking a huge piece of the cake in regards to popularity this past couple of years. The reason behind the former holding its pace is that it has tighter integration with Facebook and benefits a ton from that.
All of that aside, there is finally a long-long-asked feature inside Messenger - dark mode (or black mode, which is even better.) Previously, it was possible to enable it with root access and such, until they finally decided to hide an easter egg in the app lie Snapchat did and here is how it works. Simply, all you have to do is send a crescent moon emoji (🌙 - this one in particular) to anyone in a chat and you will get a pop-up saying that you have found dark mode, so you can go ahead and enable it from the settings. The funny thing here is that immediately after sending the emoji, moons start raining, or bananas, I would say....
Messenger reverts back to the old UI and leaks some features - Selfie Mode, Voice Assistant in video calls, Watch Party and more
The new Messenger redesign, known as Messenger 4, has just started rolling out to everyone, but unfortunately, it had been switching back for some. Actually, a lot of users on the Internet are reporting that on their Android devices Messenger has already reverted to the old interface for an unknown reason. It apparently happens because of a bug, or the rollout was not planned for this large of an audience, but it should come back soon enough.
Features in testing
Facebook Messenger is testing Selfie Mode, which is the same as Portrait Mode that is shipping on many smartphones released in the past two, or three years. This mode does two things - Skin Softening and adds a Bokeh blur effect....
This week there were some pretty important leaks about the new UI overhaul which is coming to Facebook Messenger for Android, revealed by the talented leaker Jane Manchun Wong, who you can find as @wongmjane on Twitter.
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To begin with, the new interface looks very different compared to the current one. Some highlights are the white action bar-status bar combo, the bold titles and the improved Assistant UI, which now has its own shortcut in the main page. It is positioned next to the camera and the new message buttons on the right side, while the user avatar has been switched to the left side, and below are the search bar and the Stories bubbles....