Facebook Messenger beta for Android Community Report

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

  • Selfie Mode

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.

  • Voice Assistant in video calls

An Assistant button is showing up in the video call screen, next to the other ones. We do not have much info about the things the Assistant in Messenger can do, or cannot do, but it will probably be able to answer questions and control your calls. I guess that we will have to wait for its official launch for further details.

  • Two Text Effects

An empty Effects tab in the Messenger app has been previously discovered and positioned right between the GIFs and Emojis tabs. Now Facebook has added two fancy text effects there. We covered it partially in one of our previous reports titled "Facebook is testing a new UI, Dark Mode and Voice Assistant for Messenger".

  • Redesigned Switch Account UI

  • Additional row of extra buttons at the bottom

To house the extra buttons for games and such, Messenger may add a separate row at the bottom in the chat pages.

  • Grid layout for Stories in the People tab

  • Watch Party

People in groups can watch videos together. Everyone can see who is watching and can control the video. By starting another video, you will get asked if you want others to be notified about joining you.

Messenger 4 was received well by many, but the switch to a fully white interface with no Night Mode has been annoying to a lot of users. Though, it should come pretty soon as promised before.

Credits: Android Police, Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) and Ananay Arora (@ananay_arora)

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