Facebook Introduces Messenger Redesign for Faster, Simpler App

Facebook entered the messaging app market almost a decade ago, and it is pretty clear why they did this. The social media platform knew that it would need to have a separate messaging app if it was going to stay ahead of the game, and with its acquisition of WhatsApp the platform found that it possessed two of the most popular messaging apps in the world.

However, while the social media platform managed to take WhatsApp to even greater heights than had been seen ever before, another thing to note is that the Messenger app started to slowly decline, and in order to prevent the app from becoming highly unpopular Facebook decided to launch a project that it referred to as Project Lightspeed, and the way this project works is that the social media platform was trying to improve the messenger app so that it would stay as relevant as possible.

It turns out that this project has finally borne fruit, and users are now going to be able to use a highly improved version of the Facebook messenger app. This new version is going to be a lot faster than any version you might have used before, and at the same time would be much less bloated with features that nobody wants nor uses.
"Simplifying our iOS app to make it faster and smaller was no easy feat when more than 1 billion people rely on Messenger. We reduced Messenger’s core code by 84% — going from more than 1.7 million lines of code to 360,000 — and we rebuilt our features to fit a new, simplified infrastructure.", announced Raymond Endres, VP of Engineering, Messenger, in a blog post.
The app is a lot smaller as well which means that it will take up a lot less space on your phone. This will address a complaint that a lot of people were making with regards to the messenger app, namely that it took up so much space that it didn’t leave any room for any other apps that people may have been wanting to use. These are improvements that are going to make the app far better in pretty much every single way, and they will certainly contribute to a larger number of people downloading the app now.

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