Facebook and Facebook Messenger Updates Arrive on the Play Store
While struggling to bring their apps to the comfortable, usable level they deserve, Facebook developers took a first step towards improving the user experience with the apps through the recent update. The new versions of the apps bring design improvements as well as new features.
Facebook for Android latest version brings some design functionality improvements, with a new button in upper right of News Feed that quickly shows who’s available to message. There is a new design for conversations in Messages and you can now see who’s active so you and your friends know how soon to expect a reply. There are also the usual usability improvements, including bug fixes for errors during multi-photo selections, device restarts, and push notifications.
Facebook Messenger takes a rather big step towards improving the user experience and now integrates SMS messaging on selected devices, letting you have all in one place and even use the app as the main texting app (available in settings). You can also Swipe left anywhere in the app to quickly see who’s available and send a message and add friends you message most to the top of your Favorites. There is a new design for conversations and the usual improvements to speed and reliability including bug fixes.
Both versions are available for free on the Play Store.