Facebook launches redesigned iOS app, promises Messenger for macOS & more

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Facebook announced a bevy of changes during its F8 conference keynote on Tuesday, among them a redesigned iOS app and Messenger for macOS.

The redesigned Messenger for iPhone.
The redesigned Messenger for iPhone.


The overhauled core app shifts more focus to events and groups, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on stage. A "Groups" tab is now in the center of an updated menu bar, and displays a customized news feed combining joined groups with recommended new ones. A related "Meet New Friends" feature is intended to link users with strangers that have shared interests or real-world ties, such as the same employer or school.

A redesigned Events tab makes it easier to find events, organize a calendar, and sort through public and friend-hosted gatherings. Its updated map should make it possible to see where events are in relation to each other.

Rollout of the app begins on Tuesday afternoon.

Later in 2019, a native desktop Messenger client is coming to both Mac and Windows. The software will support most if not all features of the mobile app, such as audio and group video calls. Mac owners can already use Messenger via the Web, but a dedicated app may mean faster performance, better notifications, and not having to switch browser tabs.

Due in the same timeframe is a rewritten iPhone and iPad version of Messenger with a drastically smaller footprint, less than 30 megabytes. The update will jettison some of the extraneous features the app has accumulated, gaining speed in the process.

It will include two new ones. The first is a space devoted exclusively to close friends and family, though details are still scarce. The second is the ability to share videos with friends and watch them together.

Zuckerberg also used his speech to reinforce the company's privacy plans, necessitated by a series of highly public scandals that could cost it billions. Along those lines, Facebook is promising to bring WhatsApp calls and end-to-end encryption to its controversial Portal video call devices. Launched Oct. 8, the products were quickly scrutinized for their privacy, and Facebook was forced to correct itself and admit that some data is collected for advertising purposes.

Facebook Portal


Also disclosed at F8, the Portal line will finally arrive outside the U.S. this fall, beginning with Canada then migrating to Europe.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    "Messenger for macOS." if i dont want this crap on my phone, why the heck do i want this on my MAC? Whats wrong with just using the browser for it anyway if you have too? I am happy someone told me about Friendly for IOS instead of that crap app called Facebook. I have to use the platform and hate that stories could not be hidden. Anyhow just venting. 
    berndogmdriftmeyercornchipwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 8
    AI_liasAI_lias Posts: 293member
    Facebook? People still use Facebook?
    cornchipwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 8
    AI_lias said:
    Facebook? People still use Facebook?
    Children do... they don’t know better...yet...
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 8
    Johan42Johan42 Posts: 163member
    "Messenger for macOS." if i dont want this crap on my phone, why the heck do i want this on my MAC? Whats wrong with just using the browser for it anyway if you have too? I am happy someone told me about Friendly for IOS instead of that crap app called Facebook. I have to use the platform and hate that stories could not be hidden. Anyhow just venting. 
    Troublesome. Go get professional help. I for one will update all my Facebook apps.
  • Reply 5 of 8
    cornchipcornchip Posts: 1,312member
    Too bad I’ll never see it. Haven’t had fb on any of my devices for years and log in once or twice a year, but I really should just delete my account (not that it would do any good).
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 8
    JosephAUJosephAU Posts: 17member
    What a bad design! Lose 1/4 of screen to tabs and everything is smaller. Hate it!
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 8
    holmstockdholmstockd Posts: 74member
    Johan42 said:
    "Messenger for macOS." if i dont want this crap on my phone, why the heck do i want this on my MAC? Whats wrong with just using the browser for it anyway if you have too? I am happy someone told me about Friendly for IOS instead of that crap app called Facebook. I have to use the platform and hate that stories could not be hidden. Anyhow just venting. 
    Troublesome. Go get professional help. I for one will update all my Facebook apps.
    Oh great one, what professional help do you suggest I seek? Oh wise and prudent master?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 8
    mcbanjomcbanjo Posts: 11member
    AI_lias said:
    Facebook? People still use Facebook?
    Children do... they don’t know better...yet...
    Actually most of the kids I know are using Insta and to a lesser extent Snapchat. Facebook has become something for their parents and grandparents these days.
    watto_cobra
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