Facebook has announced it is going to completely overhaul its Messenger app, with the aim of making the service much easier to use.
The major refresh was announced at the company’s F8 developer conference with Mark Zuckerberg saying: “When you’re messaging, you really want a simple and fast experience.”
The redesign should help to make Messenger less cluttered with Facebook set to cut down on things like games.
More simplified and convenient navigation tools will appear along the bottom of the app that will provide an overall emphasis on communication and there will also be easier access to the camera.
A new dark mode will be added which should make it easier on the eyes when using Messenger at night.
Also added will be some new featured powered by augmented reality, which help you add effects to photos and also translate text into a variety of different languages.
While Facebook hasn’t said when the new version will be released, it is expected to be available fairly soon.
But all these new features will come at a cost, with Facebook revealing that more Messenger will include more advertisements.
The firm will use augmented reality to to allow users to see products they may be shopping for interested in.
David Marcus, head of Facebook’s Messenger app, said in an interview that shoppers will be able to visualize and potentially test out products that advertisers have made available. Sephora, one of the first businesses that will use the feature, will let people virtually try on cosmetics, Reuters reported.
Some of the brands signed up to the new AR powered ad format include Nike, Kia Motors and Louis Vuitton.