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Facebook Messenger To Be Overhauled; Will Have Simpler And Cleaner UI

03 May 2018

The company's annual developer conference is also pretty important for users of the social network's other properties, as a slew of announcements, projects and roadmaps are usually revealed to the public.

The AR tool being launched in closed beta enriches online shopping experience for the customers, as they obtain images and required details of their intended-for-purchase products.

One of the key differentiators for people and businesses using Messenger is the ability to connect and reach people around the world.

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Facebook is clearly doubling down on AR across its family of platforms, including offering brands new opportunities to leverage the technology to engage consumers who are might not be as interested in more traditional ads. And despite Facebook's temporary hold on its review process for new apps (which was lifted recently), there are now over 300,000 active bots on Messenger, and 200,000 developers "actively building experiences".

And finally, users will get the promised simplifications to Messenger's interface.

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Facebook said it will begin testing this feature later this year. Despite the recent tensions surrounding Facebook's Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal, Mark Zuckerberg took to stage, with a lot of stuff that he promised won't allow repetition of such a mistake on a large scale. "The feature will be rolling out later this year", Facebook said on Tuesday. The company also teased that a redesign for the Messenger app is on the way and it will include a dark mode. Facebook, which bought WhatsApp for $19 billion in February 2014, created the app as a way to let people share texts, photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours.

Introduced last October, the Go is the first standalone headset Facebook has built since it bought Oculus in March 2014 for $2 billion.

The lightweight device is launching with over 1,000 apps, games and experiences, it said.

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In addition to bringing VR to the masses with the launch of Oculus Go on Tuesday, the kickoff to Facebook's annual F8 developers conference brought more news meant to not only excite its developer community but also consumers and brands-particularly around AR and Messenger, for the latter.

Facebook Messenger To Be Overhauled; Will Have Simpler And Cleaner UI