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Facebook Messenger redesign launches with cross-app communication with Instagram

almost 2 years ago by IanDorfman

Facebook today launched a redesign of its popular Messenger app and service, bringing along with it new features and support for messaging Instagram app users.

In a post on the official Messenger blog, Facebook's Messenger Vice President Stan Chudnovsky shared statistics as well as the recently implemented features that have built up to today's redesign. Of the 1 billion registered Facebook Messenger users, 10 million of them customize their chats. The redesign implements new themes and reactions, alongside a new logo and default theme.

As far as upcoming features are concerned, selfie stickers and a timed message deleting "vanish mode" will be "coming soon," joining already available recent features like the Zoom Messenger Rooms and Watch Together simultaneous content viewer.

The major feature launch, however, is cross-app communication with Instagram. This support extends beyond just messaging, and includes the ability for Messenger and Instagram users to use Watch Together to view IGTV videos on a voice or video call. The official announcement post specifies that this Instagram cross-messaging support will start hitting users in North America today, with global rollout timing not specified.

Further coverage: Messenger News TechCrunch

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