By Stephen Schenck | September 20, 2012 5:05 PM
Facebook’s seriously been rethinking its mobile apps as of late, starting the move to native code. We’ve also seen a number of updates arrive for Facebook Messenger, and today the app gets a refreshed look, along with some new SMS support for Android.
There’s a new layout for the display of messages, with a more conversational layout than the monolithic column we had before. The other big layout change is the ability to swipe your way over to a list of available contacts, from which you can quickly start composing a message.
Both Android and iOS should be seeing these changes, but for now, only the Android app is available; Facebook says to expect the iOS version shortly.
We haven’t heard anything about the chances of this next feature coming to the iPhone, but for select Android handsets, you’ll now be able to send text messages to your contacts directly from the Messenger app. Right now, the list of supported models is short, but at least it includes popular handsets like the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Nexus, and the One X.