In was back in the early days of the summer of 2014 when we were first introduced to Google’s new look for Android, as the company unveiled the Material Design style that would define the look that made Lollipop and Marshmallow what they are. With a clean, bold layout and tasteful use of transitions and shadows, the Material Design language worked its way through Google’s stable of Android apps, and over the months that followed its introduction, we saw Google revamp the majority of its software offerings with the new look. Third-party developers followed shortly thereafter, and their work continues to this day. The latest app to feel a little Material Design inspiration is none other that Facebook’s uber-popular Messenger, and today we get word of a Material Design refresh that’s on the way.
Facebook Messenger users should start seeing the makeover taking effect later on today, as Facebook pushes the changes live. We know, it can be difficult to get excited about a Material Design overhaul in 2016, having seen this kind of thing time and time before, but we can’t deny that it’s a pretty attractive update – if less than game-changing.
Will the spiffy new look translate into enhanced usability – with the improved visibility Material Design offers helping you to smoothly move through the app, sending and responding to messages?
We’ll have to give it a spin for ourselves before passing judgment, but like we said – it sure does look nice. Let us know your own thoughts on the new look down in the comments.