Facebook Messenger has grown significantly in both form and function ever since Facebook decided to offer it as a standalone app. It now has a plethora of features, too many to keep track of honestly, and that has somewhat been distracting from the fact that the first and foremost purpose of this app is to enable users to message their loved ones easily. That’s why a new Facebook Messenger update is being rolled out today which brings a new home screen that puts the focus back on messaging.

Facebook’s David Marcus says that the Messenger app “is now organized around making Messenger your hub for connecting with all the people and businesses you care about.”

The new home screen features three tabs at the very top for Messages, Active, and Groups. However, Messenger Day, which is Facebook’s version of Snapchat, gets prime real estate below the tabs.

Sections for Home, Calls, People, and Games are now located at the bottom of the app. A new Discover tab is going to be added to this row in the near future as well. A red dot functions as a simple visual clue to let users know that they’ve missed certain things that they should catch up on.

Facebook says that all of these changes are designed to make Messenger simpler for users so that they can get to their contacts easily and start conversations faster. This update is going to be rolled out for all Messenger users on iOS and Android globally this week.

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