Facebook Messenger update rolls out to testers, brings complete Holo UI makeover [DOWNLOAD]


Facebook Messenger UI update

The Facebook team has really been giving Android the ‘ol college try as of late. Recently, they infused Facebook Home with new social services, and today the Android team is back, giving Facbook Messenger a little TLC.

In an update currently rolling out to a “limited number” of testers, the Facebook Messenger app has been given a complete visual overhaul. Instead of the tired old Facebook UI, the app now features a sleek new Holo UI that follows Android’s design guidelines to a tee. Really, it’s like night and day from the previous version. Like other Android apps, swiping left and right takes you between conversation lists, contacts, and settings.

Besides looking fresh, Facebook touts the lighter weight update as “faster and more reliable”. For now, we’ll just take their word for it as the old/current version of Messenger is incredibly laggy on our HTC One (in contrast to the iPhone version that’s smooth as butter).

Testing a New Messenger Experience on Android

To help avoid confusion, Facebook Messenger will now display their new Messenger icon (pictured left) next to a user’s name who also happens to be using the Messenger app. This way you’ll know ahead of time if they’re available to receive your message instantly.

Because searching for new people on Facebook is such a chore, Messenger will also allow users to message another Facebook user simply by punching in their phone number. Of course, you’ll need to verify your own mobile number before you can use this particular feature, playboy.

We’re definitely excited about the new changes and find the timing interesting, given the announcement of the new Hangouts update — now with SMS integration — hitting Android users later this week. If you want to give the new Facebook Messenger a go, a link has been provided below. Just make sure to uninstall the previous update before installing. (Thanks, WinDroidGuy and Justan!)

Download: Facebook Messenger

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Boo, I got an update today but no Holo UI for me :(

      1. Neither version works on CM7 2.3.7

  2. Looks nice, Hopefully this design rollout soon to all the android users

  3. They have removed SMS supports. It’s useless to me now.

    1. Really? :S damn – I love chat head pop up SMS

    2. OHHH probably because SMS is coming to hangouts… still … Then we lose the heads :S

      1. Hangouts needs something like Chat Heads so I can use #Hangouts without leaving #Ingress.

          1. Great tip! Thank you!

  4. APK ??? Please :D

    1. Just updated with the pulled apk. Enjoy.

  5. How about they actually release a tablet app for Facebook?

  6. Looks like an iOS7 app.

    1. Which is crazy seeing as how iOS 7’s Messenger app still looks like balls. :P

  7. I have it and I hope this rolls out to everyone soon. This is damn good.

  8. i see alot of bad reviews.. bad move FB.

  9. just download it from xda. I like it wish they would do the same to the Facebook app

    1. thats the new facebook messenger got it from xda you must uninstall old one firs new poster here so i dont really know what the rules are on posting links

      1. Thanks for the link, the app looks very nice and performs good.

        1. I personally love it love the ui it looks sleek and smooth and it runs pretty smooth only issue is if Facebook didn’t send you the new update on the playstore it tries to tell you that you need to update it but the update is the original design so I’d suggest you unchecked auto update for the app or you’ll be back to square one

          1. Yeah I noticed that but luckily auto update is turned off.

        2. How to Log out from This Version ??

  10. Not using the HTC First in their press photos is kind of a depressing admission of defeat. ha

  11. Messenger runs great on my S3. No lag at all ever. It also ran great on my cheesy Transform Ultra.

    That being said, I hope they redo the main Facebook app with Holo UI.

    1. I hope they make that change also, It would run smoother and look way more beautiful with that HOLO UI

  12. They appear to have removed SMS functionality with this version.

  13. not the full apk.. repost DL link.

  14. How to log out if I want to..been figuring it out but i can’t find a way..anybody knows please?

    1. dont if u then telme also plzz..

  15. Love the design, but removing SMS support was a bad move. Especially since I hardly ever need to message anyone on Facebook.

  16. Installed this new design of facebook messenger and i love it!! it is way better than the other design plus it seems to be much faster in sending the messages to your facebook buddies..

  17. I had uninstalled the old version, and installed this one. Overnight, Google Play ‘updated’ Messenger by returning it to the old version. LAME.

  18. Installed, works great. But am I the only one having problems making calls? Based on this download?

  19. How to log out it from this version plzz tell if any one know..?

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