The Facebook app has long been known as a bloated, battery killer. For a brief moment in time, the Messenger app was the exact opposite. It was clean, simple, fast, and easy to use. Over the years Facebook has added more and more “features.” Messenger is now just as bloated as the Facebook app. It has everything from games to mobile payments and the annoying Snapchat Stories rip-off.
The good news is Facebook seems to be aware that they lost their way with Messenger. Facebook highlighted six trends for 2018, one of those trends is “Simplify To Delight.” They talk about how while they raced to build new features the Messenger app became too cluttered. At a certain point “this app has everything!” switches from being a good thing to a bad thing. Facebook wants to streamline the app this year.
Personally, I’ve been using Messenger Lite for a while. It’s a super simple barebones experience. I would love to have just a couple of extra features, but it’s still better than the bloated Messenger app. If Facebook can cut some of the fat out of Messenger, I might consider switching back.