Facebook Messenger was the main highlight on Day 1 of the F8 2019 developer conference. iOS was the major area of focus and Messenger was said to get a totally new version of Messenger for iOS later this year. Messenger desktop app was announced for Windows and macOS. Other new Messenger features include Watch Party Feature, end-to-end encryption, a dedicated space for close friends and more. Continue reading for detailed upcoming new features.

 

Firstly a completely new Facebook Messenger app was announced for iOS, which the company is claiming to be much faster and lighter than before. The company said it is using LightSpeed to make Messenger for iOS the “fastest private communication app on the entire planet.”

New Facebook Messenger on iPhone
New Facebook Messenger on the iPhone

The company also said that the new app will be fast, use less battery as well as less storage. Facebook said early tests showed that the app size can be reduced to less than 30 MB from 127 MB. The new Messenger app will be made available later this year. There was no mention for any Android app similar to the new iOS app as currently Android already has Facebook Lite app.

New Facebook on iPhone
New Facebook on iPhone

The new Messenger app will have a feature called Watch Party Feature, in which friends can watch and discover video’s together. This feature was launched last year, now it will be coming to Messenger app later this year.

The redesigned Facebook and Facebook Messenger app will also come to Android later.

New Facebook on Android
New Facebook on Android

As the company is aiming to create a unified messaging platform between Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, so the company announced that it has “begun the journey” to make Facebook Messenger end-to-end encrypted by default. Facebook also said Messenger will in the future gain the ability to call and message users on Instagram and WhatsApp – not just Facebook.

Facebook Messenger App for Desktop

Facebook Messenger macOS App
Facebook Messenger macOS App

Facebook, at last, announced that there will be a desktop Messenger app for Windows and macOS, and it will get all the features from the mobile app including voice calls, video calls, group video calls, and more.

Facebook Messenger Desktop App
Facebook Messenger Desktop App
Facebook Messenger Dark Mode on macOS Mojave
Facebook Messenger Dark Mode on macOS Mojave

The desktop app will also get a dark mode for both Windows and macOS Mojave. The desktop app will be released later this year.

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