Facebook’s messenger app has been around for quite a while now and in spite of the fact that it’s updated rather frequently, it still leaves a lot to be desired. For one, it’s not exactly the fastest most intuitive app around, which is surprising given Facebook’s infinite resources. On top of that, it’s a heavy app.
As someone who’s familiar with using a mid range phone, I can attest to that. I’m constantly having to offload apps just to make sure I can fit Messenger in my piece of shit device. Now I know what you’re thinking, it’s 2020! Just get a better phone, man. But that’s not the point here!
Getting back on track, it looks like Facebook has finally released a major update for it’s messenger app, and the company has basically rebuilt the app from the ground up. The new app is faster, smaller, and simpler. How much faster? Twice as fast! How much smaller? One-fourth its original size! How much does this change my life? Not much.. But it’s still nice to hear.
The journey to simplify and redesign Messenger, internally called Project LightSpeed, started on the heels of Facebook’s Messenger 4 update back in 2018. This smaller, faster messenger was managed by reducing Messenger’s core code by 84 percent – going from 1.7+ million lines of code to 360,000 – and rebuilding features to fit a new simplified infrastructure.
That being said however, there are two caveats: One being that a few features will be temporarily unavailable and two being that the update is only for iOS devices. Which makes no sense, really. If anyone desperately needs a faster, smaller Messenger app, it’s Android users. Come on Facebook, unless someone’s using a 16GB iPhone 6s or something, this new update probably isn’t going to matter much.
Bring that Android update, ASAP.