Messenger for iOS update makes the app faster

A few features in the app will be unavailable for a while.

Facebook is set to roll out a new update for Messenger for iOS in the next few weeks. The revamped app will load faster and take up smaller space on iPhones and iPads.

According to a blog post from Messenger’s VP of Engineering, Raymond Endres, Facebook rebuilt the app from the ground up. The rebuild makes the app simpler while still rich in features. Its smaller size will make updates faster for people who use the app on older devices or in areas with slower connectivity.

Facebook also says that it has reduced Messenger’s code by 84%. “Fewer lines of code makes the app lighter and more responsive, and a streamlined code base means engineers can innovate more quickly,” wrote Endres.

One trade-off from the optimized app, however, is that some features will be temporarily unavailable. The company hasn’t specified which features are going to be down for the time being.

Last week, Facebook Messenger for all devices also got a redesign, which rid the app of the Discover tab and chat bots.

In addition to making the chat app faster and smaller, Facebook says this also “lays the foundation to fulfill our vision for private messaging and interoperability across apps.”

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