You might be wondering why your Facebook Messenger app suddenly changed color.
The chat platform icon has gone from the standard blue to a mixture of purple, pink, and blue and some users aren’t thrilled.
It all comes down to a new update that brings Facebook Messenger one step closer to merging with Instagram Direct messages.
The tech giant wrote on his blog: “Messenger gets a new look to mark our further development from an easy way to send a message to your Facebook friends to a place where you can be with your favorite people on your favorite apps and Devices. ”
The new purple and pink ombre logo even makes the messenger app look a bit more like Instagram.
Messenger users in North America will soon be able to use cross-app communication with Instagram.
Facebook stated, “Messages and calls from friends and family who use Instagram will stay on your Instagram app.
“The main change is that Messenger app users can now reach you on Instagram without having to download a new app, and vice versa.
“You can also control where you receive messages and calls; B. in your chats, in your message requests or not at all. ”
Facebook has plans to roll this out in other countries in the future.
The tech giant will also be introducing features such as selfie stickers, new chat backgrounds and new chat bubble colors for all users.
Messenger features should appear automatically for many users after the app is updated. However, Instagram users may need to sign in.
It may also take a few days before you get the new features.
Facebook acquired Instagram for $ 1 billion back in 2012.
WhatsApp later bought it for $ 19 billion.
The end goal is to bring all three together and provide one end-to-end encrypted service.
Instagram – the most important facts
Here’s what you need to know …
- Instagram is a social network for sharing photos and videos
- It was created as an iPhone-exclusive app back in October 2010
- A separate version for Android devices was released 18 months later
- The app has become increasingly popular thanks to its filter system that allows you to quickly edit your photos with cool effects
- When first launched, users could only post images at a 1: 1 square ratio. However, this rule was changed in 2015
- In 2012, Facebook bought Instagram for $ 1 billion in cash and stock
- In 2018, some analysts believe the app is worth closer to $ 100 billion
- In October 2015, Instagram confirmed that more than 40 billion photos had been uploaded to the app
- And in 2018, Instagram announced that more than a billion people are using the app every month
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