In some countries, such as the Philippines, it is free to use the Facebook Messenger app. You don’t have to be registered to any data promo to use it, thus eliminating the need for the SMS services.
Over the years, Facebook has been looking for ways to improve the user experience. Adding new features is one of the top priority, but unfortunately, not everyone is making some happy faces about it. The new package contains unnecessary chunks that most people don’t really care about, from chatbots to making payment transactions. I’ve even received a couple of “exclusive” offers on my Messenger app. Not that I don’t care, it’s just that I don’t think it’s the right place for making ads.
David Marcus of Facebook, wrote in a blog post today the six things to look forward to the Messenger app in 2018. Finally, one of which is the goal for simplicity. That said, Facebook is trimming down the app, leaving all those that are wanted and instead focus on improving the remaining features.
“Over the last two years, we built a lot of capabilities to find the features that continue to set us apart,” Marcus writes. “A lot of them have found their product market fit; some haven’t. While we raced to build these new features, the app became too cluttered. Expect to see us invest in massively simplifying and streamlining Messenger this year.”
The possible result for the end users is currently unknown. Marcus didn’t discuss which of the current features will see some trim down in the future, but hopefully, this is the beginning of a simpler and lighter Messenger app.