Social communications company Facebook has launched a new version of its popular Messenger app for the iPhone.
This app is said to be faster, smaller and simpler than before, while also boasting a number of new features. On the coding side, Facebook has managed to turn 1.7 million lines of code to a more reasonable 360,000 lines in the Messenger app. This in turn makes the app smaller, while also making it faster.
This new design from Facebook is part of a project termed “Project LightSpeed”. The smaller design will also interest users in terms of data transferred as a smaller app implicitly means that the app will need less data to operate.
However, Facebook announced that due to the rebuild of the app, a number of features will be unavailable for the time being, and that the company is working round the clock to get these features back online.
Android users have already received a Messenger app update that improves the interface but the speed and app shrinking of the new Messenger app are limited to iOS devices only. From a number of tests performed, the Android version of the Facebook Messenger app still seemed as slow as before, confirming that Android did not receive any “speed” updates.