F8 2019: Facebook App Receive New Redesign, Groups Get More Attention

Pappi Hex

Its the day one of Facebook's annual developer conference F8 2019 and the social network giant has already announced a lot of changes and new features to Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram, and more with focus on Facebook groups.

"We're rolling out FB5, a fresh new design for Facebook that's simpler, faster, more immersive and puts your communities at the center," Facebook said. "Overall, we've made it easier to find what you're looking for and get to your most-used features."

For the Facebook app, the social giant is making visual changes and as well, will be adding new tools that will make people easily discover and engage with groups on the platform.

The Facebook app for Android now has an all white app bar at the top and a new Facebook logo which is by the top left side of the app, right above the News Feed icon.

The search bar which used to be at the centre, spreading from the camera icon at the left to the Messenger icon at the right has now been shrunk to an icon next to the Messenger's icon. Facebook has also removed the camera icon from where it used to be at the right.

On desktop, Facebook plans a complete overhaul of the desktop version of Facebook so as to that makes the design similar to that of the apps. From the screenshot above, the middle panel of the user interface looks same as that of the mobile News Feed, though with additional sidebars on the left and the right with quick links to groups, contacts, events, etc.

One other focus that Facebook has in the new redesign is groups. The social giant has redesigned the tab to make it easy for people to discover new communities and add links to relevant groups in other parts of the app.

Facebook users can now share News Feed content directly with a group the same way you could share those contents directly with your contacts. The company also introduced new features for different types of groups like Health support groups, Job groups, Gaming groups, etc. Also, Facebook introduced 'Meet New Friends' to help people start friendships with new people from their shared communities such as workplace, school or city.

The new design is being rolled out to everyone, though Facebook said that of web will arrive in the next few months.

"People will start seeing some of these updates in the Facebook app right away, and the new desktop site will come in the next few months," Facebook said.

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