Facebook is testing a whiter UI design in the Android app

Facebook is testing a whiter UI design in the Android app

Facebook elicits a whole host of responses from people. Even though a lot of people are not particularly fond of the social media platform or the underlying working philosophy, Facebook still continues to boast of 2.32 Billion monthly active users as of Q4 2018, making it the biggest social media platform ever. To keep these users engaged on its platform, Facebook is testing out a new whiter color scheme in its Android app.

The new UI for the Facebook for Android app gets rid of the prevalent blue accents and adopts a much more whiter look.


The main app header loses the blue color, and the icons get a contrasting look. The navigation tabs below the main header now accommodate two more shortcut icons for videos and profile view, though these weren’t available to us even though the new theme was visible. The new UI brings the Facebook for Android app much closer to the simplified look of the Facebook Messenger. While Facebook Messenger now has a dark mode, we could not locate a dark mode in the official Facebook for Android app.

This new UI design is being tested through a server side switch. There is no specific setting available in the app that switches to the new design, and we haven’t discovered any external method to force this new UI. So as of now, there is no way to try this out.

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Aamir Siddiqui
Aamir Siddiqui

A journalist at XDA-Developers and the current Editor in Chief, I have been writing for XDA since 2015, despite being a qualified business-litigation lawyer. A low-end smartphone purchase in 2011 brought me to the forums, and it's been a journey filled with custom ROMs ever since. When not fully dipped in smartphone news and tutorials, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected] And my Twitter is @aamirsidd94.

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