Discord bluntly describes the mobile app it launched in 2015 as a squished-down version of its desktop platform. But that recognition comes with a notification that says the app is getting a complete redesign that is a "independent experience" from its computer-based counterpart. This includes a new set of navigation tabs that are prominently displayed at the bottom of your screen: Servers, Messages, Notifications and You.
While Discord is considering changes like a horizontal layout, the Servers tab is very similar to what it was before – no direct messaging option. Instead, a Messaging tab replaces the existing Friends, showing all your individual and group messages in one place instead of clicking through multiple pages. You can also favorite a conversation to keep it at the top of your chats and use a search bar to find a message, file, pin or attachment in all discussions – the same as in WhatsApp or general message. Also new to conversations is the ability to swipe left on a message to reply to it, instead of suppressing it. You may have noticed that Discord has changed the formatting of picture messages to display in a gallery style instead of one by one.
The Notifications tab will now include server events, friend requests and message replies, all of which you can click to quickly reach the source. Additionally, notifications should be automatically cleared instead of you having to delete them. Scrolling through the current four tabs below (bye search) is still the You page. The Friends tab is integrated here, along with features like changing your status or profile picture. This is also the tab for accessing account settings but with a little more convenience. You can double tap the You tab to go directly to the account settings and, once there, there is a search bar to find any information you need. One tool you can access there is the new Midnight theme, which provides a pure black background that should rest your eyes.
App functionality has also improved, with Discord claiming that opening the app takes 55 percent less time on Android and 43 percent less on iOS — apparently using four times less data while doing so. The crash rate among Android users has also dropped by half over the past year. In addition, voice and video calls have improved functionality, with an updated UI enabled "more intuitive interactions."
Discord also shared that it is working on other requested updates, such as easier access to the server member list, better search filters, more customization options for viewing messaging, and general app performance improvements. You can use the feedback forum at any point to express things you don’t like or would like to see changed.
Notably, Discord got itself into a bit of hot water recently with the US Senate Judiciary Committee. The company refused to have its CEO, Jason Citron, testify about the safety of children online, would not accept an electronic subpoena and was worthy of a visit to the US Marshals office to deliver one. Citron will speak to the committee about protecting children – and Discord "failures" to do so – with the CEOs of Meta, X, TikTok and Snap on January 31, 2024, at 10 AM ET.
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