Facebook might reintegrate Messenger back into its main app

Ruben Fields
April 13, 2019

App researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who has spotted numerous features being tested on various social media applications in the past, discovered the change.

For now, there is no timeframe for the merger so well have to wait for Facebooks comments but either way, dont expect the standalone WhatsApp and Messenger apps to go anywhere soon. Now, however, it appears Facebook might be bringing the core messaging functions of Facebook back into the regular Facebook app.

She told Engadget that to access those features "you'd still have to open the Messenger app". A tap on the messenger icon will provide the list of friends you chatted with on Facebook, to send/reply messages all you have to do is tap...you already know what to do.

In the beginning of this year reports claimed that Facebook is planning to merge its messaging services, essentially allowing users to communicate seamlessly between WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger.

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Right now, Chat only supports basic text and lacks many of Messenger's features, including making calls, photo sharing and reactions, though this could be because it's still in a testing phase.

Considering this controversial plan that's sending shivers down the spine of privacy advocates while no doubt also facing scrutiny from regulatory bodies around the world, it's certainly not surprising to hear the main Facebook mobile app could regain its messaging functionality before long.

A Facebook spokeswoman said that the company did not have any additional details to share at this time.

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