Facebook is Considering Bringing Back Messenger Chats to Main App

Facebook is Considering Bringing Back Messenger Chats to Main App

Facebook is Considering Bringing Back Messenger Chats to Main App

Those features might appear in a future update, but Wong says she believes the Messenger app and Chats "serve different markets".

Messenger has been one of the troubled Facebook kids and it might be coming back home.

"We are testing ways to improve the messaging experience for people within the Facebook app. Messenger remains a feature-rich, stand-alone messaging app with over a billion people using it monthly to connect with the people and businesses they care about most". The built-in messaging app offers only basic functionality, while for some advanced features - like adding reactions to messages, making calls or sending photos - you still need to go through the Messenger app.

About five years ago, the social network giant, Facebook had removed its popular Messenger app from the main mobile app.

Facebook is working to interconnect its trio of app of Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. If Facebook unites the three apps, each platform would have the end-to-end encryption that WhatsApp now has, which "protects messages from being viewed by anyone except the participants in a conversation", according to the Times.

Clearly, this vision of one app, one objective has shifted since Facebook's acquired both Instagram and WhatsApp. Once developed, the feature would allow users to use a single app to access both the social media platform and elements of the messaging service. In the tweet below, not only does Wong show off the Facebook app redesign that should be landing in the next couple of months (one which looks eerily similar to the Messenger app redesign), but we also see that the Messenger button at the top of the app no longer redirects you to the Messenger app. "We do not have any additional details to share at this time". In fact, it is reported that Zuckerberg is pushing to integrate the services via unification as early as the end of this year or early 2020.

Even if the apps become united in terms of infrastructure, they'll each still operate separately, per the Times.

You may remember that Facebook spurned off Messenger way back in 2011 where it was originally called Facebook Chat.

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