Facebook ‘plans’ to bring chat back into main app

Facebook ‘plans’ to bring chat back into main app

Well, it seems like Facebook is bringing back its Messenger app back to the native mobile app.

Spinning the message service into its own app back in 2011 helped it grow markedly, and many users have notifications on the core Facebook app switched off; forcing Messenger messages to only route through it again would mean messages would go unread, and engagement would likely decline.

As per his claims, users won't be able to send photos, or make voice calls and video calls through the native mobile app.

In January, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ordered developers to rebuild the company's messaging services "at their most basic levels" so that they all work the same way. The change uses the existing Messenger button in the main Facebook app, but instead of opening Messenger, it simply opens up a new "Chats" section.

Jane Manchun Wong, a tech researcher who digs into popular apps' code to find unannounced features and internal tests, posted on Twitter on Thursday screenshots that show the Silicon Valley tech giant is exploring the idea of putting Messenger back inside Facebook itself on smartphones . "We do not have any additional details to share at this time".


Since that time, Facebook acquired WhatsApp and is now preparing to integrate chat and messaging functions across the two services, as well as with Instagram. Each service is expected to remain as a standalone app, while the underlying infrastructure will be rebuilt. Just like in WhatsApp, all three apps will support end-to-end encryption.

For now it's unclear when this Chats feature will make its way to the main Facebook app - or if.

"We want to build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private", a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.

Currently, users have to either download the Messenger app or open it separately on a browser.

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