Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Facebook thinking of merging Messenger app back into main app

Facebook thinking of merging Messenger app back into main app

The current interface of the application, as well as that of the mobile version of the site, shows a button dedicated to Messenger, which opens the application or port on the Play Store, or on the App Store if it's not present in the system. Renowned application researcher, Jane Manchun Wong, has shared screenshots depicting the chat functionality of Messenger within the main Facebook app. "The primary goal of the Facebook app is News Feed".

Facebook confirmed the test in a Friday statement to PCMag.

This does have some advantages, like the ability to use Messenger without using Facebook.

This all tracks with recent news that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to roll Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger into a single platform.

Would you be happy to see Messenger brought back to the main Facebook app?

Annoyed that you have to use two separate apps to browse Facebook and chat with your Facebook friends? Messenger is in second place with 1.3 billion+ users. Facebooks integration direction seems to be aimed at Apples continuity features with iMessage but according to reports is not expected to appear until 2020.

What do you think about the possibility of Facebook adopting some of the features found on the Messenger app?

According to the Verge, the move back is now being tested.

It's possible that rolling chat back into the main Facebook app is part of this effort, though it isn't clear if or when it will roll out to the general public. You'll still need to install the latter for things like voice and video calling, posting reactions, and even sending photos.

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