Facebook plans to bring back Messenger to main Facebook app
Apr 15 2019
Facebook first releasedMessenger as its own independent app in 2011 and removed messaging from Facebook so that they force you to use Messenger itself in 2014. They will no longer have to install a new app altogether to read their messages. Facebook Dating was first announced back in November 2018 and has launched internationally, but this is the first real glimpse anyone in the USA has seen of it in action.
The feature is now being tested, and presumably if all goes well, Facebook and Messenger will get back together, allowing users to send messages from within Facebook. 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. Researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who regularly delves into the recesses of popular apps to see what the developers might have planned for future updates, spotted a new feature within Facebook's app which seems to indicate that the company is, at the very least, toying with the idea of combining the two apps once more. "We do not have any additional details to share at this time".
Facebook is working to interconnect its trio of app of Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. Each service is expected to remain as a standalone app, while the underlying infrastructure will be rebuilt. Facebook had to turn to Twitter to inform users of the downtime.
The only reason Facebook is implementing the Chat function to the native Facebook app is to provide users a new platform to connect with their friends.
"We are testing ways to improve the messaging experience for people within the Facebook app", a representative said. There's a lot more we need to figure out. You can't call or video chat with them from the Facebook interface, however. How do I engage other users across all three apps without exposing my phone number, personal data, and other vital information? Right now, if you want to chat via Facebook on mobile, the app will immediately switch you over to Messenger or prompt you to download it if you don't have it already.