Hate Messenger? Facebook Might Put Messages Back Into The Main App

Hate Messenger? Facebook Might Put Messages Back Into The Main App

Ever since the year 2014, if you wanted to use the messaging function of Facebook on your smartphone, you had to download the Messenger app.

At the very least, Facebook testing this feature out gives us a peek into how Zuck's mind has changed with regard to messaging and Facebook's "family of apps" overall.

Remember when a few years ago, Facebook forced us all to download the standalone Messenger app to chat with friends?

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Wong posted another tweet noting that the Chats section only contains a limited selection of Messenger's features. As the name suggests, the app works independently allowing users to open chats and send messages, send photos videos, message reactions, audio, and video calls, and more. Facebook Dating was first announced back in November 2018 and has launched internationally, but this is the first real glimpse anyone in the US has seen of it in action. Besides, the company also plans to unify WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram messaging apps and will be adding end-to-end encryption to avoid privacy breaches. This app is separate than the regular Facebook app. Now, nearly 5 years later, as Facebook prepares to integrate WhatsApp and Instagram into a singular platform, the feature seems to be making its return. Wong argues this also applies to Messenger, which means it will stick around to serve a different audience than the main Facebook app.

Facebook could be building a challenge for itself - if users don't have to switch to Messenger, maybe Facebook is tasking itself to make the Messenger app more appealing, with new tools and features created to continue to draw users in. Gizmodo reached out to Facebook for comment but did not immediately receive a response. "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".

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