Messaging Might Return to Facebook's Main App

Messaging Might Return to Facebook's Main App

Messaging Might Return to Facebook's Main App

Which means you might not be able to make calls, send photos and send message reactions inside the Facebook app, you will only be able to exchange the messages. They released standalone apps for Android and iOS in 2011 and went on for several years piling features to it to the point where it became bloated.

A researcher digging through Facebook's code has found suggestions that it is now considering bringing it back into the fold.

There are probably a lot of people who will be happy to hear that Messenger could make a return to the main Facebook app. Facebook's decision to start forcing people to use Messenger was a controversial one back in 2014, and judging some of the replies to Wong's tweets, there are still some who are sore about it.

Remember when a few years ago, Facebook forced us all to download the standalone Messenger app to chat with friends? "For now, this new "Chats" section seems to only contain the basic chat functionalities".

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

However, even if there is a time where Messenger and all of its features are integrated back into the main Facebook app, Wong doesn't think the company will discontinue the standalone Messenger app. "We do not have any additional details to share at this time". Facebook had to turn to Twitter to inform users of the downtime. Just like in WhatsApp, all three apps will support end-to-end encryption.

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.

"We are testing ways to improve the messaging experience for people within the Facebook app", a representative said. You can't call or video chat with them from the Facebook interface, however.

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