Facebook will soon let you chat in the Facebook app

Joanna Estrada
April 14, 2019

Evidence of the change has been discovered in recent code.

If you do not have downloaded Messenger on your smartphone, the shortcut will take you to Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Noted developer specializing in app reverse engineering Jane Wong, managed to obtain evidence that Facebook app will integrate chat functionality back into the main app.

As of now, users who tap on the message icon in Facebook are then taken to Messenger.

Facebook has already confirmed plans to merge all of its chat services - including WhatsApp and Instagram - into one.

Of course, this would not be the first time Facebook used Messenger's features as such. But on the whole, most users don't see the point in having a standalone Messenger app. Fast forwarding four years, Facebook has finally chose to reconsider its decision on moving Chats away from the Facebook app.

As part of that mission, it looks like Messenger will be coming back to the main Facebook app.

Facebook's strategy to achieve world domination with multiple social networking services and messaging apps hasn't always been very coherent and predictable, but it seems Mark Zuckerberg wants to bring together the resources and capabilities of Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp soon enough.

According to the Verge, the move back is now being tested. You won't be able to send GIFs, make calls, add reactions or send and receive money.

Of all the mistakes and confusing moves that Facebook has made over the years, one that still resonates to this day is the decision to spin Messenger off into its own app from the main Facebook app.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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