Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
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Facebook 'plans' to bring chat back into main app

Facebook 'plans' to bring chat back into main app

Facebook might be considering reintegrating some of its Messenger service back into its primary app. It appears it's now backtracking on that and looking to roll chats back into the main Facebook app.

In a tweet, app researcher Jane Manchun Wong uploaded a screenshot of the new integrated chat function.

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.

In the beginning of this year reports claimed that Facebook is planning to merge its messaging services, essentially allowing users to communicate seamlessly between WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger.

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. While Messenger became its own standalone app in 2011, Facebook eventually stripped the functionality, forcing people to interact with those annoying chat bubbles that gradually filled up your home screen, multiplying like rabbits. Gizmodo reached out to Facebook for comment but did not immediately receive a response.

"We are testing ways to improve the messaging experience for people within the Facebook app", the spokeswoman said.

He added that "tens of millions" of Android users who use Messenger as their default app would benefit from having end-to-end encryption enabled as a default. This unification reportedly won't happen in full until the end of 2019 or the beginning of 2020, but we might start to see the first signs of it with the next major Facebook app update.

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