Facebook might fold Messenger back into its main app

Alfred Osborne
April 14, 2019

Well, it seems like Facebook is bringing back its Messenger app back to the native mobile app.

When Facebook moved Messenger out of the main Facebook app, lots fumed.

So, what's next? Jane Manchun Wong, who is "not [a] Facebook employee" but does enjoy "reverse engineering apps because it feels like solving puzzles", posted an interesting screenshot to Twitter.

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As you can see here, code hacker Jane Manchun Wong has located a new test which renames messaging as "Chats" and keeps those interactions in the main app, as opposed to opening in Messenger. If you want to make a call, send a photo, or use reactions, you'll have to go back to the Messenger app.

According to Wong, Facebook is starting to lay the groundwork for integrated messaging throughout all its services.

The decision to return to integrating the chat in the main app would prevent users from wasting space and resources for an additional app, a choice that would be highly appreciated in developing countries, where smartphones with little internal memory are still the most popular. The UI bears resemblance with Facebook Messenger's white redesign, which was made widely available at the beginning of this year.

These features are not now support just because of its early stage of development.

While there are certainly benefits to this (using Messenger without downloading the Facebook app being one of them) it doesn't make much sense overall.

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