Facebook's chat feature could be returning to the mobile app

Alfred Osborne
April 14, 2019

Wong speculates that the reversal of this policy is in preparation of Facebook integrating its messaging services across all its apps: Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. Now, however, it appears Facebook might be bringing the core messaging functions of Facebook back into the regular Facebook app. According to a report in Engadget on Friday, App researcher Jane Manchun Wong has spotted the feature in the works.

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

This does have some advantages, like the ability to use Messenger without using Facebook. 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.

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As of now, users who tap on the message icon in Facebook are then taken to Messenger. Messenger is in second place with 1.3 billion+ users. Back in 2014, he explained the forced move to a standalone Messenger app was because, "On mobile, each app can only focus on doing one thing well, we think". 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.

As part of that mission, it looks like Messenger will be coming back to the main Facebook app. But according to Jane, Facebook's Messenger app will unlikely to vanish as it serves a different market. You won't be able to send GIFs, make calls, add reactions or send and receive money.

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