Facebook is thinking about bringing Messenger back to the main app

Facebook's Looking to Bring Messaging Back into the Main App

According to code in the back-end of the Facebook app, The Social Network may soon look to bring messaging back into the main platform, as opposed to redirecting users to its separate Messenger app.

App researcher Jane Manchun Wong, was the first to spot the Facebook activity, in his follow up tweet, he noted this Chats section only comprises a limited features of Messenger.

As per his claims, users won't be able to send photos, or make voice calls and video calls through the native mobile app. Facebook Dating was first announced back in November 2018 and has launched internationally, but this is the first real glimpse anyone in the USA has seen of it in action.

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 app is separate than the regular Facebook app.

Facebook first released Messenger as a standalone app in 2011 then removed it from the main app in 2014. It's not clear what that means just yet, but some have speculated that the company will merge the messaging services of Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp into one. The New York Times cited sources within Facebook as saying that while the services will remain as their own apps, the tech behind all three will be unified. Or it could be trying to better balance on-platform engagement across the two apps - while Messenger use has been rising, engagement within Facebook's main app has, reportedly, been in decline. That was before the company decoupled the services and over populated the Messenger app with a bunch of bloatware that no one used. The interface seems to resemble the redesign Messenger received back in May 2018, which only became widely available earlier this year. Gizmodo reached out to Facebook for comment but did not immediately receive a response.

They will still work as standalone apps but will have the same underlying architecture. "We do not have any additional details to share at this time".

"We want to build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private", a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.

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