Facebook and Messenger may backtrack on controversial unified app


Ever since the year 2014, if you wanted to use the messaging function of Facebook on your smartphone, you had to download the Messenger app.

As per a report by The Verge, app researcher Jane Manchun Wong saw a feature now in testing which integrates Messenger with the native Facebook app under a new "Chats" section. Earlier, the messaging option was available inside the Facebook app along with the Messenger app.

Jane Manchun Wong has shared everything on the microblogging website, Twitter through his official Twitter handle. Wong still has to use the Messenger app to send photos, react to messages or make calls.

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Facebook might be moving chats back into the main social app.

Currently, users have to either download the Messenger app or open it separately on a browser. In January, we heard a rumor that claimed Facebook was looking to combine the chat features of Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp into one service covered by end-to-end encryption, and this could be Facebook's first move toward realizing that goal. 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. Now, nearly 5 years later, as Facebook prepares to integrate WhatsApp and Instagram into a singular platform, the feature seems to be making its return. A new page allows you to text those who've spoken to before using the chatting app. That was before the company decoupled the services and over populated the Messenger app with a bunch of bloatware that no one used. In any case, Facebook is clearly testing it. Gizmodo reached out to Facebook for comment but did not immediately receive a response.

"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. They will no longer have to install a new app altogether to read their messages.