Facebook is coming with a new idea regarding its Messenger app, an idea that could return the chat app to the main app. If that happens, you will access your social media feeds like always, plus have the messages in one spot as well. The company will keep the Messenger app icon, but when you access it, Facebook will open and will take you to a section called “Chats.” If you look back, this was the original way in which Facebook has worked until 2011, and it was removed entirely from the main app in 2014.
However, reporter Jane Manchung Wong had found that Facebook wants to make those changes, but the company is still making tests. She also found that the testing version has basic text, no calls, video or photos, and no reactions.
Why Is Facebook Going Back to the Original Version?
According to Wong, Facebook wants to integrate all of its services. That means that the plan is to unify Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram for user privacy by adding end-to-end encryption. Of course, all of them will continue to work as standalone apps, and only the underlying architecture will be shared.
Also, Facebook has announced that they have thousands of developers that are working on the project, and the plans are to finish the project in late 2019, or early 2020. Facebook has published a statement about this news, saying that the purpose is to improve the messaging experience for people inside the Facebook app. That’s why they are making tests for merging Messenger back in the main Facebook app.
Summing up, Messenger will remain a feature-rich, stand-alone messaging app used by over a billion people around the world. Users are using the app each day to connect with people or businesses, so this might be a significant change for them.
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