Facebook is testing built-in Messenger chat feature within the main app

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April 15, 2019
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Facebook is apparently planning to become the good-old unified messaging platform it once used to be. A recent discovery gives us a clear idea of how this cross-connected vision of Facebook might actually work.

Renowned application researcher, Jane Manchun Wong, has shared screenshots explaining the chat feature of Messenger within the main Facebook app. The new discovery reveals that Messenger, or at least its chat feature, might finally return to the original Facebook app soon.

The feature is currently under testing and will integrate the Messenger chat in the main Facebook app.

The screenshots posted on Twitter by the famed researcher show a small Messenger icon built into the main Facebook app. Tapping on the Messenger icon opens the ‘Chats’ section with the list of all contacts in the same manner as they appear in the Messenger app. From the screenshots, it appears that users will be able to have a regular chat with any of their acquaintances in the main Facebook app.

A Facebook spokesperson told The Verge;

“We are testing ways to improve the messaging experience for people within the Facebook app. Messenger remains a feature-rich, stand-alone messaging app with over a billion people using it monthly to connect with the people and businesses they care about most. We do not have any additional details to share at this time.”

Though the world’s largest social network is looking forward to introducing new features, it has faced global outages recently. Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp all went down worldwide, but apparently working fine now.

 
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