Facebook planning to add Messenger to main app again

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The feature was spotted by Jane Manchun Wong and has been reported to be in testing. With the new feature, users can tap on the existing Messenger button in the Facebook app to get redirected to a new "Chats" section instead of opening the separate Messenger app. She notes in a separate tweet that the Messenger and Facebook apps serve different markets, so Facebook will likely continue offering the Messenger app to people who are only looking for chat functionality. The feature, according to Jane Manchun Wong, is already being tested. As the name suggests, the app works independently allowing users to open chats and send messages, send photos videos, message reactions, audio, and video calls, and more.

Facebook might be moving chats back into the main social app. Undoubtedly, this new feature is part of Facebook's plan to unify all of its chat apps, including Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp. That the company is experimenting in this way doesn't necessarily guarantee that this change will ultimately make its way into ordinary users' apps but product updates are frequently leaked this way before they're officially announced. 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. That was before the company decoupled the services and over populated the Messenger app with a bunch of bloatware that no one used. If Facebook unites the three apps, each platform would have the end-to-end encryption that WhatsApp now has, which "protects messages from being viewed by anyone except the participants in a conversation", according to the Times. In any case, the Times report hints that integrating all three messenger services is a big priority for Facebook in 2019, as Zuckerberg is reportedly pushing for the unification to be done by the end of this year or early 2020. This would make a great emphasis on Facebook's move towards unification which is clearly what we could expect in coming months if the tech giant decides to go forward with it.

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Facebook did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment. "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".

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