Five years after separating Messenger from Facebook, the social network could backtrack by reintegrating its chat feature into its main application. Facebook has forced its users to use its Messenger application to chat with their contacts, instead of the function built into his mobile application.
Although Messager’s speech bubble system can be handy, this choice has not been to the taste of many users and requires the use of two applications. The social network could finally return to the initial situation.
Jane Manchun Wong, a researcher specializing in applications, got her hands on a beta version of Facebook. She explainson Twitter: “Facebook is bringing back the discussions in its application to prepare integrated messaging.”
The message is accompanied by several screenshots showing the presence of the Messenger icon to send messages to contacts, directly from the main application of Facebook. At present, this chat button is present, but it sends the user to the Messenger application or asks to download it if the App is not installed.
Messenger was first released as a standalone app in 2011. In 2014, Facebook removed the section from the main app. Five years later, as Facebook is ready to integrate its messaging services into the Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp platforms, the feature seems to be coming back.
It is not clear whether this chat feature will be accessible on main app to the user as this is a test. Messenger with more than 1.3 billion monthly users may stick to it, but this change will provide users with other options to chat with friends.
As you might expect, this discovery has been appreciated by many users who were dissatisfied when Facebook pulled out chats from the app many years ago. However, there are more people today who are happy to use Messenger to chat without the entire Facebook service.
Mark Zuckerberg’s company could also diversify the appearance of Messenger to boost its use rather than to see this application disappear.