A few years ago, in 2014, Facebook decided that to use its instant messaging system it would be necessary to download a separate app, Facebook Messenger, forcing all users who received messages to use that application if they wanted to have conversations with their contacts.
“Facebook Messenger was launched as an independent application in 2014.”
However, now it seems that Facebook plans to back down and allow messages can also be consulted in the Facebook app itself.
This has been discovered by the well-known code researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who by analyzing the code of the application has discovered the company’s plans to bring the messaging system back into the social network, instead of redirecting users to the Messenger app.
The code now includes a new section called “Chats” which shows the conversations that are kept in the messaging app without leaving the Facebook application itself.
Of course, “Chats” does not include all the features that Messenger does have, only the basic ones to access the conversations. For example, GIF search engines or the possibility of group video calls are not included.
Why is Facebook now considering this “reverse” in its plans to redirect users to a separate app? Possibly it has to do with the company’s plans to integrate all communication systems to communicate with each other, a project that will be completed in 2020 and that will allow users to receive a message on Facebook and answer on WhatsApp or on Instagram, because the “mailboxes” will be integrated with each other.
Facebook has confirmed that it is testing new ways to improve the messaging experience for its users. According to the company, “for now” Messenger will continue to be an independent application that is used by more than one billion people every month.