Facebook might fold Messenger back into its main app


Facebook could bring Messenger back to its main app as part of its strategy to merge all of its chat services into one.

Now it is being reported that Facebook wants to bring back Messenger Chats back to the main app, which is not a unusual move at all. "We do not have any additional details to share at this time".

Of course, this doesn't necessarily mean a public comeback of the app's "Chats" section is right around the corner.

You may remember that Facebook spurned off Messenger way back in 2011 where it was originally called Facebook Chat. Facebook was spotted testing the feature by an app researcher Jane Manchun Wong. The feature, which is now in testing, would mean that users could use Facebook to access both social features and messaging plus other elements that exist in Messenger. Yeah, unfortunately. It appears that the chat functionality within the Facebook app will be pretty limited, only allowing you to send and reply to text-based messages.

Zuckerberg's Facebook acquired both Instagram and WhatsApp a few years ago and they both have developed into giant platforms with more than half the population of the planet now using it.

Wong notes that the "Chat" option does not include all the messaging functionality available within Messenger, but it would enable users to interact within messages without having to switch to the separate app. Back in 2014, he explained the forced move to a standalone Messenger app was because, "On mobile, each app can only focus on doing one thing well, we think".

According to Wong, Facebook is starting to lay the groundwork for integrated messaging throughout all its services.

It is however probable that we will have to wait a few more months before the tests arrive on a large scale.