But then Facebook made a decision to remove the messaging feature from the app and forced users to use the dedicated Facebook Messenger app to send and receive Facebook messages. According to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong (via The Verge), the company is testing the possibility of bringing Facebook messages back into Facebook's main mobile app.
In the tweet below, not only does Wong show off the Facebook app redesign that should be landing in the next couple of months (one which looks eerily similar to the Messenger app redesign), but we also see that the Messenger button at the top of the app no longer redirects you to the Messenger app.More news: 5 candidates to replace Dave Joerger as head coach
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. Gizmodo reached out to Facebook for comment but did not immediately receive a response. 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". 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.
He added that "tens of millions" of Android users who use Messenger as their default app would benefit from having end-to-end encryption enabled as a default. It means Instagram users can people on WhatsApp and vice versa.More news: Netflix's Wine Country Trailer: Friendship Is a Trip
Initially, Zuckerberg promised that Instagram and WhatsApp would remain independent. It's totally possible Facebook will start small and then eventually bring over all the functions of Messenger, but we don't know yet.More news: Molinari leads by 2 entering Masters' final round
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