Saturday, 13 April 2019

Facebook to allow sending messages without Messenger

Facebook has come up with unique idea of separating Messanger from the app and a new app to be installed to chat with friends on the messanger app. Coming to the latest developments, Facebook is planning to bring back Messanger into main app.

Integrated 'Chats' section :-

Renowned reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong spotted a new
'Chats' section integrated with the Facebook app.

The section listed messages from previous conversations and opened from the same button that currently takes us to the standalone Messenger app. Now, this kind of integration is exactly how Facebook messaging used to work before the entry of Messenger in 2014.

Chats section listed messages, but lacked popular features

The Chats section, as Wong described, listed her previous Facebook messages but only with basic functionalities of seeing and replying to messages. There were no popular 'Messenger-specific' capabilities, like the option to send message reactions, share photo/video, or to make a call.

Mark's update in blog regarding testing
Why Facebook is taking this U-turn?

The integration, which still appears to be in the early testing stage, would allow users to message their Facebook friends without installing Messenger.

Now, this looks like a clear U-turn, but Wong indicates it could be the social network's way of laying the groundwork for the integration of Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram DM - a move that would enable cross-platform messaging between services.

Messanger comes into Facebook like this.. credit -Jane Manchun Wong
Facebook has not commented on the development or the testing of the new section.

Still, Wong believes that the introduction of this feature, whenever it may be, won't mark the end of Messenger.

She believes the product serves a different market and will be retained, perhaps to offer access to advanced messaging features missing in the chats section.

When Facebook plans to merge its messaging services?

Facebook announced the plan to merge the underlying infrastructure of Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram DMs back in January.

The apps will work separately but share the same architecture and features like end-to-end encryption.

So far, reports have indicated that thousands of developers are working on the mission, which may be completed by the end of 2019 or in early 2020.

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