Facebook may return messenger chats back to its main social media app. The feature is currently in testing and was discovered by app researcher Jane Manchun Wong . This means you can access both the social media platform and newsroom items with a single app. The change uses the existing messenger button in the Facebook app, but takes you to a new "chats" section instead of opening the separate messenger app.
Messenger was first released in 2011 as a standalone app and 2014 removed from Facebook its functionality from the app of the same name. Half a decade later, as Facebook prepares to integrate its messaging services into Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp, functionality seems to be available again.
In a episode tweet Wong points out that this chat section contains only a limited set of Messenger features. Although you can use it to send and receive messages, you still need to open the stand-alone Messenger app to make calls, send photos, or send responses.
As part of its integration plans for messaging, Facebook purportedly intends to fix this for both. The individual app of the service remains in place. Wong speculates that the same applies to the Messenger app, which she believes serves a different audience than Facebook's main app.
Wong reveals Whong's proposed white redesign of the functionality The App, which was first discovered in early January and which we took a closer look at in March. The user interface accurately reflects the white redesign of Facebook Messenger, which was widely available earlier this year. It is unclear when the new messaging integration or interface might become available.
Updated April 12, 5:20 pm ET: Added information about the available features in the new Chats section.