Currently, only basic chats can be sent in the Facebook app.
As of now, users who tap on the message icon in Facebook are then taken to Messenger. According to Wong, the upcoming messages section will be limited to simple text conversations while more advanced features like calls and file sharing will still require the Messenger app.
Having pushed its users to install Messenger on their mobile devices to continue chatting with their contacts, Facebook seems ready to take a big step back, basically returning to its origins.
A Facebook spokeswoman said that the company did not have any additional details to share at this time.
Considering this controversial plan that's sending shivers down the spine of privacy advocates while no doubt also facing scrutiny from regulatory bodies around the world, it's certainly not surprising to hear the main Facebook mobile app could regain its messaging functionality before long.
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In a tweet, app researcher Jane Manchun Wong uploaded a screenshot of the new integrated chat function. "Messenger remains a feature-rich, stand-alone messaging app with over a billion people using it monthly to connect with the people and businesses they care about most".
Wong warns that Messenger inside Facebook won't offer all of the features you expect from the standalone Messenger app.
This does have some advantages, like the ability to use Messenger without using Facebook. Namely, the ability to send and receive messages, while reactions, calls, and photos might remain exclusive to Messenger.
As part of that mission, it looks like Messenger will be coming back to the main Facebook app.