Facebook may make Messenger chat threads available to interact with right within its main app. That’s according to a discovery by app researcher Jane Manchun Wong who tweeted out images of a new, much brighter version of the Facebook app with direct Messenger integration. A new page allows you to text those who’ve spoken to before using the chatting app. You can’t call or video chat with them from the Facebook interface, however.
Back in the day, Facebook Messenger was built directly into the main Facebook app. That was before the company decoupled the services and over populated the Messenger app with a bunch of bloatware that no one used. Since then, the app has become simplified and straightforward, so much so that it’s actually a pleasure to use instead of a pain.
But convenience may only be part of the reason for the switch back in time. Not too long ago, it was reported that Facebook was looking to make cross-platform messaging between Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram Direct possible. Today’s discovery may mean that the company wants the main Facebook app to be as connected as Messenger would be after the integration. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the iMessage-like platform shift won’t be arriving this year, so what’s being talked about today should be taken with a grain of salt since we won’t know anything for sure for a while.
That being said, it’s interesting to see these changes already in testing. It’s expected that this change will take some time to make, but I don’t think any of us were expecting to see evidence of the development process this early on. But like I said, we’re a good bit away from any official announcements in this regard, so anything could change in the meantime.