Users will be able to tap the existing Messenger icon in the main app which will lead them directly to the messages without having to launch the dedicated Messenger app. That gave Facebook a whole new, multi-million (now billion) user platform, but the company was largely criticized for the play, and the Messenger app was savaged by reviewers as a result.
A recent report by the researcher Jane Manchun Wong reveals that Facebook is thinking of integrating the Messenger app back into the Facebook mobile app. The development has come at a time when the tech giant is preparing to integrate its messaging service on all its owned social media platforms- Whatsapp, Instagram and Messenger. In January, we heard a rumor that claimed Facebook was looking to combine the chat features of Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp into one service covered by end-to-end encryption, and this could be Facebook's first move toward realizing that goal.
As of now, the feature seems to be in its early stages, and Wong said that the "Chats" section will only have basic text, and won't feature reactions, video chat, calls, or photos tabs.
Back in 2011, when Facebook debuted Messenger as a separate app from its main offering, the company scrubbed all mention of the chat service from the main app to make it clear they were very separate entities. "We do not have any additional details to share at this time". Facebook Dating was first announced back in November 2018 and has launched internationally, but this is the first real glimpse anyone in the US has seen of it in action.
So far, the Chats feature doesn't allow users to perform more advanced tasks, like reacting to messages, making calls or sending images. However, she argues that it could be because the app is now in development. Eagle-eyed users will want to keep an eye on their accounts over the coming months to see if, like Wong, they too see these changes occur.