Facebook is reportedly testing the possibility of bringing Facebook messenger back into its core mobile app.
According to an Engadget report, app researcher, Jane Manchun Wong, found clues that the social media company has been testing whether to delete the Messenger app altogether and instead merge the Messenger app into the main Facebook app.
Facebook revamped its Messenger app in October last year after its studies revealed that users prefer simplicity over a complex-looking interface.
However, all of this could change after the researcher recently tweeted that “Facebook has basically confirmed they’re testing bringing chats back to the app”.
The researcher said that the Messenger app icon will remain, but instead of taking you to a separate app, it would launch the main Facebook app and direct users to a section called ‘Chats’.
Facebook released its Messenger service in 2011, and it used to part of the main Facebook app until April 2014, but the company decided to make it a standalone app.
According to Engadget, Wong said that testing appears to be in the early stages and that the Chats section only has a basic text, and no reactions, calls, video or photos.
She told Engadget that in order to access those features “you’d still have to open the Messenger app”.
In the wake of the recent scandals at the firm, Facebook is reportedly planning to unify its Whatapp, Messenger and Instagram messaging app, adding end-to-end encryption to ensure user privacy.
According to the researcher, Facebook will keep all three apps because “they serve different markets”.
“We are testing ways to improve the messaging experience for people within the Facebook app. 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. We do not have any additional details to share at this time,” a Facebook spokesperson told Engadget.