Since 2014, if you've wanted to use the functions of Facebook's messaging features on your Android smartphone, you've had to download the Messenger app, which is totally separate from the regular Facebook app. It appears it's now backtracking on that and looking to roll chats back into the main Facebook app.
App researcher Jane Manchung Wong has detected that Facebook is testing the integration of Messenger chats.
As you can see in the screenshots Wong posted, users will be able to tap the existing Messenger button in the Facebook app and be taken to their messages directly in the app instead of that button working as it does now, which launches the individual Facebook Messenger app instead. 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. The New York Times cited sources within Facebook as saying that while the services will remain as their own apps, the tech behind all three will be unified. It hasn't yet been confirmed by Facebook, however, and it's unclear when the change might take place. Gizmodo reached out to Facebook for comment but did not immediately receive a response. Since then, Instagram's and WhatsApp's founders have all departed - rather abruptly - after Zuckerberg started weighing in more. Fast forwarding four years, Facebook has finally chose to reconsider its decision on moving Chats away from the Facebook app.