Facebook could be planning to fold Messenger back into the ‘big blue app.’
Code spotted in the main Facebook app by eagle-eyed app researcher Jane Manchun Wong shows a new integrated chat function involving Messenger.
It would mean that users wouldn’t have to leave the Facebook app in order to review their chat conversations.
In a screenshot, the messenger icon can be seen in the upper right corner of the Facebook dashboard.
Once users click on that, it opens a separate window showing your chats and any notifications, just like the Messenger app.
Wong clarified that while users would be able to respond to Messenger chats within the Facebook app, some functions would remain off-limits.
Users would still need to use the standalone Messenger app to make calls, send photos or send message reactions, Wong said.
‘For now, this new “Chats” section seems to only contain the basic chat functionalities,’ she added.