Facebook Messenger might be returning to the main Facebook app

As it stands, the only way to send a message to one of your Facebook friends on your phone is to download the Messenger app from the App Store or Google Play and log in to your account.

Researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who is well known for reverse-engineering popular social media apps, posted screenshots to Twitter on Friday of Facebook's app with a Messenger icon in the top right-hand corner, which taps through into the Messenger inbox.

Having pushed its users to install Messenger on their mobile devices to continue chatting with their contacts, Facebook seems ready to take a big step back, basically returning to its origins.

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Right now, Chat only supports basic text and lacks many of Messenger's features, including making calls, photo sharing and reactions, though this could be because it's still in a testing phase.

Since that time, Facebook acquired WhatsApp and is now preparing to integrate chat and messaging functions across the two services, as well as with Instagram. "We do not have any additional details to share at this time". Fast forwarding four years, Facebook has finally chose to reconsider its decision on moving Chats away from the Facebook app. Facebook says these individual apps will remain, and Wong believes if chat is eventually integrated into the core app, the Messenger application will be used to serve a different market.

While there are certainly benefits to this (using Messenger without downloading the Facebook app being one of them) it doesn't make much sense overall.

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