Facebook has intentions to bring back the audio and video calling functions in its main application, functions that came to exist a decade ago, but that it eliminated a few years later.
To this end, it is already beginning to conduct the corresponding tests in a number of markets, including the United States, although at the moment it remains to be known what other Messenger features could also be integrated into the main application.
A new attempt to bring parts of Messenger back to the main app
At this point, faced with the possibility that Facebook’s main app could be a competitor to Messenger, the aforementioned spokesperson points out that “for a full-featured messaging, audio and video calling experience, people should continue to use Messenger.”
For now, these are all unknowns, although it could make sense in the long term, considering the company’s intentions to unify its existing messaging functions in its different applications on a platform that would allow users to intercommunicate between the different applications, without the need to have all of them, i.e. a WhatsApp user could get in touch with a Facebook contact without even needing to have an account on that platform.
Of course, Facebook will also have to perfectly measure the steps it takes in this regard to avoid angering users, taking into account the poor reception of Messenger and Instagram direct message integrations.
It is not the first time that Facebook groped the possibility of integrating Messenger or parts of it to its main application, since in 2019, the company also tested to return to have text chat through a dedicated inbox.
One no longer knows how far the company aspires to go, although it is likely that it wants to realize such a level of unification that makes it impossible to split it, as has been requested from various public bodies for years, the most recent being the request that the Federal Trade Commission made in this regard a few days ago.