Jane Manchun Wong, who discovers new features by reverse engineering the code of popular apps like Facebook and Spotify, has revealed that the company might be testing the move to bring Chat option back into the app. While the button on the top right lets users open Messenger currently, He says that it could be used to display chats within the Facebook app.
This move may not be surprising as with certain updates,the app took the liberty of installing Facebook Messenger on Android phones without seeking any permission from users.
For now, this new “Chats” section seems to only contain the basic chat functionalities. To give message reactions, make a call, send photos, etc, you’d still have to open the Messenger app
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) April 12, 2019
Facebook app being probed by Wong, he found that the Chats menu only offered basic chat functionality. For other features such as reactions, sending media, or calling, he had to open the Messenger app. Interestingly, there’s an option to send GIF responses. So, we can expect a limited Direct Messaging Interface, quite similar to Instagram, also owned by Facebook Inc.
In coming few weeks, it would be clear what Facebook has stored for us normal users.