Facebook has taken the following step in its plans to unify its Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram messaging apps right into a single, unified messaging service. The consequence could be one thing more likely to rival iMessage as an ultra-convenient one-stop messaging possibility …


We first heard back in January that Fb was planning to mix its personal messaging service with these of the apps it acquired: WhatsApp and Instagram. At that time, Fb appeared to verify the report.

Later than month, CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed throughout an earnings name that it’s something the company is ‘considering,’ however that it will not occur this 12 months.

Developer Jane Manchun Wong, who has made a reputation for herself reverse-engineering a spread of apps to identify upcoming options, spotted a sign that the corporate is already prepping for the transfer.

What she discovered helps earlier options about how this might work: you’d nonetheless see separate icons in your machine for the completely different messaging service, however they might all feed into the identical system. On this case, opening Messenger would open the primary Fb app in chat mode.

Wong stated that issues look like at a comparatively early stage as but.

For now, this new “Chats” part appears to solely comprise the fundamental chat functionalities. To provide message reactions, make a name, ship photographs, and so forth, you’d nonetheless should open the Messenger app

Her screenshots additionally point out that Fb is making ready the primary Fb App to have an analogous white-dominated look much like the Messaging app, shedding the sturdy blue theme lengthy related to the social community.

My very own anecdotal proof is that even when all concerned in a chat have iPhones, there’s been an growing tendency for folks to start group chats in Fb Messenger or WhatsApp, suggesting {that a} unified messaging service would possible function a default alternative for a lot of in a lot the identical method iMessage has traditionally by way of its integration with textual content messages.

What’s been your expertise? Do your loved ones and pals default to iMessage, or to a rival service? Tell us within the feedback.

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