"Facebook is bringing the Chats back to the app for preparing integrated messaging", Jane wrote. In the top right corner, you can see the same Messenger icon that brings you to a chat window right in the main app itself. "We do not have any additional details to share at this time". It is not known when this update to the Facebook app will come to the general public. However, if the two apps conjoin, Facebook will take you to a new "Chats" feature, which would not be hosted on an entirely different app. Once developed, the feature would allow users to use a single app to access both the social media platform and elements of the messaging service.
Wong notes that the "Chat" option does not include all the messaging functionality available within Messenger, but it would enable users to interact within messages without having to switch to the separate app.
For now, there is no timeframe for the merger so well have to wait for Facebooks comments but either way, dont expect the standalone WhatsApp and Messenger apps to go anywhere soon. If Facebook unites the three apps, each platform would have the end-to-end encryption that WhatsApp now has, which "protects messages from being viewed by anyone except the participants in a conversation", according to the Times. They will also need the standalone app to send photos, and send reactions to messages. Just like in WhatsApp, all three apps will support end-to-end encryption. Besides getting its users engaged on all three platforms, it is hard to see past Facebook's plan to boost its revenue through merging all three apps.