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Facebook Messenger can return to the main Facebook application.

Facebook can return Messenger chats to its main social networking app. This feature is currently being tested and seen by application researcher Jane Munchoon Wong, and this means that you can use one application to access both the social networking platform and the messaging service elements. To change, use the existing Messenger button in the Facebook application, but instead of opening a separate Messenger application, you move to a new "Chats” section.

Messenger was first released as a separate application in 2011, and in 2014, Facebook removed its functionality from the application of the same name. Half a decade later, when Facebook is preparing to integrate its messaging services through Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp, this functionality returns.
In a subsequent tweet, Wong notes that this chat section contains only a limited set of Messenger features. Although you can use it to send and receive messages, you still need to open a separate Messenger application to make calls, send photos, or send messages.

Reportedly, Facebook plans to continue to exist for each individual application as part of its messaging integration plans. Wong believes the same applies to the Messenger app, which she believes will be used to serve a different audience than the main Facebook app.

The screenshots of Wong’s features show Facebook’s proposed white redesign for the application, which was first seen in early January and which we’ve reviewed better in March. The interface accurately reflects the white design of Facebook Messenger, which became widely available earlier this year. It is unclear when a new integration or messaging interface may become available.

Update April 12, 5:20. ET: Added information about which features are available in the new chat section.

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