Fb is testing including voice and video calls to the primary Fb app, Bloomberg reports. The options are at present a part of the standalone Messenger app, which Fb initially spun out of its big blue main app in 2011 and officially removed in 2014.
Voice and video calls are two of a number of Messenger options that Fb has launched in its different merchandise like Portal video cameras and Oculus virtual reality headsets. The corporate hasn’t shared if it plans to convey different components of Messenger again into the fold, however Messenger’s director of product administration did inform Bloomberg that “you’re going to begin to see fairly a bit extra of this over time.”
Fb confirmed to The Verge that it’s testing voice and video calls in “a number of international locations, together with the US.” The corporate didn’t share what number of customers will see the options or what this implies for the standalone Messenger app sooner or later aside from “for a full-featured messaging, audio and video name expertise, individuals ought to proceed utilizing Messenger.”
Including voice and video calls to the Fb app makes about as a lot sense as spinning off Messenger within the first place. Sure, it means there’s one much less app to modify between when you’re doing different issues in your pc or telephone, nevertheless it additionally means you’ll should work together with (or at the least see) Fb on the best way — one thing I’m unsure everyone seems to be fascinated about doing.
There’s additionally the chance that weaving Messenger into Fb attracts the identical sorts of criticism that unifying Messenger and Instagram direct messages did. It looks like it makes a large firm like Fb even harder to break up — which would be the level.
This isn’t the primary suggestion that Fb was contemplating getting Messenger again into Fb, both. In 2019, the corporate tested bringing text chats back into the main app with a devoted inbox and splashed “from Facebook” throughout Oculus, Instagram, and WhatsApp.