Facebook announced on Monday that it will bring audio and video calling back to its main app. The change is considered “just a test” and may already be seen by a small group of users.
According to the source, Mark Zuckerberg’s company has decided to back down and will again add communication features to the Facebook app.
A few years ago, users could send messages to other Facebook users through the main social networking application. However, in 2014, the company announced that the Messenger platform would become a standalone app. At the time, Facebook argued that Messenger needed to have its own app to get even more features, and indeed, the Messenger app has grown significantly since then.
Although audio and video calls are returning to the Facebook app, text chat remains available exclusively on the Messenger app for now. Earlier this month, Facebook already announced end-to-end encryption of audio and video calls on Messenger. The latest update also includes support for QR codes and payment links.
The new communication features in the Facebook app are now rolling out to select US users, according to Messenger Product Director Connor Hayes. Nothing has been reported yet about extending to more users or regions.