Seven years after its removal from Facebook in favor of Messenger, voice and video calls seem ready to return to the Facebook app for iOS and Android. Currently in testing, this “novelty” has already been seen by users in the United States and some other countries.
« Reduce the need to switch between applications », This is the objective of FacebookAnd to do this, the group is gradually beginning to repatriate certain Messenger functions to its own application. After reinstalling a limited version of Inbox Delivery courier tests began on Facebook to also add voice and video calls that had been removed from the platform in 2014. The idea was then to direct users to Messenger. Today, Facebook’s strategy is changing and tends towards a more unified experience from one application to another.
“We are testing audio and video calls as part of the Facebook application messaging so that users can make and receive calls regardless of the application they are using. Facebook confirmed after being contacted by Android Central. The group also said Bloomberg that this type of “news”, from Messenger and added to the Facebook application, could become more common in the coming months.
Facebook now sees Messenger as a service
If in recent years Messenger was really used and considered by Facebook as an application in its own right, widely independent from the rest of the group’s platforms, it seems that this doctrine is beginning to change. Messenger is gradually becoming a service that Facebook can use however it wishes in its other applications.
This shift in focus has become more visible in recent months, for example the unification last September of the private messages of Messenger and Instagram. A novelty that should also be extended to WhatsApp. It should also be noted that voice and video calls based on Messenger technology are now used on both Instagram and Oculus. The same happens with the devices of the Facebook Portal that also take advantage of it.
The fact is, this Facebook control over our daily lives through its constellation of apps is increasingly disliked by regulators. As you remember Android Central, the Federal Trade Commission recently attacked Facebook in antitrust. The goal of the US commission is, in particular, to force Facebook to resell Instagram or WhatsApp so that their presence is less widespread on our smartphones.
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