Facebook plans to merge its messaging services on Whatsapp, Facebook messenger and Instagram into one single app. What this actually means is that, users of these platforms will be able to chat on these three services simultaneously in one app.
These three will still remain stand-alone apps, but their messaging service will be linked to each other so messages can flow between the different platforms.
According to New York Times, Facebook founder – Mark Zuckerberg – is the brain behind all these. It’s his personal project. Mark went further to say it was a start of a “long process”.
Once complete, the merger would mean that a Facebook user could communicate directly with someone who only has a WhatsApp account or Instagram account.
This is currently impossible as the applications have no common core. According to source, the work to merge these three messaging services is already in progress and it’s expected to be completed by the end of 2019 or early next year 2020.
For now, the messaging services will continue to operate on their own respective platforms, but their underlying technical infrastructure will be unified, said four people involved in the work.
That will bring together three of the world’s largest messaging networks, which between them have more than 2.6 billion users, allowing people to communicate across the platforms for the first time.