Facebook appears to flipping the switch on incorporating the chat systems for Instagram and Messenger. On Friday evening, a number of editors at The Verge across the country– on both iOS and Android gadgets– noticed an upgrade screen popped up in Instagrams mobile app with the message “Theres a New Way to Message on Instagram” with a list of features including a “brand-new colorful appearance for your chats,” more emoji reactions, swipe-to-reply, and the big one: “chat with good friends who utilize Facebook.”
The regular DM icon in the top right of Instagram is replaced by the Facebook Messenger logo as soon as you strike upgrade. Talks on Instagram are certainly more vibrant than before, with the senders messages moving between blue and purple as you scroll. Nevertheless, at least for right now, its still not possible to message Facebook users from Instagram.
However Facebook has actually made clear its plans to merge the messaging platforms of its hugely popular apps to allow cross-messaging among Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Facebook was stated to be restoring the underlying facilities so users who were on just one of its apps might link to others using different Facebook apps. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also said he desires the system to be end-to-end encrypted. By incorporating its most popular apps, Facebook might be able to contend more directly with Apples iMessage.
Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 billion in 2012, and purchased WhatsApp in 2014 for $19 billion. The company did not right away respond to a request for remark Friday evening.