Following separating chat from the Facebook application, the organization has been investigating approaches to make its Messenger application a versatile platform all alone. Presently, the social networking giant is said to be testing features, for example, SMS integration and multiple account support in the application, to bring its users’ conversations in one place.
A report from Android Police has revealed some insight into these features and the updated UI of the Messenger application, with screenshots acquired from different users. By report, Facebook seems to be testing different sets of features with different users. A build that was initially detected a couple of weeks ago features Android’s Material Design language elements, while having all the typical features from standard builds.
Another form that was recently discovered includes SMS integration and allows users to send normal text messages over the cellular network. The feature, nonetheless, in its present state does not combine chat conversations and text messages from the same user. To differentiate between the two, text message threads are appeared in purple color while chats hold the standard blue color.
The other feature that is being tried is support for multiple accounts in the application without resetting the user’s data. Facebook confirmed to Engadget, that it has been testing these features “for people to easily bring all their conversations – from SMS and Messenger – to one spot” and “to enable multiple people to sign in and use Messenger from a single telephone.”
It looks like these features are being randomly opened for users without the need for sideloading a specific form of the application and might show up for more users in the near future.