Facebook appears to flip the switch to integrate the chat system for Instagram and Messenger. On Friday evening, several editors The ledge Across the country – on both iOS and Android devices – Instagram’s mobile app saw a pop-up update screen with “a new way to message on Instagram”, including “a new colorful look for your chat “Including many features. More emoji responses, swipe-to-reply, and bigger: “Chat with friends who use Facebook.”
Once you hit the update, the regular DM icon at the top right of Instagram is replaced by the Facebook Messenger logo. Chats on Instagram are actually more colorful than before, with sender’s messages between blue and purple as you scroll. However, it is still not possible to message Facebook users from Instagram, at least for now.
But Facebook has clarified its plan to unify its highly popular app’s messaging platform to allow cross-messaging between Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. Facebook was asked to rebuild the underlying infrastructure so that users who were on only one of its apps could connect with others using various Facebook apps. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also said that he wants the system to be encrypted end-to-end. By integrating its most popular apps, Facebook may be able to compete more with Apple’s iMessage.
Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012 for $ 1 billion, and in 2014 bought WhatsApp for $ 19 billion. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday evening.