Facebook s Messenger has evolved a lot after the company decided to develop it as a standalone platform. From the ability to send and receive money to location sharing, the Messenger has improved and grown to 800 million monthly active users. Even as Facebook is set to integrate an AI-based M personal assistant, the company is testing a few more basic yet very useful features in the Messenger. Also Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!
Spotted by Android Police, Facebook is soon going to add the integration of SMS along with support for multiple accounts. Facebook also confirmed that it is testing these new features. “At Messenger we are always trying to create new ways for people to communicate seamlessly with everyone,” a Facebook spokesperson told Engadget. Also Read - What happens to your Facebook account after you die?Also Read - WhatsApp Multi-device support confirmed, public beta rollout begins in two months: Mark Zuckerberg
“Right now, we’re testing the ability for people to easily bring all their conversations — from SMS and Messenger — to one place. It’s a really simple way to get, see and respond to all your SMS messages in just one app. By choosing to access your SMS messages in Messenger, they’re right alongside all the other enhanced features that Messenger offers.”
It is worth pointing out here Facebook Messenger already featured SMS support, but had been pulled due to lower adoption. Addition of the SMS feature will allow users to have their regular text and Messenger messages at one place. Facebook Messenger has 800 million monthly active users globally.
It s notable Google s Hangouts has also similar feature. To use Hangouts as the default app for text messages, users need to turn on SMS for Hangouts from the settings.
As far as the multiple account support goes, it s will be interesting to see how many users will be using it as the most have single account. Facebook, however, says the feature is likely to benefit those who share devices with their family and friends.
“Millions of people share phones with their family and friends. Until now, there hasn’t been an easy way for people to access their individual Messenger accounts from shared devices. To address this, we’ve launched a feature on Android to enable multiple people to log in and use Messenger from a single phone, the Facebook spokesperson added.