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Facebook set to integrate WhatsApp into ‘Facebook for Android’

After a little over a year of Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp, the social network is reportedly developing deep integration between the messaging platform and its Android, reports Geektime

After a little over a year of Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp, the social network is reportedly developing deep integration between the messaging platform and its Android, reports Geektime

According to the report, Facebook has begun testing a new feature on its Android application and will incorporate a “send” button with the WhatsApp icon along with the status actions buttons, which allow users to like, comment and share, and appear at the bottom of a post.

The report adds that the new feature is being tested on version 31.0.0.7.13 of the Facebook Android application. 

Here are some screen shots of what the new integration will look like:

Previously, WhatsApp’s co-founder and CEO Jan Koum had promised users that after the acquisition nothing was going to change and that WhatsApp would keep operating independently. And up until today, there have been no confirmed news about an integration between the two platforms. On the contrary, Facebook has been pushing its Messenger platform, especially with its latest announcement at F8.

According to the Geektime report, this is merely a first step towards connecting the two platforms in order to sustain growth and take control of the messaging market together. The teams from both companies are already working on a deeper integration that will include the ability to send messages between Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

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