A report a week ago proposed that Facebook is intending to consolidate Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram messaging into a single, unified platform. Amid Facebook’s Q4 2018 earnings call tonight, Mark Zuckerberg affirmed this is something the organization is thinking about however said it’s not happening this year.
A week ago’s report clarified that combining Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp strings, clients would probably effectively impart crosswise over stages. Further, the change would expand the accessibility of end-to-end encryption, something that Zuckerberg tended to on today’s call.
Speaking to investors today, Zuckerberg said that the combination of Messenger, WhatsApp, And Instagram is still in the early stages of planning. As confirmed by The Verge, he said that “to whatever term we end up doing this” would likely not appear until 2020 or later.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that the undertaking — “to whatever term we end up doing this” — would likely not appear until 2020 and past.
“The integration that we’re thinking about, we’re really early in thinking through this,” Zuckerberg said on the company’s Q4 earnings call. “There’s a lot more we need to figure out.”
With respect to why Facebook needs to join the three stages, Zuckerberg clarified that one advantage is in extended end-to-end encryption. For instance, this would empower a Messenger client to send an end-to-end encoded message to a WhatsApp client, or an Instagram client to send an encrypted message to a WhatsApp client.
“I think it’s the direction we should be going with more things in the future,” Zuckerberg said in connection to growing the accessibility of end-to-end messaging.
Zuckerberg likewise brought up that a consolidated messaging platform will bridge certain gaps in correspondence. For example, he said that somebody may utilize Marketplace on Facebook, yet then need to utilize WhatsApp for messaging, something he supposes the unification will solve.
In conclusion, he clarified that the merger would make an “iMessage-like layer for SMS.”
He additionally featured the likelihood that Messenger — and the consolidated WhatsApp/Instagram system — could serve as an iMessage-like layer for SMS that would offer more functionality and security.
Eventually, in any case, obviously the mix of Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp messaging is a ways away, so regardless, you’ll need to hold up for a little while to try it.