Opening the door again to a feature it has thrown out back in 2013
Facebook may possibly bring back a messaging feature it removed some three years back: SMS integration. The company was previously immersed in the culture of giving Android users the option to view as well as respond to text messages via the channel of its Facebook Messenger app, but then it grounded the feature back in November 2013 owing to reasons pertaining to discouraging adoption.
Now a very closely related option is on the table again up for a select handful Android owners. If this change is enacted, the implication is that Facebook Messenger could work in close pattern to Google Hangouts, which employs the combination of Google Chat messages and SMS texts into a single client.
Facebook has made official confirmation of the test, announcing it, “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.” Facebook is also going about the launch of multiple account support for its Android Messenger app.
Back then in 2012, when Facebook first launched the feature, the company made declarations as to its operational mode of not storing texts as well as it would technically prohibit the feature from working on its web version of Messenger or on other platforms. It is quite uncertain if the same limitations would be in the scene this time around.
If you want to check if your app presents the SMS option, simply go to the Messenger settings panel and look for “Change SMS App”.