+ Thursday November 14th, 2019

In the beginning, WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook were three separate apps from three separate companies that had little to do with each other. In 2019, though, these services are all owned by Facebook, and though operated somewhat independently, there are reports that’s about to change.

According to a report in the New York Times, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to see some kind of unification across the three products, and in particular, in their messaging services.

While the apps will likely continue to exist as standalone apps (which don’t require installing the others), Facebook’s move is to unify the underlying infrastructure to bring all three up to a higher standard.  One example given is bringing end-to-end encryption to messaging services. The unification of infrastructure would also allow – if the company desired – a merger of elements of each service.

Facebook is reportedly aiming to merge some of the infrastructure required by the end of the year, but the company remains coy on what it’s actually doing. The company gave this statement on the report:

“We’re working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and family across networks.”

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Source: New York Times.

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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I only use FB products on an old phone signed into a totally separate Google account with zero access to my regular contacts, msgs, emails etc. I’ve never used WhatsCrapp because I refused to agree to upload my contacts but if FB messenger or Instagram start wanting this, there are just no contacts for them to have.


This can’t be good news . .

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