Ever since Facebook acquired WhatsApp, both companies have announced loud and clear that they have no intention to mix their main mobile applications and that WhatsApp Messenger will remain independent even after this takeover.
Well, it seems that one year after the acquisition things are about to change if we are to take into consideration that latest changes Facebook has implemented into its Android application.
Back in 2014, WhatsApp said in its blog post about Facebook and WhatsApp relationship:
WhatsApp will remain autonomous and operate independently. You can continue to enjoy the service for a nominal fee. You can continue to use WhatsApp no matter where in the world you are, or what smartphone you’re using. And you can still count on absolutely no ads interrupting your communication. There would have been no partnership between our two companies if we had to compromise on the core principles that will always define our company, our vision and our product.
This is the first instance of Facebook working towards a Facebook and WhatsApp integration. This looks like the first step to merge both the platforms. Geektime writes that both Facebook and WhatsApp are closely working on an integration more prominent. It’s very much possible that users will be soon able to exchange messages between Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.
The folks over at Geektime have been recently tipped on a new feature that might seem minor at first glance, but with deep implications when it comes to the interdependence of WhatsApp Messenger and Facebook applications.
It looks like Facebook for Android version 188.8.131.52.13, which is not yet available to everyone, has a new feature that allows users to share their status updates via WhatsApp Messenger.
Those using Facebook for Android frequently probably know that you can share your status updates or anything from the application by clicking the Share button. This allows you to share Facebook info through several social networks, email, Bluetooth and others.
The new feature seems to be available for select Android users
However, this particular version of Facebook for Android has a dedicated button that allows you to share your posts, status and anything else directly through WhatsApp.
The change does not show on everyone’s application yet, so Facebook might test this new feature with a select group of users.
While this isn’t necessarily a bad change, it remains to be seen what other additions Facebook plans to include into its Android application that has something to do with WhatsApp.
One thing is clear though, Facebook is actively looking for ways to implement WhatsApp services into its Android application. It may be possible for WhatsApp to get a few Facebook features in the process? Only time will tell how deep this integration will go for WhatsApp and Facebook users.