For many people, the Facebook family of apps will take up a large amount of real-estate on their smartphones. Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram are among the most popular apps across both iOS and Android and they may be coming closer together.
In what’s being called a limited test, Facebook is showing notifications from all three services within its main mobile application. This means when scrolling through the Facebook Newsfeed it is possible to tap one button and see if you have any new Instagram or Messenger notifications.
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The test was first spotted by social media analyst Mari Smith, who posted a screenshot of her own notifications to Facebook.
In the image, the Messenger icon that appears in the top right-hand corner of the app has been replaced by a profile picture and notification number.
When pressed, a small tray appears from the bottom of the screen and allows the other services to be seen, along with their notification numbers. By clicking on the notifications the other app will launch. The new notification system may also be appearing in both the Instagram and Messenger apps, to allow users to move between each.
After the photo was posted online, Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch that the test is genuine. “We are conducting a very small test to make it easier for people to discover and connect with the people and things they care about,” a spokesperson told the publication.
They continued: “We’re exploring ways to help people switch more easily between their Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram accounts”.
As the feature is only a test, it’s highly possible that it may never be launched on a larger scale or across all users. Other recent tests by Facebook have included the service adding a new tab to its Newsfeed, to show alternative news stories and content that may be outside of a user’s echo chamber.
And Facebook has also tested showing people a variety of content through adding a rocket icon into its menu at the bottom of its iOS app and top of its Android app.