Facebook says it’s testing a way for users to receive, read and respond to their SMS-based conversations in its Messenger application for mobile devices. The feature, which would be optional if broadly rolled out, could help to shift users away from their default texting application and see them increasing their time spent Facebook Messenger instead.
Also new is added support for using Messenger with multiple accounts – a feature designed for those who shared devices.
The social network confirmed the SMS tests were underway following reports of what appeared to be the return of SMS support in Messenger.
As the blog Android Police noted, some users were seeing a new SMS Settings pane that allowed them to use Messenger as an SMS client.
When texting a friend in Messenger with the option enabled, the prompt in the text input box would read “Write an SMS message.” The messages sent as SMS texts would then appear as purple bubbles, instead of Messenger’s usual blue, the blog also said.