Facebook Messenger may soon become far more than a chat client, with the social networking service apparently planning to offer in-store purchases through its mobile app, after the company signaled it could partner with Apple Pay for retail checkouts.
According to The Information, coding found tucked inside the Facebook Messenger App reveals clues for how the chat app aims to add point-of-sale functionality, including a feature that would allow people to bypass lines and pay in-store using the app.
It's unknown how the service will work, but Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in January that it's possible that his company could forge partnerships with the likes of Apple to enable a payments service, such as through in-app purchases. Facebook is interested in creating a system that makes it easy for users to interact with businesses, which would enable the social networking giant to potentially charge more money for ad space.
"We'll partner with everyone who does payments," Zuckerberg said.
"We look at the stuff that Apple is doing with Apple Pay, for example, as a really neat innovation in the space that takes a lot of friction out of transactions as well."
With no specific release date in sight it will be interesting to see how Facebook Messenger introduces their payment feature and what partnerships they form in doing so.
From a consumer perspective, it would be pretty neat to zip from Facebook messaging your mom one minute to paying for her Mother's Day flowers the next, all from within one app.
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