Fearing that simple words, emojis and GIF’s simply aren’t enough anymore, Facebook decided to improve on the features of its Messenger app.
In a move that seems to be suggesting the company’s intentions of taking on Skype, a video calling feature has just been introduced to the social media platform’s standalone messenger app. But Skype isn’t the sole competitor, as other messaging apps such as Google Hangouts and Apple’s FaceTime are also in for some friendly competition.
Considering Facebook’s 600 million user base, such a decision stops being bold and starts making a lot of sense.
Chatting face-to-face will now be much simpler as Facebook’s Messenger app has incorporated a “voice-call” button for both iOS and Android users. It’s located at the top right-hand corner of the app’s screen. What’s even better is that voice calling will be possible regardless of device differences (Apple users will be able to call friends using Android Devices).
This newly-announced video feature builds on an already existing voice call capability of Messenger. Head of Product for Messenger, Stan Chudnovsky and Engineering Manager Param Reddy proudly announced this video-call feature, noting that users can easily have “face-to-face conversations with friends.”
And it seems that video calling isn’t the only feature in store for Facebook users. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, hinted towards a myriad of features waiting to be added to Messenger during Facebook’s annual developer conference. Users are already able to voice and video call and even send money to friends within the Messenger app.
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