Facebook messenger has added the new feature – video calling. Now you can have face-to-face conversations with your friends, via Messenger. A move that surely is to compete with the likes of Skype, Apple’s, Facetime and even Google’s Hangouts.
The built-in Facebook friend contact list makes Messenger video chat simple and People on iOS and Android devices can start a video chat with friends by tapping on the video camera icon on the top right corner of a message thread. The feature is also available for the desktop version of Messenger. Mobile-to-desktop video calling is so far not compatible, but there are plans to implement this at a later date. Messenger already offers people the ability to make voice calls to friends, and Video calling will expand Messenger’s real-time communication features.
Video calling in Messenger is launched today for people on iOS and Android in Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the UK, the US and Uruguay. With more regions being added in the coming months.
It’s clear that this new move by Facebook is so their messenger can be the number one go to for all your communication needs. Their recent buy out of Whatsapp back in February, 2014 for a whopping $19 billion was the beginning of the process.
Earlier this year, the social network also announced that people could start sending payments to friends through the app and with Facebook Messenger being used by an estimated 600 million people, it is slowly making a pitch to become the juggernaut for Mobile communication.
For all the features and further information on messenger, check out the official Facebook Messenger site here.