Facebook introduces video calling on Messenger app - Daily News & Analysis

The add-on feature for Messenger is Facebook's answer to Skype and Google Hangouts.

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Facebook has introduced video calling on its mobile messaging platform, allowing users to chat face-to-face with their friends by tapping a single button inside the Messenger app. The new feature pits Messenger against similar products from other companies like, Microsoft's Skype, Google Hangouts, and Apple's FaceTime, reported The Verge.

Stan Chudnovsky, Facebook's VP of growth and global strategy, said that the focus of Facebook's developers was on making video work well on relatively low-bandwidth cell networks and, therefore, the feature works over both LTE and Wi-Fi connections.

Users just have to tap the camera icon in order to start a call and, once it has started, they can easily switch between the front-facing and rear cameras, or turn the camera off completely. The app is currently available in a few countries, including United States, UK, Canada and France, and is compatible across Android and iOS.

The feature is expected to help Messenger build on its considerable momentum. The app already has 600 million monthly active users and makes about 10 percent of all internet-based phone calls. 


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