The new feature comes as an upgrade of Facebook’s Messenger in order to simplify communication among users. People can start a video conversation very easily, just by taping one button. Video calling sounds more easy and fast than texting.
For example if you are texting with someone and you feel that you need more than words to express yourself, you can just tap the video icon in the top right corner(“see me-see you”), explained Facebook on their blog.
Facebook Messenger video calling is available for both IOS and Android and users can also make video calls between the two platforms. This means that even if you have an iPhone and the other persons has an Android phone, you can still get the connection. For the moment the feature hasn’t been released for Windows phones as well.
Apart from that, the feature works pretty much similar to any other video calling system. You can choose to film with the front camera or with the back camera. On the screen there is a small icon in which you can see yourself and which you can drag. If you don’t want for the other person to see your face you can always use the blinders.
Facebook’s vice president for Messaging, David Marcus explained that communication on Facebook Messenger is already happening at an intense level and they have been working for a while on the feature to make sure they obtain the right quality for video calling, especially when the internet connection is a little weak. Facebook Messenger has 600 million users who use it to communicate monthly.
Marcus stated that he has personally tested the feature by video calling Facebook employees before the launch. He tested with an iPhone 6 plus and a Google Nexus 6. He admitted that it might be too soon to come with a definite opinion, but the quality proved good all over the world.
However if you wish to share files while you are video calling, this option is not yet available. Marcus was poor in revealing how this concept will evolve but he did mention that video calling is an area in which they will keep investing.
Facebook has been trying to keep upgrading its Messenger with different new features. Last month the media platform has released a payment method that allows users to make money transfers.
Video calling is not something new in the tech world and Facebook has been among the last ones to make this kind of upgrade. There are other tech companies which have been working this option for years such as FaceTime by Apple, Skype owned by Microsoft or Hangout by Google.
Facebook has announced that the video calling feature is presently working in countries like Canada, Belgium, France, Croatia, Denmark, Ireland, Greece, Lithuania, Mexico, Laos, Norway, Nigeria, Poland, Oman, Portugal, Uruguay, the United Kingdom and the United States.
These are just a few of the countries where the service is currently available but during the next months Facebook video call will work in other parts of the world as well.
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