Facebook Messenger gets Video Calling to tackle Skype, facetime, and Hangouts




Facebook Messenger

Facebook Inc presented free video calling in its Messenger cellphone app on Monday as the company seeks to change into its mobile messaging provider right into a full-featured platform with the identical attain as its 1.four billion consumer social network.

Messenger, with greater than 600 million users, now has a video icon at the high right nook of its display. Previous this year, Messenger launched voice and video calling between computer systems.

Messenger competes with Microsoft Corp’s Skype, Apple Inc’s facetime and googleinc’s Hangouts, all of which allow video calls between cellular units or computers.

Facebook Messenger gets Video Calling

At Facebook’s annual developer convention in March, Chief govt Mark Zuckerburg said the social network would introduce myriad options inside Messenger. For example, customers may also ship cash to pals inside the app. Facebook also unveiled a platform that allows developers to easily create apps that operate within Messenger.

“Including (video calling) to Messenger as a substitute of the primary Facebook app possibly ties in to Messenger’s mission where it can be a real core particular person-to-person app,” stated Brian Blau, analysis director at Gartner Inc, a U.S. technology analysis and advisory agency. “Now they are really engaging folks with more features.”

Video calling is available on devices the usage of Apple’s ios and Google’s Android mobile running techniques in Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, eire, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the UK, the united states and Uruguay. Facebook said extra regions will be brought in the next few months.