Facebook evidently continues to add new capabilities to its FB Messenger app, offering an impressive inventory of different tools and features, and compared with longer-serving rivals and finally today, with the launch of a new video calling feature, which was missing from Facebook Messenger. Still, an official announcement confirmed that the new cross-platform video chat support will soon be included among Messenger’s features, with iOS and Android users across 18 different nations benefiting initially. More details on this new FB Messenger video calling for iOS and Android can be found right after this fold.
Announced via the company’s official Newsroom, face-to-face video chat is coming, and firing up a video convo is as simple as taping the video icon in the top right corner of the in-chat display. With WhatsApp VoIP already part of the Facebook Messenger package, it was somewhat inevitable that video calls would join the party at some point and this addition puts Facebook in competition with Google’s Hangouts, Microsoft’s Skype, and other similar services. While the company is touting it as “fast, reliable and high quality.”
Obviously, it can’t be worse than WhatsApp’s VoIP chat, which has already been pushed out to Android and, a few days back, iPhone. It’s voice calling feature leaves much to be desired though, here’s hoping that Facebook Messenger’s voice hat is at least a tad more refined.
Video calling will be available on an updated version of Messenger launching on the Play Store later. The new feature will spread its wings to other locations “over the coming months,” continues the official blog post, and we will be covering all such updated data with details here.
Facebook says the feature will begin rolling out today, and has outlined 18 launch countries:
Video calling in Messenger is launching 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.