Move over Skype! Look out cell phone companies! Facebook is adding video to its messaging service.
“Today, we’re introducing video calling in Messenger. Now you can have face-to-face conversations with your friends and the people you care about, via Messenger, ” said Stan Chudnovsky, Head of Product for Facebook Messenger.
In this respect, Facebook is, in effect, competing with itself. WhatsApp, which the company purchased a few years ago for more than $1 billion, has been developing voice calls to add to its international messaging service. This may moot that.
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Soon we will be telling out grandchildren about a time long ago before everything was done by a few companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft.
“When I was you age we had this thing called a cordless telephone connected to a jack in the wall, ” people will say.
The VCR is already obsolete. Soon land line telephones and even cell phone companies will be too, as everything will be done through wireless internet connections. Soon cable television providers will go bust as everyone will get their TV and movie fixes on line.
The new feature is easy to use. While messaging with another person, a user will simply need to tap on a video icon located on the top right corner of the screen to begin a video conversation with the other user.
Video calling in Messenger is available for calls made from a mobile phone to another mobile phone, even if one person is on iOS and the other person is on an Android device.
It is now available for 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. Facebook will be rolling it out to other regions and locales over the coming months.